My life came to a screeching halt this past week. This is why I’ve been MIA. I’m just now — as of yesterday — going back out in public, showering everyday, and getting off the couch to let the dog in and out.
I had the yeast infection from hell.
Picture your worst yeast infection. Now multiply that by 5. I couldn’t move, couldn’t sit straight, couldn’t walk around the house. J had do tons of little things for me, in addition to cooking dinner every night and cleaning up. Bless his heart, he was so patient and took such good care of me. And didn’t complain once.
I’m not 100% better yet, but I’m getting there. I’d say the pain/discomfort started out at a 3 last Sunday, went up to 7 on Monday (the day I pleaded with you all for prayers), and went up and stayed at a 9.5 the rest of the work week. I went to the doctor on Friday morning, got some medication, and by that afternoon it was back to about a 7. Today I finally felt a semblance of normal again. Not quite there, but about 85% better.
It was so bad I had to sit on ice packs every half hour. I couldn’t shower because the hot water made it feel like an inferno. The water literally stung my skin. I tried everything — raw garlic, raw honey, coconut oil, tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar, probiotics. You name it I tried it. I don’t bother with yogurt because it doesn’t help me. I don’t bother with Monistat or even the prescription Diflucan because they don’t help me anymore. That’s why I didn’t go to the doctor until Friday.
I’ve had yeast infections about once or twice a year since I was a teenager. Monistat and other over the counter medications used to work. When the yeast started building a resistance to it, I upgraded to Diflucan and got that prescription. Then the yeast started building a resistance to that. At that point, I didn’t know what to do but turn to Google. I read all sorts of things about garlic, honey, and all those natural anti-fungals and anti-microbials that help fight off illnesses, specifically yeast infections. To my surprise (and relief!), I found a regimen that worked. (If you suffer from this and you’re at your wits end with over the counter stuff and Diflucan — ask me, I’ll tell you all about stuff that could potentially help you.)
The regimen I found included apple cider vinegar, raw honey, raw garlic, and supplements of garlic, good quality probiotics, and vitamin C. It worked — I’ll never forget that weekend that I tried this and woke up with relief. Unbelievable.
Fast forward 5 or so years later (this is about how long one regimen works before the yeast build a resistance to it) — garlic no longer works its magic. I’m sure it works to a point, but it doesn’t heal me wonderfully like it used to. I had to turn to something else.
So that’s why I went all week without going to the doctor. I knew they couldn’t do anything for me. I was going to try other things myself that I hadn’t tried before. I didn’t expect the doc to truly listen to me (as you’ve seen from my earlier posts, I have had bad experiences with docs — this isn’t the same doc, but still). I figured they’d try to throw Diflucan at the problem by saying “just try it” even after I told them it wouldn’t work. You know how doctors can be. Many of them don’t truly listen to you.
By Friday I was desperate, so I just went. I thought at the very least, they can get me on their radar and I can make them listen when I tell them Diflucan won’t work. I can ask for something else to try, and who knows they may have an idea. I’ve gotten so used to being my own advocate with TTC when it comes to doctors that I default to not trusting them on most other things, too. It’s eye-opening how much miscarriage/TTC changes you — you’re not expecting that and then one day you realize you are seeing things differently. Sorry, that was completely off-topic…
To my surprise, there is something else out there for yeast infections — something prescription strength that seems to work for people when Diflucan doesn’t. (Doctors are discovering that Diflucan is building a resistance to yeast for a lot of people, so it doesn’t always work. But if you’ve never tried it and you need it, definitely go for it — it worked for me for a few years.) Anyway, I’m now on Terazol (generic is Terconazole). It’s a 7-day regimen, and I’m on day 3. Clearly, it’s helping. I’m just hoping it gets it all. Sometimes those yeast beasts stick around after you thought you killed them all. Or at least, in severe cases they do — and my case was pretty severe. But the doc said we can try boric acid if this doesn’t work.
I didn’t like the fact that I had to resort to taking medication. I’m not usually one to care that much about putting drugs in your body, but with yeast, it can build a resistance so fast. I’ve been so used to going the natural route. But I was desperate, so it is what it is. I’m feeling better now and that’s all I care about!
Sorry to walk you through all of this, it ain’t pretty. But if you are still reading then clearly you’ve had this problem, or know someone who has, and you know how awful it can be. I hope this helped someone — if I can help one person not to suffer by sharing what works/doesn’t work for me with a bad yeast infection, then that will be one less person who has to feel like this. It is truly the worst. And I’ve had bad bladder inflammation, miscarriage pain, and two thrombosed (painful, clotted) hemorrhoids this year, so that’s saying something.
I’m so glad this week is over.