I had major problems with candida once I got off Klon. It wasn't clear exactly what was happening at the time, but I knew I'd had candida problems before. Testing is often by stool sample (woohoo) but I wouldn't bother. It's easy enough to know if it's a problem by giving yourself the treatment. If you feel better in a few days, then you know.
And the treatment is to stop feeding the yeast with sugar (sorry, it will take more than a couple weeks of no sugar -- more like 3-6 months, but don't worry, cheating sometimes still works), kill the yeast with yeast-killing supplements, and take probiotics to repopulate good bacteria in the gut.
I knew I was having another problem during Klon w/d's when my blood sugar started dropping, even soon after I'd eating a meal. Also, any kind of yeast infection anywhere on the body is a good clue. And you probably know the other candida symptoms by now -- they're very similar to s/x of lots of other maladies (like chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, etc.) -- e.g. GI upset, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, headaches, fatigue, body aching, joint pain, brain fog, anxiety, insomnia, inability to focus -- and on and on. It's a very long list of possible symptoms.
Hmmm, sound familiar to benzo w/d symptoms? Well, they are.
IMO, the "benzo belly" that some of us get during and after w/d's is because 1) benzo's mess up carbohydrate metabolism in some fashion (from the brain), in some people, and 2) the w/d process stimlulates the candida problem, which was ALREADY THERE to begin with, or was ripe to get worse. I remember the early w/d days of feeling nauseous and sick most of the day, then feeling ravenous at night -- unable to stop eating whatever was in front of my face, sugar or not. That was so unlike me.
Candida overgrowth is so extremely common in a huge percentage of everyone (as are parasites, and candida are parasites) but many people are lucky enough to not have any symptoms of it. UNTIL something gets them growing....antibiotics, going wild with sugar, benzo w/d's, etc.
It took me months and months to get rid of the candida (and benzo belly) this time, unlike other times (prebenzos).
Sid, you will feel so much better from not eating sugar, it will be well worth it. And the emotional pain and discomfort of not being able to eat sugary things
is only short-lived -- just a few days or a week of discipline. After that, you lose your taste for it, and even milk tastes really sweet (well, probably because it is).
ps. can anyone remember the name of the BB member who wrote a lot about candida in his blog recently? Like a few months ago? Maybe Sid could go back and read that....