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Candida Overgrowth and Chronic Fatigue

Posted Aug 20 2010 5:42pm

It is estimated that over 1 million people in the USA and at least 250,000 people in the UK are living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or CFS.

There are many theories and some medical evidence for cause of this condition, but it can also be a very vague diagnosis. If a doctor has performed all the conventional tests and can’t find a cause for the patient’s extreme fatigue and lack of motivation they diagnosis them with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

What most doctors wouldn’t consider is that their patient could be suffering from Candida albicans overgrowth. Chronic Candida can actually have very similar symptoms to CFS.

Chronic Fatigue and Candidiasis Compared

Symptom Chronic Fatigue Chronic Candidiasis
Impaired memory or concentration yes yes
Post-exertion fatigue yes yes
Unrefreshing sleep yes yes
Muscle pain yes yes
Pain in multiple joints yes yes
Headaches yes yes
Sore throat, frequent or recurring yes yes
Tender lymph nodes yes not common
Irritable bowel, abdominal pain, yes yes
Chills and night sweats yes not common
Brain Fog yes yes
Chest pain yes not common
Shortness of breath yes not common
Chronic cough yes yes
Visual disturbances yes not common
Allergies yes yes
Dizziness yes yes
Depression, irritability, mood swings yes yes

Looking at the above symptoms we can see that most of the symptoms can overlap and in some cases can be identical. Since most doctors won’t diagnosis Candida Overgrowth as a legitimate diagnosis they instead diagnosis Chronic Fatigue. The treatment for CFS can be quite different and if someone is really suffering from Systemic Candidiasis then they will stay sick which leads to further depression and hopelessness.


I recommend that anyone that’s been diagnosed with CFS to begin a Candida Diet . The symptoms are so close that it is worth a little money and effort to possibly get your life back. Many have found healing from so labeled CFS by following a Candida Diet because the Chronic Fatigue was misdiagnosed.


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