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Is this really a yeast infection?

Katieeee
Katieeee
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Hello! I wondered if anyone with personal experience of thrush could help me!

I have had swabs taken which were negative for bacteria and STIs but positive for thrush. I strongly think my thrush came from antibiotics (a 3 week course for suspected PID - metro-something and oflox-something).

I finished my antibiotics four days ago but my thrush is still there. I have had two oral doses of flu-something, and an internal pessary, although all taken whilst still on antibiotics. I have itching, irritation down below which all seem classic symptoms BUT my discharge is clumpy, sticky, with a definitely yellow colour.

Every time I read about thrush, the discharge is always white?!

Can anyone help? Has anyone had a more yellow colour?

Just to add.. I have had back/pelvic pain for months, which triggered this whole journey of investigation. The GP and I initially thought PID but swabs were negative for bacteria and ultrasound was clear of fluid etc. Blood tests also free from inflammation signs. I suffered a pregnancy loss back in August.

As well as the discharge, I still have the back and pelvic pain, and often have groin and leg pain.

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introuble

Hi,

Sorry for your pregnancy lost...

Do you have lower abdominal pain or just pin and needle on your abdomen?

Did your pain started after your pregnancy lost?

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Katieeee
Katieeee
in reply to introuble

Yes, all of this started after the loss. I was absolutely symptom free before.

Lower abdomen pain - like period type pain. But also aching hips. Scans are free of any retained tissue.

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introuble
introuble
in reply to Katieeee

Oh my!!

You situation Just like mine!!

Did you had d&c or natural lost?(sorry suddenly forgot the term)

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Katieeee
Katieeee
in reply to introuble

I’ve been reading your posts and we really are! It was medically managed in the end, and I had bleeding and retained tissue for months! Now all of this pain but tests always negative!

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introuble
introuble
in reply to Katieeee

Your period normal after the loss?

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Katieeee
Katieeee
in reply to introuble

Hard to say as haven’t yet had one that involved no tissue! My period in December cleared the last bit of tissue and then I went on the pill!

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introuble
introuble
in reply to Katieeee

Ah i see..

I had lighter period & short length after the loss..

The pain really effects my life, my Dr suspecting endo not PID and suggests for a laparoscopy but I’m not ready for it..

*sorry late reply, we are in different time zone :)

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Katieeee
Katieeee
in reply to introuble

Mine seems to be going through a massive trial and error process. I don’t think mine is PID now due to not responding to antibiotics, the swabs never showing bacteria, and my private scan showing no inflammation or free fluid. I’m at a loss for me. I swing between something supper scary and life threatening, to something not!!

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introuble
introuble
in reply to Katieeee

i know how you feels.. we are in almost same situations.

Right now I think it’s maybe adhesions or something, i try to massage with castor oil and hot patches.. the pain feels like something heavy on my stomach, the pain most when i laying down and sitting. Feeling anxiety

I have yeast too, always had it.

Keep looking for answers and I know it’s tiring and i spent much money For treatment privately ... no shopping for me :(

You will be ok

Please update your scan tomorrow

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farahziya

Hey, could you pop over and yourself to the endometriosis uk group on here? and post the same question? we may be able to help with what to do about the pelvic pain?

Have you had any tests done for suspected PCOS, endometriosis, adenomyosis, ovarian cysts, chocolate cysts, fibroids? You could look up symptoms for those and see if you match any of those; one of the symptoms of a few of them is recurrent thrush.

Regarding thrush treatment; don't over clean, if you do want to clean there then purchase an appropriate feminine wash, I used Canesfresh Feminine Wash, there's a mousse too. It's specifically designed to match the pH of what that area should be. Also really weir put a small teaspoon of natural (no sugars, preservatives, colours, flavours) bio live yoghurt up there before bed, it'll promote the natural yeast to grow back.

Have a look at your diet; inflammatory foods can encourage thrush to grow, such as gluten / wheat, reducing these should improve the symptoms. Gluten if you're sensitive to it can make the body react to it in a way that changes some hormonal / chemical paths which change the balance and so can present as thrush amongst other things (not everyone gets all the symptoms). it can take up to 6 weeks to notice changes. Drink lots of water and have / drink things lower in sugar as this changes the pH and will allow thrush to grow.

By the way taking antibiotics for thrush won't do anything, antibiotics only work on bacterial infections such as bacterial vaginosis. Thrush is a fungal infection and needs to be treated with a antifungal. Canesten does a diagnosis test and tablets / pessaries etc for both conditions without requiring a prescription.

The discharge could just be yellow because it's old, not flowing properly or dehydrated, it can also change according to the time of the month if you have normal cycles, so white as abnormal could be just generally.

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Katieeee
Katieeee
in reply to farahziya

Thank you! I definitely will!

The Antibiotics were taken for suspected PID, but I think they have caused thrush!

My symptoms don’t seem to be PID because antibiotics don’t work for me and swabs never show bacteria!

I do wonder about PCOS. Could this just come on though? Aged 32?

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farahziya
farahziya
in reply to Katieeee

Ahhh noo :(

That can happen as the antibiotics clear out all the bacteria inside and out also the ones in your gut if you're taking them as tablets. Get on the prebiotics! as chewable tablets or, natural yogurt or just capsules. It'll help restore your normal bacteria.

Any of the ones mentioned could come on at any age, they all just work on hormones so sometimes they just develop, or have been there all our lives but symptoms weren't noticeable until recently, other conditions were masking it, we just coped thinking it's normal. I've been tested for PCOS and I'm 34! I have endometriosis :( So I know all about "just managing".

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Katieeee
Katieeee
in reply to farahziya

I really think my pregnancy loss, and the months of hormones all over the place, has really triggered something. I have a pelvic/transvaginal ultrasound tomorrow but I paid private for one a few weeks ago and nothing showed up. I also have a smear and colposcopy booked at the hospital for 5th March, just to check that too. Although no abnormal bleeding or anything. Just pains in pelvis and back and now this discharge! I was put on the pill at the beginning of January as they thought I had a hormonal imbalance but to be honest, I think its made things worse!

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farahziya
farahziya
in reply to Katieeee

ah poor you :(

Some things don't always show up on ultrasounds. Plus abnormal bleeding isn't always a sign of something wrong. You're right to worry; I personally think the pain, thrush and discharge could be related plus your loss could have caused a lot of stress in your body sending hormones levels everywhere, which could cause other things.

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rocheen
rocheen
in reply to farahziya

Hi how long does it take to go. I have taken the tablet but it didnt work. Used the Canesten pessary two days ago but still have it. Mine isn’t thick but watery feels like I have wet myself a bit

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farahziya
farahziya
in reply to rocheen

If the over the counter stuff hasnt worked you may need to go to the docs. After two to three days it usually works. Are you sure it's thrush? Bacterial vaginosis causes the same symptoms. You can get a canestan one off test for thrush / bv so you can get the right treatment.

Just be sure to drink lots of water an don't overclean the area.

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rocheen
rocheen
in reply to farahziya

Thanks will give it a couple more days and see if it works

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rocheen
rocheen
in reply to farahziya

Been to the docs. It’s a bacterial infection. He was going to give me 10 days of antibiotics but it’s gone on it’s own now. Been clear for a week. He said to go back to him for the antibiotics if it came back

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