P M Stockdale's account of living with candida and thyroid disease
My story is about Candida ME and Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis.
I was still suffering thrush symptoms this year so I took the 'anti candi' again and it made me so tired that I couldn’t function. I now take a Garlic daily with good effect.
The organiser, a friend, suggested I try Tyrosine I looked this up in my books and found various references to it. I rang “Nutri” who sent me info on Thyroid Glandular’s, Plant sterols and Tyroid complex (which includes iodine and tyrosine). All of which seem to be beneficial for people with Hashimoto’s disease and or an auto immune condition which it is. The Nutri Centre also recommended a few things like “glandulars” and Ashwaganda but their response to my query was a lot slower than Nutri’s.
Christine knew I had candida, I was struggling with ME as a result of treating the candida at the time, and she suggested various things, but when I told her about my diagnosis of Hashimoto’s disease she said she didn’t know enough about the thyroid to help. I was a member for a number of years and found the regular newsletter very helpful and the helpdesk reassuring not to mention the supplement discounts.
I then discovered Thyroid UK who have an excellent website. I can now put Candida and ME behind me as long as I stick to my diet, but the future of Goitre and Hashimoto’s autoimmune thyroiditis remains a bit of a mystery. I feel I must go with my GP’s advice, because I became a bit independent with my old GP. Which at the time may not have been the brightest thing to be.
I have been discharged by the psychiatric team now, so next question is do I try to reduce my dose again, but this time just monitoring it myself. It might just make a difference to my overall lifestyle. I have not really been properly well since before my goitre was diagnosed in 2001. Though this year I feel I am making real progress I may well leave things well alone for the time being.
I now take various supplements including a very good multi-vitamin and mineral which has selenium and iodine in it. Both are essential for both a healthy immune system and a healthy thyroid gland. This is documented in various places. I had my first episode of ME back in 2001 when they were investigating what was wrong with my thyroid and took me off selenium at the time! I was deficient in iodine the year they discovered I has raised thyroid antibodies and thus Hashimoto’s disease. I took Lugol’s iodine to correct the deficiency but still ended up in hospital with raised antibodies, in August, they had been like that since I had my bloods taken in the early spring. The hospital did nothing in particular to bring them down, I think they came right on their own, this year I’m insisting on the antibodies being checked again not just T3, T4 and TSH.
Further reading and information
Your Thyroid and how to keep it healthy Dr Barry Durrant-Peatfield. Second edition of The Great Thyroid Scandal and How to Survive it obtained from www.thyroiduk.org
How to Cope Successfully with Candida the Drug Free Way Jo Dunbar £6.99 ISBN 1-903784-11-5
Break Free from Chronic Fatigue for Good. Erica White’s Beat Fatigue Handbook, foreword by Patrick Holford. £9.99
National Candida Society 01689 813 039
First Published in 2008