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Post-Infectious IBS (IBS-PI) and serotonin. Lethargy and short term memory problems?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 11, 2013 at 3:14 AM

Ok, so ever since I got really sick about 4 months ago, I started have symptoms of IBS, constipation and diarrhea. I had 2 weeks of constipation, followed by bad diarrhea, abdominal distension, bloating, gas, basically everything you equate to IBS- 'C' and 'D'

Not only did I have these, I was now having low iron levels and low white blood and red blood cell counts. This part is still a mystery.

I was having problems breathing, which is probably due to bloating of my small intestines, colon, and stomach when eating. I was having difficulty concentrating, and still do. Before I was very sharp, able to string together several thoughts with no problems and an excellent memory, now I have trouble remembering things withing the 7 seconds. I had Mono-like symptoms, HIV, Lyme, all came back negative...

for more on my mystery sickness, and how its changed. refer to these posts:

This is about 2.33 months after initial infection

This is further along, when the initial shock was done with and I accepted I would not get a "quick fix"

Then I read about seratonin and how it plays a role in all of this, the way Im thinking. It makes sense that I got post infectious IBS according to this article

Before I get too long winded, my question is:

Who else has had post infectious IBS and helped alleviate symptoms of depression and mood swings with serotonin drugs? Im trying to graduate college this semester and it has been extremely difficult staying awake, not being able to concentrate, focus on running mathematical models, etc. I know its not Paleo, but for the next two months to graduate, Im fine with taking some drugs to help.

I ask because I am meeting an endocrinologist this wednesday. I will bring this up to her.

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if you had/have IBS, especially post-infectious, were you extremely lethargic day in and day out? light headed? fatigued easily? If so, what possibly causes this? and how do you get better?

thirdly, as I mentioned before the low white blood cell count and low Iron. Could this be SIBO? Or just a temporary condition due to the gut trying to heal itself? etc.

This whole thing has been hard on my family and a mystery to everyone. I finally feel like I have hope! Hope that I will return to full health. I also hope that this will help provide hope and clarity to others searching for answers. I know that it is very hard and difficult to feel hopeless day in and day out. Not knowing what exactly is causing these strange feelings, not feeling like yourself, and not feeling normal!

Hopefully, we can find things to do that will one day help us return to normal.

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on March 11, 2013
at 05:57 PM

already have for the most part. I also had a GI workup done, they did a biopsy for it and it came back negative. I had two beers last night after 1 month of being gluten free. I had no reaction.

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on March 11, 2013
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Hi there, I found this because I am reading about going onto paleo... I'm not at the moment. But all those symptoms, coinciding with an illness is what I have seen three family members go through and then subsequently be diagnosed as 'Celiac's' - i.e. people who have gluten intolerance. Doctors (at least in the UK) are very hit and miss on whether they know about it and recognise the symptoms. My father in law nearly died from an attack that appeared to be a stroke but wasn't and self-diagnosed and the GP still didn't believe him. However, my husband has recently seen an excellent doctor who immediately suggestion gluten allergy.

Try going wheat/rye/barley (includes beer there) free for 3 weeks. YOu might get worse for the first 5 days... people vary on this.

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on March 11, 2013
at 05:57 PM

already have for the most part. I also had a GI workup done, they did a biopsy for it and it came back negative. I had two beers last night after 1 month of being gluten free. I had no reaction.

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