pennyarcade Posted March 18, 2011 Report Share Posted March 18, 2011 Hi everyone, many will remember me from the old forum I was a reasonably long time contributor there. I hope everyone is well. What i'm going to talk about to today is two seemingly controversial diagnosis's... HPPD and Candida and how I believe for some people the two may be inextricably linked. I don't want to write a massive post here but I feel I may have to in order to make you see why I have come to this conclusion its like starting all over again on this new forum.... sigh First a briefish history there maybe things here I haven't mentioned before but in retrospect I feel they are important. 90's) I started to notice a faint visual snow when I looked at the sky I also had an increase in floaters which I remember asking my father about because it was bothering me so much. Around this period I became depressed/distant something that seemed to be a sign of things to come 2000/2001) My Visual Snow cleared up or I forgot about it around the time I was attending college. This was when I started smoking Marijuana quite heavily I was self medicating my anxiety and depression and things were seemingly good. I had a recurrent problem with an ingrown toenail for which I was prescribed Antibiotics... It was after this I started getting heavily depressed and lethargic to the point that I couldn't make it into to college most mornings, I remember one morning my lecturer came to my house to wake me up and take me to college he had threatened to kick me off the course but he admitted to me that he to had battled with depression himself and he was somewhat lenient of my situation. 2001) My lethargy had reached new heights I would sleep all day if I could, My mum became worried and purchased this High strength vitamin C formula (cant remember its name but me and my mates used to call them Energon Cubes yeah we are geeks) it gave me a bit of energy but seemed to cause me bad liver pain I had this problem with all vitamin C formulations. August 2001 (Judgement Day) I got drunk of my face at a music festival, A friend kept pestering me to do an LSD microdot with him because he didn't want to do it alone I caved and what followed can only be described as pure Hell. The visuals were not the worst part of that trip though it was intense it was the Pain I experienced and the longevity. After the other people had stopped tripping I was still going i had a massive pain in my liver area and my head at this point and I was becoming increasingly distressed I kept coming back up and even when I was down things were not normal and this was to be my life for the foreseeable future where I wore the brunt of HPPD Things I noticed Post HPPD Messed up vision/perception (I dont think i need to explain this) Auditory Hallucinations (I would hear the door bell or phone ringing and sometimes familiar voice speaking DP/DR Head Pressure My urination was completely clear and remained that way for weeks after the trip my liver pain continued to persist my doctor said it was normal for urine to be clear he basically saw me as an anxious hypochondriac as most doctors do he told me to stop worrying. Increased anxiety Intense depression Inflamed itchy scalp (I thought this was stress related) I imagine I have PTSD as well it was a harrowing experience and the fact it was relentless for years to come made thing worse with time An increased sensitivity to herbal supplements from MJ to Fish Oil I would hallucinate and have muscle spasms from hell Adverse response from prescribed meds SSRI's etc Things That Helped Alcohol but the next day things would be twice as bad unless I drank again when I drank 3 days in a row things would get so bad that the alcohol didn't provide relief and I would be in for a week of hell to get back to base line. Clonazepam like the alcohol but without the worsening of symptoms it was a lifesaver but while I was taking it I started noticing new symptoms which I thought were completely unrelated to HPPD. Such as recurring Eye infections for which I was prescribed antibiotics which made my HPPD insane I switched to Fucithalmic acid which did'nt seem to aggravate so much butit didnt help. Keppra) I was so sure this was the one my vision and DP/DR cleared up significantly but It was not consistent and I stopped taking it when I started developing physical symptoms... joint pains, numbness I was even hospitalised when I woke up one morning and couldn't move my right hand, I was in constant pain when ever I was awake which wasn't that often. I could barely walk most days and I became more and more withdrawn and suicidal this was why I disappeared from the old forum in the midst of my keppra trial I completely lost the plot. I discontinued Keppra and saw no improvement and then came off clonazepam and switched to diazpepam which reduced my symptoms slightly so I concluded it must be the benzos and came of completely... my symptoms did not improve and i had withdrawals thrown into the mix.. eugh Ok im gonna try an be more concise but this is all relevant ... Thrown between many different doctors/consultants the only possibilty was Sjrogrens Syndrome for which I was treated but that made things twice as bad i shit you not.. no else could find anything wrong that could explain my symptoms... bang whallop I no longer have HPPD my Psych changes his diagnosis in a letter that my reg doc showed me out of the blue saying that is is likely I am Hypochondriac and a diagnosis of schizophrenia is more fitting even though my regular doctor had confirmed I had numb patches on my body and I looked like I was the living dead. This was a brick wall no more help from the medical community unless I was willing to take meds and I couldn't pretend to take them they were going to inject apparently once a week... fuck that imagine being stuck on an SSRI for a week even if you wanted to discontinue. Realised I had to save myself or I was going to end up in a hospital with antipsychotics forced down my throat. I ruled out everything I could and I was left with i'm either crazy or I have Candida (yeah I know i thought it was BS to). There is a wealth of info about Candida online alot of it is bullshit from both sides of the coin. Candida Treatment I initially tried Threelac... immense worsening of HPPD and physical symptoms and slept for days I didn't touch it again but a reaction is a reaction. And later I read that as candida dies it releases even more toxins so if you have a severe infection you have to go gradually otherwise you will be in for a world of hurt. I cut out sugar and most simple carbs/starchy foods including alcohol as its a sugar I often wondered why alcohol made things much worse when benzos did not I believe in my case this is the answer. I did this for a month and to my amazement my physical symptoms started clearing up as well as my fatigue. Herbal fungicides After a month of the diet I added grapefruit seed extract... worsening of ALL symptoms HPPD.... everything so I lowered the dose and stuck with it, I started to get hot sensations around my body especially in the left side of my head where my head pressure was but this cleared up as did my head pressure I started to get breaks in my DP/DR this is when everything fell into place and I realised the connection maybe candida toxins were causing my HPPD. I continued on with new supplements with every new improvement came an even greater low the kind where you lose all hope but I just stuck with it and overtime im seeing INCREDIBLE differences this is my fourth month of fighting candida and my head pressure has barely made an appearance my vision has periods where it is clearer than it ever was on Keppra or Clonazepam it is in these periods that my depression and anxiety completely goes its like waking from a BAD nightmare I made a video the first time it happened cos I wanted a memory of how amazing it was I may post it at some point. I actually believe im going to make a full recovery now its just a matter of time. My explanation I had candida which was causing my VS growing up, Cannabis made it worse, Antibiotics made it much worse. LSD made it insane... i don't no why I have read it puts immense pressure on the liver and that candida can go out of control in periods of stress I can't say for sure. My advice to you is give this a try... If you have HPPD... DP/DR Especially if you are sensitive to supplements which may have detoxing or fungicidal properties or If you believe you got HPPD from marijuana (i have read a study where candida is present in greater number in cannabis smokers) infact many natural practitioners recommend pot smokers take probiotic supplements. I know this sounds way to good to be true and if I was reading this a couple of years ago I probably wouldn't make it to the end I don't want to spread false hope, Im not selling anything I just want to help and anyway what have you got to lose by trying? there are loads of crap products out there and what works for me may not work for you but if people want more info or help (I feel like an expert on candida now) just ask. bracing for barrage of insults Peace PS here is candida it looks strangely like a floater... http://www.doctorfun...img/candida.jpg probably a coincidence but interesting none the less. Opps just want to make it clear im not saying you have Candida im saying you might and even if its just a chance... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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