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What's wrong with me? (sorry, I know there are a lot of these)

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 31, 2012 at 7:37 PM

I???m a 25yo female, 190lbs 5'5". I recently went to my Dr with the following symptoms:

-trouble sleeping. Fall asleep perfectly, but wake up several times throughout the night. Often accompanied by need to pee, but not always. Falling back asleep is hit or miss, sometimes it???s instant, sometimes I???m awake for hours. There???s no pattern to when I awake. It changes nearly every night. I???ve nearly given up caffeine except for a morning cup of coffee, but am willing to give that up too.

-IBS symptoms, which I realize I???ve had most of my life, but never felt the need to go to a Dr because it was what I considered ???normal???. Finally decided that I was going to bring it up, since I???m not eating a SAD diet anymore, so I would have expected that to get better. Specifically, I have several days of constipation where I???m really gassy and bloated, followed by an episode of extremely loose stool (sorry tmi). Process repeats. Doesn???t seem affected by how much I decrease or increase food items, ie decrease sugar, increase fibrous veggies, eliminate grains (did this several months ago), eliminate dairy (but not butter) (did this several months ago)

-Really horrible periods. I???m on the pill, and they???re pretty debilitating. I can still function, but I usually always take a sick day right at the beginning to just lay in bed and cry. That times 10 is what they used to be before the pill. I???ve never been diagnosed with endometriosis or PCOS or anything. My ob/gyn says it???s normal for women to have these kinds of periods.

-Difficulty losing weight. Not going into specifics of exactly what I eat (could be post on its own), but all meals are meat and veggies. Rarely eat starchy veggies, but occasionally have a sweet potato. I like to eat a banana as dessert a couple of nights a week. Pretty high fat from pastured animal fats/butter/CO. Supplements are pretty much just Fermented Cod Liver Oil/Butter Oil. Calories are usually in the 1750-1850 range, every day. 3 days a week I work out pretty hard (running+strength training (squats, deadlifts, bench, plus lots of smaller circuit style exercises) ??? 2 of those days with a trainer). I haven???t budged from my weight of 190 in over 6 months of this. Slightly looser in clothes (less than half an inch), but I still fit into all my clothes fine, no need to buy new.

-Lungs worse in general. I have asthma that used to be well controlled on corticosteroids, but not it???s not. I???m OK when working out (unless it???s SUPER hot/humid), but only because I take a puff of my rescue inhaler beforehand. If I didn???t, I???d be in really bad shape. I???m a little off almost all the time (difficulty breathing in usually, sometimes a slight wheeze). Even when I???m experiencing these symptoms my dr says my lungs sound great, and I should reconsider what ???normal??? is and feels like.

My Dr. ran some blood tests. He checked liver, kidney, and thyroid functions, all normal except my creatinine was low, which he says is perfectly fine. However, for thyroid he only checked TSH, so I know to take that with a grain of salt.

My iron profile is fine, and he did a CBC panel, all of which is normal. My cholesterol is OK (he didn???t test, got the free screening at work: 200 total, 100 hdl).

His solution was to give me sleeping pills, and tell me to take an OTC fiber supplement for the IBS.

Any ideas for what???s wrong with me? Or even if there is anything wrong with me, based on what I list? I hate to think my Drs are right, that it's just normal to feel like crap all the time, but then maybe I expect too much.

Thanks in advance!

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on June 02, 2012
at 08:44 AM

I understand retinol may interfere, but without retinol I get acne.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on June 02, 2012
at 08:43 AM

I got it tested now, mine is freaking 40 and I supplement 10k iu. I wonder why it's still kinda on the low side.

870fdea50f2a9f1cd2890c8e22549300

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on June 01, 2012
at 01:41 PM

@Lauren, the nocturia is a classic symptom (although it can indicate other problems as well).

57bef671ea7e05631c9fa56f708bcaa9

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on June 01, 2012
at 01:28 PM

@Olivia - yep. Not sure where my head was when writing that.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on June 01, 2012
at 01:05 PM

Then I don't know what is wrong with you, I am sorry. If you get worse or nothing help, write to me and I will recommend my herbal doctor.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

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on June 01, 2012
at 03:12 AM

Try to find a naturopath or functional medicine doctor, or someone who might be open to unconventional connections, causes, and solutions. You want someone who will look at the whole picture, and try to find the unifying underlying imbalances, and not just treat your symptoms piecemeal.

7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

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on June 01, 2012
at 02:51 AM

um I think you meant polycystic ovarian syndrome, not cystic fibrosis, in that 4th paragraph.

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

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on June 01, 2012
at 12:10 AM

You can use paleotracker or something similar to track your diet and it will give you an O3:O6 ratio. Personally my horrible cramps were definitely exascerbated by too much O6. You may also have to kick the coffee. It's very problematic for the gluten sensitive, even if it's not contaminated.

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

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on June 01, 2012
at 12:06 AM

I have several friends and family members that have apnea and none of them ever remember when they wake up. I'm not saying a sleep study wouldn't be of benefit, but it didn't say apnea to me.

Da681d976130df15aac3984013aaad6d

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on May 31, 2012
at 10:47 PM

Why are people suggesting sleep apnea?

57bef671ea7e05631c9fa56f708bcaa9

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on May 31, 2012
at 10:46 PM

Yep, he is a man!

57bef671ea7e05631c9fa56f708bcaa9

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on May 31, 2012
at 10:46 PM

Thanks, I was wondering if it might be sleep apnea. I was very surprised my Dr didn't suggest it.

57bef671ea7e05631c9fa56f708bcaa9

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on May 31, 2012
at 10:42 PM

Thanks for the links!

57bef671ea7e05631c9fa56f708bcaa9

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on May 31, 2012
at 10:41 PM

Hmm, interesting! I have considered switching BC in general, but all the "long term ones" are so scary. Nuvaring is far less scary (compared to Mirena, etc.) but I'll look into it

57bef671ea7e05631c9fa56f708bcaa9

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on May 31, 2012
at 10:39 PM

Thanks for the link! I don't know there are no fibroids, my ob/gyn hasn't checked... like other people said, I think I need a new one

57bef671ea7e05631c9fa56f708bcaa9

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at 10:38 PM

I am 100% grain-free. I don't eat a lot of starchy veggies, but I do have maybe 2 sweet potatoes a week.

57bef671ea7e05631c9fa56f708bcaa9

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on May 31, 2012
at 10:36 PM

I am 100% gluten free. As far as omega 3s, I eat a can or two of sardines a week, plus FCLO everyday (not sure how that bodes for the ratio, but it's better than nothing?) I avoid most nightshades, but I have a weakness for squash that I need to... squash. Meat, lots of different kind of red meat, plus whole chicken. I don't eat nearly as much organ meat as I should - don't have the taste for it. Something to work on. I put joints in my bone broth, which I use a lot.

57bef671ea7e05631c9fa56f708bcaa9

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on May 31, 2012
at 10:31 PM

Yeah, I think new doctors all around might be the answer. I'm just afraid to turning to another and getting the same results. I'll have to do a lot of research first. As far as the sleep apnea, I thought maybe the Dr might suggest it - but he didn't mention it at all! Veggies- all sorts, including broccoli (sounds like I might have to cut back though). Also, ots of sauteed greens, salads, avocados, carrots, cabbage, and squash (I know, a nightshade)

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

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on May 31, 2012
at 09:33 PM

@bachcole - YES! New doctor! Debilitating periods are NOT NORMAL. Just because they might be "common" in this dr's practice does not make them NORMAL! You deserve better, honey!

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

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on May 31, 2012
at 09:20 PM

I know. I used to have these horrible attacks of nighttime - I don't even know what to call them, but I'd wake completely up over and over again every time I'd doze off. They were horrible.

F31d10b54b31428e189d9b771bf7b1d1

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on May 31, 2012
at 08:52 PM

I second firing the fool!

F31d10b54b31428e189d9b771bf7b1d1

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on May 31, 2012
at 08:50 PM

Right on! Jill E., I am going to guess that your doctor is a man. How absurd and little it is to think that such pain is healthy. What a complete fool your doctor is!

F31d10b54b31428e189d9b771bf7b1d1

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on May 31, 2012
at 08:47 PM

I second the "find a new doctor" if he says that everything is fine. For decades, doctors have been telling people, usually women, that everything was fine or that it is all in their heads when they the doctors can't find what is wrong. Like it doesn't exist if they can't figure it out.

F31d10b54b31428e189d9b771bf7b1d1

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on May 31, 2012
at 08:44 PM

You also might try raw veggie juice fasting. Start slow and increase slow. I lost 25 pounds very easily by raw veggie juice fasting. I fasted for 30 days. The micronutrients in raw veggie juice made fasting pretty easy. Excess body fat is not just a symptom, it is also a cause of problems. Check out http://www.fatsickandnearlydead.com/ Also, even while fasting, I took 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in the morning and usually had 1 or 2 eggs blended into my drink in the morning. Biochemically, this recipe is paleo. Good luck.

40b065644e95a090f6a41808303773ae

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on May 31, 2012
at 08:43 PM

I deleted the reference to my asthma and getting constricted airways when I eat gluten/wheat via a "cheat" like a cupcake or something, but with everyone double-checking whether that's cut out of your diet, I'll mention it again as well. Fast food also makes me wheezy, but I haven't touched that in a few months.

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on May 31, 2012
at 08:41 PM

The acupuncturist is also treating my horrible periods successfully.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on May 31, 2012
at 08:39 PM

Sleeping pills can make apnea and sleeping difficulties worse. I would "sleep," but never awaken rested. They are also highly addictive. I found help from a Chinese acupuncturist. He treated my insomnia and continues to treat my TII diabetes with acupuncture and herbs.

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at 08:36 PM

Dear Jill E., do not worry. All will be well. You are young, so these problems should be improved upon easily. We do not deal so much in pathology, a long list of which you wrote for us, as in healing. Instead of tossing and turning in frustration when you can't sleep, I suggest that you go to bed much earlier, like perhaps 7:30 P.M., and when you wake up and it looks like you aren't going to be able to go back to sleep right away, do something productive: meditation, sitting upright; yoga, reading a book. Don't watch TV or be on the computer.

8634d4988ced45a68e2a79e69cc01835

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on May 31, 2012
at 08:34 PM

Could you have PCOS?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on May 31, 2012
at 08:33 PM

If worse comes to worse, I can recommend a great herbal doctor.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on May 31, 2012
at 08:32 PM

Now, after I re-read it - I am 1000% positive you are gluten intolerant.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on May 31, 2012
at 08:32 PM

PLEASE read my comment and let me know if you are gluten-free. If you are on Paleo, you should be gluten-free, but your symptoms sound way too familiar to me.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on May 31, 2012
at 08:30 PM

I have a feeling it is gluten - sounds too close to home.

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at 08:11 PM

+1 totally.....

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464e1c66609d402615ae2b3cf72d53fb

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on May 31, 2012
at 07:43 PM

Get a sleep study. Sounds like sleep apnea to me. BTW, weight loss usually doesn't cure it. OSA is a killer. PLEASE get a sleep study.

Jeff

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

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on May 31, 2012
at 08:11 PM

+1 totally.....

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

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on June 01, 2012
at 12:06 AM

I have several friends and family members that have apnea and none of them ever remember when they wake up. I'm not saying a sleep study wouldn't be of benefit, but it didn't say apnea to me.

57bef671ea7e05631c9fa56f708bcaa9

(258)

on May 31, 2012
at 10:46 PM

Thanks, I was wondering if it might be sleep apnea. I was very surprised my Dr didn't suggest it.

Da681d976130df15aac3984013aaad6d

(720)

on May 31, 2012
at 10:47 PM

Why are people suggesting sleep apnea?

870fdea50f2a9f1cd2890c8e22549300

(2056)

on June 01, 2012
at 01:41 PM

@Lauren, the nocturia is a classic symptom (although it can indicate other problems as well).

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B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

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on May 31, 2012
at 08:12 PM

your Dr is wrong...debilitating periods are the status quo because Dr's have seen it so often they have deemed it normal. in addition to the sleep study you might also have a more indepth evaluation of your thyroid function.

57bef671ea7e05631c9fa56f708bcaa9

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on May 31, 2012
at 10:46 PM

Yep, he is a man!

F31d10b54b31428e189d9b771bf7b1d1

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on May 31, 2012
at 08:50 PM

Right on! Jill E., I am going to guess that your doctor is a man. How absurd and little it is to think that such pain is healthy. What a complete fool your doctor is!

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F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

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on May 31, 2012
at 08:26 PM

Are you 100% gluten-free? How is your O3:O6 ratio? Are you eating nightshades? What kind of meat are you eating - are you getting organs and joints or just muscle meat? How about fermented foods? You might want to try decreasing fibrous veggies and fiber overall for a while and see if you can help improve your digestion. That can help with a lot of other issues too.

And yeah, I'd fire that GYN in a heartbeat and find one who will evaluate you for endomitriosis and fibroids. Endomitriosis happens in women your age and can ruin your future fertility.

57bef671ea7e05631c9fa56f708bcaa9

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on May 31, 2012
at 10:36 PM

I am 100% gluten free. As far as omega 3s, I eat a can or two of sardines a week, plus FCLO everyday (not sure how that bodes for the ratio, but it's better than nothing?) I avoid most nightshades, but I have a weakness for squash that I need to... squash. Meat, lots of different kind of red meat, plus whole chicken. I don't eat nearly as much organ meat as I should - don't have the taste for it. Something to work on. I put joints in my bone broth, which I use a lot.

F31d10b54b31428e189d9b771bf7b1d1

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on May 31, 2012
at 08:52 PM

I second firing the fool!

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on May 31, 2012
at 08:30 PM

I have a feeling it is gluten - sounds too close to home.

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

(3850)

on May 31, 2012
at 09:20 PM

I know. I used to have these horrible attacks of nighttime - I don't even know what to call them, but I'd wake completely up over and over again every time I'd doze off. They were horrible.

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

(3850)

on June 01, 2012
at 12:10 AM

You can use paleotracker or something similar to track your diet and it will give you an O3:O6 ratio. Personally my horrible cramps were definitely exascerbated by too much O6. You may also have to kick the coffee. It's very problematic for the gluten sensitive, even if it's not contaminated.

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on May 31, 2012
at 08:13 PM

I am going to suggest sleep apnea also. There can be different causes for it, sometimes losing weight helps, sometimes not. I have it mildly and I'm slightly underweight. Get a sleep study, as Jeff suggests, it's hard to function properly without adequate sleep.

As far as your IBS goes, what kind of veggies do you eat? After stopping grains I was chagrined to find that cruciferous vegitables, especially broccoli, caused beaucoup problems. Sigh, guess I can't eat those anymore!

And your doctors. If you think your problems are not being properly addressed then maybe it's time to see a new doctor. Don't let anyone tell you something is normal if you feel it's not! Hope you start feeling better soon!

F31d10b54b31428e189d9b771bf7b1d1

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on May 31, 2012
at 08:47 PM

I second the "find a new doctor" if he says that everything is fine. For decades, doctors have been telling people, usually women, that everything was fine or that it is all in their heads when they the doctors can't find what is wrong. Like it doesn't exist if they can't figure it out.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

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on June 01, 2012
at 03:12 AM

Try to find a naturopath or functional medicine doctor, or someone who might be open to unconventional connections, causes, and solutions. You want someone who will look at the whole picture, and try to find the unifying underlying imbalances, and not just treat your symptoms piecemeal.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

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on May 31, 2012
at 09:33 PM

@bachcole - YES! New doctor! Debilitating periods are NOT NORMAL. Just because they might be "common" in this dr's practice does not make them NORMAL! You deserve better, honey!

57bef671ea7e05631c9fa56f708bcaa9

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on May 31, 2012
at 10:31 PM

Yeah, I think new doctors all around might be the answer. I'm just afraid to turning to another and getting the same results. I'll have to do a lot of research first. As far as the sleep apnea, I thought maybe the Dr might suggest it - but he didn't mention it at all! Veggies- all sorts, including broccoli (sounds like I might have to cut back though). Also, ots of sauteed greens, salads, avocados, carrots, cabbage, and squash (I know, a nightshade)

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Cc3ce03985eac5ebcbb95fc2329f13b0

on May 31, 2012
at 08:27 PM

Try some melatonin for sleep, 2-3mg liquid, a couple hours before bed. My daughter has a brain injury, we use it for her, and I use it, too. As mentioned above, get a sleep test. I used a CPAP machine before losing weight, and it did help me feel more rested.

The need to pee could be weight related, but if you drink tea or coffee, cut back.

Here's the thing, I have tons of experience with doctors because of my daughter. GPs are great for lots of things, but if you have specific complaints (like sleep or digestion) you need to see a specialist. I complained to my doctor for years about my period, frequent urinating, and was told to lose weight. Eventually, I demanded a specialist and went to a gyno. An ultrasound revealed a baseball sized ovarian cyst. So, tell, not ask, tell your GP to send you to a specialist.

I've read that thyroid levels fluctuate often, so thyroid test should really be given over days, and random intervals.

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on May 31, 2012
at 09:14 PM

Jill, There are many great answers and suggestions here.

I would first get a new doctor! If you doctor is telling this is normal for woman or a normal part of aging I would strongly suggest you find a new doctor. See the new doctor WITHOUT her seeing your records first. If she see's your past tests she may come to a conclusion that you are just a hyprocontriac(SP) and looking for attention. When what you really want are answers and solutions.

I would also think about doing alergy/intolerance tests and see if you are getting something in your system either through food or enviroment that your body can not tolerate. It sounds very possible with all the isues you are having. Your body is asking for help and for you to find out what's causing your issues.

Good Luck! And I hope you find the answers and solutions you need to feel better.

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on May 31, 2012
at 08:37 PM

Get your hormones checked, estrogen/progesterone/testosterone. Go to someone who knows how to treat hormone imbalances. Sometimes these doctors work in age management, so at your age, you might not think to look there.

Here is a website I like that deals with women's issues and paleo www.paleopepper.com (i think she even answers emails) www.paleoforwomen.com (same woman as above)

57bef671ea7e05631c9fa56f708bcaa9

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on May 31, 2012
at 10:42 PM

Thanks for the links!

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on June 02, 2012
at 05:25 AM

Sounds like you are estrogen dominant.

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on June 01, 2012
at 08:27 PM

I've been dealing with this sleep issue since my early teens. Here are a few tricks that might work for you:

  1. Get as much sun as possible during the day.
  2. Do some sort of exercise every day (at least take a long walk).
  3. Keep things as dark as possible in your house once the sun sets.
  4. Take a tiny amount of melatonin an hour or so before bed (like .15mg). This will help offset your lower melatonin produciton due to TV, lights, etc.
  5. Keep your bedroom nice and cool, pitch black, and silent.
  6. Wear socks - don't know why but studies show this helps people sleep.
  7. Only sleep or have sex in your bed. Don't read, watch t.v., etc. Your mind needs to associate your bed solely with sleep or sex.
  8. This is perhaps the most important one. Shoot for 7-9 hours of sleep. Go to bed at the same time and get up at the same time every single day, no matter what. Even if you toss and turn all night. Get up when you're supposed to get up. This way you're body will learn THIS IS WHEN I SLEEP! Basically, you've got to get yourself in a pattern.
  9. So you don't feel the urge to pee as much, obviously don't drink anything a few hours before bed.

The above is just good sleep hygiene. I can also tell you that upping your carb intake, particularly in the evening will help you sleep. Very Low Carb diets can cause insomnia. Carbs make you sleeply. Have a sweet potato with butter or something around 8/9. Obviously, don't increase your overall calorie intake if you're trying to lose weight. For me between 100-150g of carbs a day has been ideal. Less than 50g and I don't sleep.

Sleeping better and getting more vitamin D (from the sun) might help you with some of your other problems as well. Good luck!

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on June 01, 2012
at 05:41 PM

With the IBS, a low FODMAP diet may help.

http://shepherdworks.com.au/disease-information/low-fodmap-diet

1
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on May 31, 2012
at 08:34 PM

I second the idea of getting an indepth thyroid panel, specifically free T3 and free T4 and also potential adrenals and female hormones... please check out this website: www.stopthethyroidmadness.com It has really helped me figure out my own thyroid issues.

I also think about estrogen dominance...I'm no expert but only know I have been that way most of my life and have had issues with stubborn weight loss, shitty sleep, and hard, heavy periods and endometriosis (estrogen is what stimulates tissue growth).

Consider an elimination diet to see what foods irritate the IBS, if you can swing it.

And if this helps: I am doing fasted exercise after a cup of green tea in the morning. Also added in HIIT 3 times a week as well as the weight lifting and bikram yoga. And 5 to 6 days a week, a slight caloric deficit with low carb paleo (50 or less), with that last day as a day I eat like 150 to 250 carbs and much more calories. This is to replenish glycogen stores. It's been a week doing this and I've already leaned out a little compared to how I was before.

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F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on May 31, 2012
at 08:30 PM

This sounds EXACTLY like my gluten intolerance. You wrote you have eliminated all grains.

Are you still grain-free?

Also, do you eat starchy veggies like sweet potatoes, pumpkin, beets, etc?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on June 01, 2012
at 01:05 PM

Then I don't know what is wrong with you, I am sorry. If you get worse or nothing help, write to me and I will recommend my herbal doctor.

57bef671ea7e05631c9fa56f708bcaa9

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on May 31, 2012
at 10:38 PM

I am 100% grain-free. I don't eat a lot of starchy veggies, but I do have maybe 2 sweet potatoes a week.

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on May 31, 2012
at 08:06 PM

On losing weight: consider lowering calories a bit and see what happens? (I'm aware of the CI/CO argument)

I realize everyone is different, but I'm also a 25/F and 5'5". At my heaviest I was 210lbs, and while I lost 60lbs via SAD eating and exercising, the calorie ranges still stand for me now with paleo. I tend to maintain around 1700-1800, and notice favorable weight loss changes at 1200-1500.

I have similar sleep issues where I'll toss and turn a lot, so I've been supplementing with Magnesium and have changed where I sleep. I have a folding bed that is really only meant for guests and it's been bothering my back lately, so I've been moving the thin 4" mattress to the floor to sleep and have been sleeping so much better.

My asthma was mostly stress related when I was younger, and only comes back when I try to run for more than a few minutes; even so I think it's more a lack of endurance now. But asthma sucks, and I'd be annoyed with my doctor if he told me what yours did. :/

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on May 31, 2012
at 08:43 PM

I deleted the reference to my asthma and getting constricted airways when I eat gluten/wheat via a "cheat" like a cupcake or something, but with everyone double-checking whether that's cut out of your diet, I'll mention it again as well. Fast food also makes me wheezy, but I haven't touched that in a few months.

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on September 07, 2012
at 11:45 AM

All the things you mention can be associated with magnesium shortage. Do you experience muscle cramps (especially in the calfes)?

At the moment I think that paleo eating inevitably leads to magnesium defficiency due to depleated farming soils (at least in europe that is the case). Even organ meat doesn't provide enough magnesium. If you think it can help you get a decent supplement (that is: not based on magnesium oxide). I just ordered now magnesium & calcium powder since it doesn't cost a thing, 220 gr for about 6$. For 12 gr in pills from solgar I paid 14 €.

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on June 01, 2012
at 06:05 PM

Get your Vitamin D level tested. Not only is is essential for fat loss; it's a hormone precursor and is needed for good sleep. Oh, and I am asthma free as long as I keep my level around 80 ng/ml.

You may find this article interesting: http://drgominak.com/vitamin-d

You also need to make sure you are getting enough Magnesium & Zinc. 400-600 mg of Magnesium Glycinate (or Citrate if you have constipation) before bed will help with sleep & Mag is a co-factor for D.

If you have been vegetarian or avoiding red meat, you likely need to up your Zinc. 50 mg Zinc Picolinate for a few months & then do a zinc taste tally to see if you need to keep supplementing.

Kefir & other fermented foods to help heal your gut.

As others have said, drop the fiber supplement & look into FODMAPS for your IBS symptoms.

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on June 02, 2012
at 08:43 AM

I got it tested now, mine is freaking 40 and I supplement 10k iu. I wonder why it's still kinda on the low side.

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on June 02, 2012
at 08:44 AM

I understand retinol may interfere, but without retinol I get acne.

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on May 31, 2012
at 08:48 PM

In the UK for your height 112 - 140 pounds would be healthy and normal range weight. I suspect if you could lose 50 punds to get down to 140 then a lot of these problems might go. However the sleep disturbance may not. i was talking to someone with that this week and he is very slim. He said all 3 other men on the ward when he was tested were slim too (I had been suggesting it was an over weight issue but I am wrong). He now sleeps with a mask every night and gets 6 - 7 very sold perfect hours of sleep and his life is transformed.

I second the thyroid issue too - get that tested but only by someone who really knows about these things.

Have you worked out how many calories you are eating? Most people lose weight if they take in fewer calories than they expend.

I think people need some carbs, try eating a small handful of "brown carb" (not refined) with each meal. it tends to keep people happier too.

Urinating a lot can be a sign of diabetes which is rising hugely because of the obesity epidemic so worth checking that out too.

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on May 31, 2012
at 08:25 PM

Have you considered switching to the nuvaring for your cramps? I used to take a day off of work each period and would soak in a tub, crying and in the fetal position hoping somebody would just kill me to make the pain stop. The only way to make the pain stop was to fall asleep which felt impossible.

I started on the nuvaring and it was like magic. I don't have any more pain whatsoever. My bloodflow is probably HALF of what it was... my period is shorter too. Instead of eight days of hell I probably have three regular flow days and that's that. I highly suggest you try it for your pains.

And your difficulty losing weight may be connected to your IBS if you aren't digesting properly. I'm in that same boat... I started on probiotics and it helped immediately (went to the bathroom 4-5 times within my first dose) and it also helped me to take dieter's tea once a week to help things empty out regularly until my body could manage on its own.

Fiber never did anything to help me with my IBS btw.

Just some suggestions :)

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on May 31, 2012
at 10:41 PM

Hmm, interesting! I have considered switching BC in general, but all the "long term ones" are so scary. Nuvaring is far less scary (compared to Mirena, etc.) but I'll look into it

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on May 31, 2012
at 08:17 PM

ok, I'm going to suggest looking into a product that was suggested to me, a friend of mine swears by it, said her IBS and nervous tummy is all but gone. She said this product works for constipation and also for dirreaha. She said take it twice a day for 2 wks then cut back to one time day for one week then after that only when getting nervous tummy or is she feels an issue developing.

Its an over the counter product, I'm going to give it a try when I can get some.....If I hadn't known her I would discount it but she's doing much better and back to good health again, before it was questionable.

heres the product, again, research it, check it out and see if its something that could help for the IBS. http://www.amazon.com/Equalactin-Citrus-Flavored-Tablets-Irritable/dp/B0061K214G/ref=pd_ys_sf_s_3760901_a1_14_p

As for the cramps, no fibroids of any kind?

hang in there!!!

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on May 31, 2012
at 10:39 PM

Thanks for the link! I don't know there are no fibroids, my ob/gyn hasn't checked... like other people said, I think I need a new one

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