Candida and Neck Pain – Is There a Connection?

neck pain and candida

Neck pain is just one of many possible candidiasis symptoms.

Candida and neck pain may seem entirely disparate medical conditions but there are a number of holistic practitioners who are all too familiar with the connection between the two. Candida is a type of yeast we all carry in our digestive tracts but a weakened immune system, a round of antibiotics, dietary and lifestyle factors, and even some medications taken for neck pain itself, can all cause an overgrowth in this yeast, leading to systemic infection.

When candidiasis takes hold it can cause a whole host of symptoms, bamboozle many physicians and be hard to budge. Neck pain and candida are connected, here’s why.

Candida, Ethanol and Toxic Build-Up

At a metabolic level, when candida multiplies it means that more acetaldehyde is produced as this is a waste product of yeast cell activity. Acetaldehyde is converted into ethanol and the body has to remove this from the system, meaning that many vitamins and minerals required for other bodily processes are used, instead, to prevent a build-up of toxins. Two key minerals used in this process are magnesium and potassium, both of which are essential for proper muscle function and nervous system function. Many of the symptoms of candidiasis are connected to the relatively high blood level of ethanol and the depletion of minerals.

Neck Pain, Stress, and Candida

Magnesium insufficiency can be a cause of neck pain and other musculoskeletal problems as the muscles are unable to properly relax after contracting. A painful and stiff neck may also be a result of the stress of fighting a candida infection, and so a vicious cycle begins of low magnesium, muscle pain, stress and a lack of energy to combat the condition. Muscles are less able to effectively remove metabolic waste products when candidiasis is present, meaning rapid onset of fatigue, poor recovery and healing time, aching, muscle tenderness, cramping and stiffness.

Candida and Chronic Neck Pain

Over time, chronic candidiasis could even be said to contribute to degeneration of the musculoskeletal system and chronic neck pain. There are some physicians who also believe that candida’s effects extend to the circulatory system, changing the shape of red blood cells and impacting the health of capillaries and small blood vessels. This would, if true, be a further cause of muscle dysfunction and neck pain in patients with candida overgrowth as blood supply to the muscles may be adversely affected.

Candida and Neck Pain Symptoms

To add to the difficulties, many patients with candida overgrowth experience dizziness, disorientation, and mental confusion, along with headaches, depression and mood disturbances. Some of these symptoms are found in patients with neck pain, either as a causative factor, a side-effect of medication, or a result of the pain condition and pinched nerves in the neck. They can also be entirely unrelated but it is difficult for a physician to untangle such a complicated set of symptoms, especially as many patients are unable to remember quite when they started feeling unwell.

Recognizing Candida and Neck Pain

Without recognizing candidiasis, patients are at risk of being prescribed neck pain medications that further impair the liver’s ability to remove toxic metabolic byproducts, as well as having symptoms of neck pain dismissed as a result of general malaise and depressive disorder. The toxic environment in the body that is produced by candidiasis is also likely to increase inflammation, making any existing arthritis and joint dysfunction feel worse. Treating candidiasis can lead to considerable relief from neck pain and other muscle and joint aches and pains, even when patients and their physicians did not initially connect the symptoms. Neck pain and candidiasis may not, then, be an instantly recognized association but treating the latter may be better than any pain relief medications.

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