As I find myself weeks from turning 17, I can't help but be depressed at the state of my life. I grew up a normal boy who ate pretty poorly (fast food, candy, a LOT of diet coke).
Around the age of 12 I started getting into drugs and stopped soon after turning 15. I am 22 months sober. When I became sober I cut out all candy, fast food, etc. I committed to eating only clean organic foods and living a healthy lifestyle. (I also cut out red meat.)
After becoming sober I felt very ill and I started getting panic attacks. Luckily they went away and I started lifting weights religiously 5 days a week or more. I lifted everyday from around nov. 2011 to June 2012. My Grandmother died in April of 2012 and my anxiety came back.
Long story short I have had anxiety for over a year and it has completely taken over my life. I feel sick all the time. (I am gluten free, dairy free, and I eat very clean.) I have had MRI's, Multiple check ups and blood panels, all with no significant findings. My blood sugar is fine too. I think it is adrenal fatigue. I have an appointment with my naturopathic doctor next week.
I have basically been bed ridden the past week from feeling so ill. I have had a wide range of symptoms including palpitations, postural hypotension, fatigue, general malaise, nausea, GI problems, shaking, dizziness/vertigo, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, eye pain, etc... I just had stool samples done so maybe the results will indicate I have dysbiosis in my gut.
I am going to do some sort of saliva test to track my cortisol and other hormones and hopefully that will help me. From what I understand, under stress, the Hypothalamus sends CRH to the pituitary, which sends ACTH to the adrenals and they get too work.
Sorry for the long rant but its 4:30 AM and I stay up all night and sleep all day, I dropped out of school temporarily, and I feel terrible.
Every time I eat I get super bloated or a really sick "depressed" feeling. Like the food is killing me. I feel as if I am on an IV drip of a mild poison that is slowly killing me and making me sicker and sicker. Just doing mundane tasks makes me pretty damn tired and it sucks! And please refrain from the "You are depressed" lecture. I have a ton of ambition and I know what I want to do with my life and how I want to do it. I also have many hobbies, I just can't do them because I have zero energy. I don't hangout with friends anymore, I don't drive anywhere, I literally spend the entire day in my house and a majority of it is in my bed. At times I cant even sit at my desk, I have to lay down from exhaustion.
I will say once more, Clean blood tests, Doctors say I am ok, etc. Western Medicine doesn't really have a proper understanding or acceptance of adrenal fatigue only extremes such as Addison's which is deadly. I was in the Emergency Room a few weeks ago with bad bad pain and stomach pain and the pain is still there just not as bad. I just had an ultrasound done and My doctor will go over it next week, but the doctor at the ultrasound clinic reviews it before its sent out to the physician who requested it, meaning if I had anything urgent they would have said go to the hospital. I will admit that I am a hypochondriac but these events are not something I am faking or imagining.
Even a few weeks ago I would at least hangout with my friends a few times a week and go to summer school 4 days a week and do SOMETHING. I am at my last inch or rope here. I am wondering if anyone has any advice, experience with Adrenals/CFS, or really anything to say at all. Please spare your sympathy, I may be young but I have enough intelligence to accept that humans are not perfect and we get health problems and chronic illness. What really gets too me is that I am 16, I am 22 months sober, and I eat the healthiest I have ever eaten, yet I feel like this. (I still have a 6 pack and I look healthy yet I feel so old and ill.)
I have been a plant based diet proponent for about 2 years, and even thought the whole raw vegan thing was Godly, even though I wasn't one myself. I know see that humans are omnivores and that a clean Paleo diet is probably the most beneficial diet in the world for our health, wellbeing, and genetic make up.
Any advice on my situation or the Paleo diet in general is greatly appreciated. Again sorry for the long rant and making you guys read about my problems.
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on August 04, 2013
at 03:33 AM
Hey Max, you have some serious and long standing issues so please continue to see the doctor and try the treatments he or she recommends. You stated what you don't eat but not what you do eat.
If you were my son (I actually do have a teen son), I'd say to eliminate all grains for a month, eat plenty of red meat and veggies, and go outside in the sun for 30 mins everyday. Even after I was diagnosed with a severe gluten allergy, rice and beans made me bloated and miserable. So eliminate all grains and foods that your body has difficulty digesting for now. Red meat and veggies, such as leafy greens, are nutrient packed. Natural vitamin D, which your body can make from direct sunlight, is an important hormone that aids in the absorption of other vitamins and alleviates depression.
Also keep a food diary so you can figure out what's making you sick. Try to go outside and take a short walk everyday. I think you will feel better in a couple of weeks. You've been sick for awhile, it appears, so your body will require a few months to repair itself, if you provide it with the nutrients it needs. The thing you have on your side is that you are young so your body will repair itself under the right conditions relatively quickly. I think you will be amazed how much better you will feel just doing a few things differently. Good luck!
on August 03, 2013
at 11:06 PM
Dude please put this into paragraphs so I can read.
on August 04, 2013
at 02:17 PM
Dude, I advise you to start a martial art. This will boost confidence, build character and make you feel better.
Don't fuss about your diet, just try and eat clean and eat a lot.
Start brazillian jiujitsu, or some muay thai, maybe boxing depending what you have locally.
I hope you feel better soon mate
PS. The only think i could think about your symptoms is that I know fighters who have cut gluten out of their diet and feel so much better. You could try doing that.
on August 04, 2013
at 01:52 PM
While an increase in D-vitamins (eggs) and omega-3 (fish) helps on thinking more clearly (which may even be more unhelpful, if you overthink things), be persistant on beating anxiety with self-confidence.
I wasted many years of my life on social anxiety, and it is very common around your age. Doing paleo can give you the confidence of staying strong to your convictions, and keep a healthy and strong body. At least you don't need to lose confidence on being without energy to do the things you would love to do. Usually there are other psychological factors, so maybe you should talk to a therapist as well.
Don't do diet coke, artificial sweeteners can have a negative impact on your mood (basically it makes my face numb) and the higher dose of acid is terrible on your stomach and teeth. Stay away from any form of grains and dairy in the beginning (do a "Whole30" look it up) to see what upsets you foodwise. If it works out great, stay on it for yourself, and only eat/drink some "junk" when you want to be social :)
on August 04, 2013
at 05:14 AM
Please see a real doctor - you are describing multiple episodes of anxiety/panic attacks, which can lead to many of the other symptoms you have described. You said you have already received multiple tests, make sure to mention your anxiety/panic to your MD/DO and ask if they think it may be the cause of your other symptoms barring other physical abnormalities. Adrenal fatigue is not a medical condition, as it does not exist. Please seek the treatment you deserve.