Kay is in her 50s. She suffered for almost 10 years, through eight doctors, laparoscopic examinations, dilation of the urethra, and more. Her diagnosis: interstitial cystitis, a painful chronic inflammation of the bladder that causes victims to urinate urgently as many as 60 times a day. It had made her life miserable. Now Kay is a success story – one of many published in the book, Yeast Connection Success Stories. We would love to share yours. Write us at success story@yeastconnection.com


Here’s Kay’s story:

With the help and encouragement of my husband, I visited various doctors for weeks of tests and finally a surgery to confirm I had a disease. Its name was interstitial cystitis. I was also told there was no cure.

I followed a special diet recommended by the diagnosing physician, kept a food diary for two years to test foods that increased my pain, and received a variety of treatments with bicarbonate and steroids. Gradually, over a year or so I improved enough I was able to go water skiing, snow sledding and be involved in life on a daily basis.

Then, in spite of all my treatments and diet, my troubles returned, and worsened. I was bright red in the vulva, had constant discharge and pelvic pain. Numerous trips to the gynecologist proved useless and repeatedly came back with reports “no yeast infection”.

However, I finally found a doctor who had seen similar cases of interstitial cystitis and he related it to yeast problems. He suspected I was suffering from systemic candida yeast overgrowth, so he prescribed Diflucan every other day. I began improving dramatically, but still was troubled by vaginal itching, headache, and fatigue especially 3-4 days before my period. I then added probiotics, and other nutritional supplements to the Diflucan regime, ate yeast- and sugar-free, exercised, and used stress management techniques.

This lifestyle really works. There’s none of the burning, the urgency, the inability to hardly be able to start the urine flow. If I do have symptoms they are rare and usually before my period. When they occur, which has only happened twice in the past 4 years, I take Diflucan for a period of 20-30 days and follow my diet more carefully. Please let other women know it is possible to get relief.


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