After treating countless patients with yeast infections over the years, I found it pointless to ask them how they feel a week or two after treatment because I know what most are going to say. Doctor, I’m not feeling much better!
Chronic candida patients generally have been feeling bad for several months or even several years, and most will tell me at their initial follow-up visit “Eric, I don’t feel much better, in fact I feel even worse”.
People don’t generally recover in a linear fashion from bad to good, there are lots of ups and downs along the way. And, every candida patient I have seen has a different expectation of a recovery.
It is really handy to always test and measure the effectiveness of your treatment, just like it is when you plan anything in your life- whether it be an extension you are building on your house or an overseas holiday. Start by writing it down and planning it; the preparation and timing are most important.
If you get things right and plan your course carefully, you will be able to track your rate of progress and make adjustments along the way to keep you right on target.
What is the point in recommending a treatment, and then having no system in place to measure the patient’s response with? What are the mini and major milestones a patient is making along the path to recovery?
If you are going off track it will be easier to get back on track if you have some method to help you guide the way. When you start to treat candida, you need to see what symptoms get better and which ones get worse. This will naturally allow you to understand which direction you are heading and will allow you to fine tune your treatment and get those positive results you are looking for faster.
I have found that some practitioners are just happy to adopt a “let’s just treat the patient and see what happens” approach. This is fine, but you may or may not get the results you are looking for. But by initiating a treatment and then tracking the patient’s responses over the course of several weeks, months or even years, you will really understand what is going on; and so will the patient. Their confidence will grow in their treatment program as they can actually see what is going on. This will increase compliance and keep somebody on track longer, rather than relying on a hit and miss approach. I have found the Candida Symptom Tracker to be an excellent motivational tool, and nothing is more important for patients to understand, experience, and witness for themselves that their symptoms are actually improving.
If you want to measure you progress and fine-tune your prescriptions and optimize your treatment program, then you will want to adopt some sort of system whereby you can measure and track your progress, and also your lack of it. And that is where my Candida Symptom Tracker comes in handy.
List you major symptoms on the left-hand side of the sheet. Now, enter a score in column A, ranging from 0 – 3. This is how the grading works:
- 0 – No problem, you don’t experience any problems here.
- 1 – Mild problem, something you may experience once or twice a week and is reasonably under control.
- 2 – Moderate problem, it annoys you but is tolerable and you experience it several times a week or maybe even daily.
- 3 – Major problem. This is really annoying you and you want it gone fast. Chances are the reason you bought the Candida Crusher book was to learn how to get rid of one or several grade 3 symptoms. This could be vaginal thrush, debilitating fatigue or it could be an itch or a terrible stomach pain and indigestion.
Just print the Candida Symptom Tracker and use it accordingly. This sheet has the common symptoms down the left column, and down the bottom there is a space for your own particular symptoms. At the top of each column, you enter the date and at the bottom leave a row empty so that you can add the scores up for that particular day to see how you are going. Scores increasing mean no improvement, scores decreasing mean improvement, simple.
Some patients also like to keep a food diary and others like to correlate a particularly high (or low) score with an event like going to a wedding (where they consumed cake, alcohol, etc.) that caused an aggravation. Here you can add special short notes like “menstrual cycle started” or “started to take probiotics” or “got a cold”, “my teen crashed my car”, “argument with husband”, etc.
These are the factors that influence the total scores and can give you a good indication of what influences the way you feel and how you have responded to treatment or lifestyle.
Keep the Candida Symptom Tracker on your refrigerator under a magnet so that it is always handy and learn to fill in the sheet for convenience sake at about the same time each week, fortnight or whenever you complete the test.
I cannot emphasize the importance of tracking your symptoms on the Candida Crusher Program; it is one of the most important aspects of your recovery. By tracking your treatment including any dietary and lifestyle changes you have made, you will be able to accurately judge the impact of your treatment on your individual symptoms by looking at the scoring as time goes by. If you are on track, you should notice that the grade 3 symptoms will eventually become 2, and then finally a grade 1 as the weeks roll by and turn to months.
This will tell you that as the candida yeast numbers decline, major symptoms are improving and will eventually turn to minor symptoms. Your self-confidence and compliance to the program will increase a lot which will help you improve even quicker.
On the other hand, the Candida Symptom Tracker is also a handy tool to let you know if things aren’t working out the way you had hoped for. If your scores are not declining, then this could well be an alarm signal that either your health problems are not candida related, or you are not committing adequately to the program or the treatments and/or products you are using are inadequate. You have invested your time and money into wanting to conquer yeast, and this is one powerful way to track your results.
I would like to mention again, at the risk of repeating myself, that you should not be expecting a miracle cure within a few months of starting the program if your condition is quite severe or of a very long duration. Your scores may even go from 1 or 2 to a 3 with some symptoms as you could aggravate initially with treatment, especially if die-off occurs and maybe with a detoxification you undertake as well.
So remember, in an ideal world your symptoms are bad and getting better. In the real world however, your symptoms may initially go from bad to worse before they improve. I just thought I’d remind you again. There is nothing wrong with repeating myself. I just want you to understand this crucial point because at some stage you may become disappointed or disillusioned if your yeast infection is chronic.
I can remember on more than one occasion telling a candida patient to hang in there and that the light at the end of the tunnel does not necessarily signify the head lamp of an oncoming train, but rather a glimmer of light in the distance that will signify hope of an eventual full recovery! When you do recover, and eventually you should, you will have learned a few skills along the way, and one of them is not to give up that easily on yourself. This will hold you in good measure in the years ahead as you age and face and no doubt will then face plenty more health challenges to come.