Re: Extreme fatigue for years - still no diagnosis
I've been waiting to update this post because I'm working on another theory with my Naturopath, but since you're looking for an update:
The Candida diet didn't end up resolving my issues. It did work wonders for my digestive health, though, so I wouldn't say it was a waste of time.
I was diagnosed with hyperinsulinemia by my Naturopath. He also found out that my liver enzymes were all way off base and that a deeper problem existed.
He believes I might have Lyme disease, so I've been put on long-term antibiotics. I've had some severe reactions to the antibiotics, which is a good sign that I actually do have the disease. I'm going to take a test with a lab in California called IgeniX soon (they're apparently the most reputable Lyme testing lab in the US) to make sure it is Lyme.
Since my doctor took me off of the Candida diet and put me onto a diabetic diet I've noticed that I rarely get itchy eyes anymore. My theory is that the abundance of insulin in my blood was causing the itchy eyes, and now that I'm on a diet very low in sugars and starches (I was allowed rice on the Candida diet, which is primarily starch), I have less insulin in my blood to cause the itchiness.
You may want to ask your doctor about getting a standard glucose tolerance test. It's how they test for type-2 diabetes. Basically you fast overnight, then they give you a huge dose of liquid sugar, and they test your insulin levels and blood sugar levels for the next few hours. Perhaps if you are pre-diabetic or have some type of metabolic syndrome it is causing the itchiness? Sorry but I'm not a doctor either - and it's been one educated guess after another since I started my journey.
I don't think the smoking would have anything to do with it. Starting smoking again would probably cause many other detrimental effects - even if your eyes stopped itching - lol.