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Unread 04-15-2003, 09:31 PM
Recurrent Yeast Infections 1 Yr. Post-Hyst - Need your input!

Hello everyone,

Been a long time since I posted... Have been living a pain free and easier life thanks to my Dr... Had my LAVH w/BSO 3/18/02 for severe endo w/secondary fibromyalgia. On 3 mg. estradiol/day. Doing well, no flashes/mood swings/pain to speak of.

The reason I'm posting..... I'm getting a recurrent yeast infection! Several weeks ago I got stressed out from work and got the characteristic discharge and itching. Went out, got a Monistat 1 dose (egg shaped suppository and external cream).. waited a week of external cream treatment........ no better! Called Dr., got prescrip for 3 diflucan. (Last October, I had a nasty infection that took 3 diflucan to get rid of, taken every 3 days). The directions told me to take it daily. I took the three pills as directed, waited a week........ Slight improvement, but I still had the discharge up near the cervix!

Went to see Dr. Didn't get to see my regular obgyn, saw the other dr. there. She did a culture *and* a smear, then came back w. the result - definitely a yeast infection. Said my option was to try the Diflucan again, and if it wasn't working I'd have to come back in for a sugar test for diabetes! (This scared the crap out of me, my mom is a type 1!).... I don't eat sugar, weigh a healthy 133 lbs. and don't use any scented products "down there" or any detergents etc. that would cause the problem.

THIS time I took the med the every 3 days. Last night was the last pill. I checked again and there is STILL the slight discharge up near the cervix! DRAT!

My sweet S.O. and I are miserable...... dr. said NO sex until this thing is GONE. It's been over 4 weeks and we're like newlyweds now my pain from pre-hyst is gone....... this is NO FAIR!

I am totally mistified as to what to do!!!!!!!!!!! Any hints? I am totally fed up with having to take time off work for dr.'s that don't know what else to do besides handing me the same meds that I've already tried (which didn't work!)... I guess I will have to INSIST upon seeing the main dr. I read the section on hystersisters on yeast infections and am going to start taking the acidopihilus in the meantime......


p.s. Considering the culture said it was yeast, it couldn't be anything else could it???
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Unread 04-15-2003, 10:28 PM
Recurrent Yeast Infections 1 Yr. Post-Hyst - Need your input!

Hi Dressy that sounds awfully uncomfortable! JMHO but I think if the culture came back saying it's a yeast infection, then that's what it is. It sounds like you've got some really stubborn yeastie beasties that have set up residence in there and gotten things to their liking! By that I mean that it may be the pH of your vagina or the bacterial flora may be such that it favors the growth of yeasts.

Taking acidophilus is a great idea, that should help get the 'helpful' bacteria back in there, but if the environment doesn't favor their survival, they won't take hold. There are a few other things you could try that may help. Please DON'T do any of these things without asking your DR first, OK? They are just things that have helped either me or other sisters here.

One option is to douche with either vinegar and water or tea tree oil and water, or both in succession (I'd suggest the tea tree first). The tea tree oil is a natural antibacterial... only a few drops though, otherwise it may irritate. Vinegar in water will adjust the pH in your vagina to favor the 'helpful' bacteria rather than the yeasts. I have even used those long wooden Q-tips dipped in vinegar and water to swab out the vagina when I can see the discharge in a mirror.

Another treatment that is sometimes effective is to use a little plain (unflavored, no sugar) yogurt inserted vaginally. You can use one of those Monistat applicators or any other vaginal cream applicator and just fill it with plain yogurt. This is very soothing and cooling, and it has the bacteria in it too.

I hope these suggestions help. I can sympathize... I had 3 yeast infections in a very short time after my hyst, and I had never had a history of yeast infections before. It got to where I couldn't sit still! Good luck, I hope you find relief soon!
Unread 04-17-2003, 03:56 PM
Dear Dressy

I started taking liquid acidophilus after my meals and it seems to help. It is not the greatest tasting stuff but it does help. I bought it at a health food store. You might want to give it a try.

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Unread 04-17-2003, 04:55 PM
Recurrent Yeast Infections 1 Yr. Post-Hyst - Need your input!

I had a yeast infection that would just not go away. I ended up having it over 2 months. I tried Monistats, 3 diflucan and antibiotics I went to urgent care 3 times and then my obgyn gave me this combination steriod cream and something similar to stuff they use to treat athletes foot. It did the trick. It sounded like Lotrizone. Hope this information helped.
Unread 04-17-2003, 10:08 PM
Recurrent Yeast Infections 1 Yr. Post-Hyst - Need your input!

Sorry you are having this problem..... I can't tell you how many yeast infections I have had over the years. Seems like I would just get over one and then I was hit by another. Here's what I finally did that helped me. It was all completely by accident I found this out though....... I went on the Adkins Diet. You've probably heard about this diet being a high protein, low carb diet. Well, it is, and I went on it to loose a few pounds. And, when I had been on the diet for a couple of months, I realized one day that, "Hey" I haven't had a yeast infection in a really long time. I was on the diet for about 1 year very faithfully until I lost all the weight I wanted to. Well, when I went off the diet, guess what happened. Yup, I instantly got a yeast infection.

Since you have this pre-disposition for diabetes, it is possible you are sugar sensitive. Sugar comes in many forms, carbohydrates being one of them. I don't test positive for diabetes, but I do have all the clasic symptoms of a diabetic. I have found that I feel so much better on this diet because of that. Keeping Yeast infection free alone has been a huge incentive to stay on the diet. Ok, that said I have just one question. Has your husband been tested for a yeast infection? Yes, they can get them too. You could just be passing that infection back and forth to each other. Yeast, as you probably already know, lives in dark moist places. It can live on the surface of your skin like jock itch and ringworm (both types of fungus like yeast) It can also live in your mouth. So......... you may want to (and your husband should probably) shower and perhaps gargle before the fun begins if you know what I mean. Just some thoughts.....

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