I can't answer about stool tests because in 8 years of successive, debilitating Candida Glabrata, I've never been able to get a doctor to perform a stool test. Even after 3 weeks of uncontrollable diarrhea and 22 lbs lost after a doctor gave me an IV magnesium supplement with DEXTROSE despite my big RED wristband stating no sugar, dextrose infusions or Antibiotics .
I am an older woman of 50 and have had vaginal infections typed as C Glabrata. Unlike C. Albicans, there is no blood test for this non-hyphaenating Candida which becomes rapidly resistant to Azole based therapy.
So, just because a test is negative doesn't mean you don't have it. I'd love to have a stool test performed but haven't been able to work since 2011. Depleted my retirement trying everything.
"Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.", Carl Sagan
I'm a ph.D level engineer so I took to research and quickly determined that after 7 years of broad spectrum IV, IM and oral abx usage due to 2 bouts with Lyme, I had disseminated Candida, probably the Glabrata strain as it's becoming more prevalent among the "older" population. I consider myself a 35 year old in an 80 year old body.
I'm glad I found this site. Most of the advice given here I have learned through trial and error and over $30k in expenditures.
That being said, I still suffer horribly. I feel the best if I don't eat at all but after a couple days I guess I suffer a die-off. My family has shunned me for being a hypochondriac despite the red dot rashes over my body, my Johns Hopkins doctors wanted me to take Respiridone (sp?) an anti-psychotic, and my life partner just left me as he could no longer deal with the painful process of being on Medicaid and the fact I can't eat or drink (mostly alcohol LOL) what he does.
I'm so happy for all of those who have found relief but I wonder if there is a point of infection where the Candida, especially the rarer one of Glabrata is a slow, agonizing life sentence.