A lot of my patients come to me complaining of a myriad of different symptoms. While most women are familiar with the tell-tale signs of a vaginal yeast infection – itching, discharge, burning – many people don’t associate other symptoms with yeast infections. This is particularly true when it comes to abdominal pain.
Vaginal Yeast Infections and Abdominal Pain
The most common symptoms of vaginal yeast infections are the aforementioned itching and discharge. There are some other symptoms and they’re less common. These include soreness and pain during sexual intercourse, a rash around the vaginal area, burning during urination, and abdominal pain. The abdominal pain tends to be focused around the lower abdominal quadrants. If you should have the signs of a vaginal yeast infection accompanied by this type of pain, you may want to seek medical attention. While you may definitely have a yeast infection, abdominal pain is also a sign of bacterial vaginitis and other forms of vaginal irritation and can often be misdiagnosed as a yeast infection (and vice versa).
Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Abdominal Pain
Irritable bowel syndrome is often one of the signs of a systemic yeast infection. IBS is almost guaranteed to cause you some sort of abdominal pain, whether intermittent or constant. A lot of my patients complain of cramping and severe pain as well as discomfort associated with bloating, gas, and constipation, and diarrhea. You can often find relief by following the Candida diet and using probiotics to restore intestinal health. You’ll also want to learn to relax and avoid stress, as stress will contribute to intestinal spasms and discomfort with IBS.
Leaky Gut Syndrome and Abdominal Pain
Leaky gut syndrome develops when conditions like a yeast infection create damage in the lining of your small intestines. When this happens, toxins from your digestive track are able to slowly leak into other parts of your body. A lot of mainstream doctors don’t believe in the existence of leaky gut syndrome, so you might not get a diagnosis until you see an alternative practitioner. Regardless, the symptoms are vast and varied, ranging from joint pain to total immune dysfunction – but abdominal pain tops the list. If your leaky gut syndrome is caused by Candida, you’ll again want to get on a good diet, antifungal, and probiotic regime.
Other Causes of Abdominal Pain
You don’t need to have a formal diagnosis to have abdominal pain related to Candida. A lot of the symptoms of Candida yeast infections can stand alone and cause discomfort. Consider things like constipation, diarrhea, symptoms that look like food allergies or intolerances, urinary tract infections, heartburn, and any of a number of stomach complaints.
Make sure you talk to your doctor or naturopath if you have unexplained abdominal pain. It may be something simple or it may be caused by something more complicated, like a yeast infection. The sooner you get a diagnosis, the sooner you can start the right type of treatment.