My body is malfunctioning. Can paleo restore my health?

Asked on August 07, 2016
Created August 07, 2016 at 1:28 AM

This is my first post, though I've lurked for a while. I'm getting desperate for answers.

Two months ago, I started having issues. I was getting short of breath, chest pains, fatigue, and wooziness. Heart disease runs in my family so my initial reaction was that this was related to my heart. My PCP gave me an ekg and told me I was fine, and that my body was just adjusting to working out more (I had started c25k and strength training a week before it all started). But my problems persisted and changed. I was also getting random sharp pains in my lower chest and aches in my forearms.

I continued having breathing problems and some chest pains (not exercise induced). I constantly felt run down. I went to urgent care one day because I felt like I was suffocating and had a choking sensation as well as dizziness. They did a chest x-ray, another ekg, and bloodwork. It ended with the doctor telling me I was just chronically hyperventilating. He sent me away with anxiety medication. I do not, nor have I ever had an anxiety disorder. 

I went a while longer, my issues coming and going. I went to a new doctor during a short period of feeling okay aside from some pain in my arms. I have rheumatoid arthritis, so the doctor suggested it could just be my neck pushing on a nerve. They did an x-ray of my neck and said it was fine, but didn't seem concerned about my pain otherwise. They told me I was too young to have any heart problems (I am a 29yr old female, not overweight, but could lose a few lbs). My arthritis has been under control for 2 years with no mess. My current disease activity is extremely low, so I do not know if my autoimmunity is factoring into all of this.

Since that visit, I have gone back to urgent care for the same reasons. This time, a different doctor asked more questions and said that the air quality here is lousy and there's a unique spore that messes people up in conjunction with the pollution  (this is my second summer in Cincinnati). It seems a lot of my issues became worse outside and started when I started running outdoorsI stopped when my health started declining). She said it could be allergies and just sensitivity to the air. She gave me Claritin and steroids to reduce the inflammation in my throat and chest, which only helped a little. 

I also wear masks outdoors, which prevents an immediate reaction when I'm outside. However, I don't know that this is the cause of my misery or just something that exacerbates it. I still have episodes indoors. Tonight, after feeling fine all day, I started feeling off while drawing. My heart started beating hard, though not fast, and I felt tired with pressure in my head. The hard heartbeat is something else that has started up, as well and was something my doctor completely shrugged off even though my BP was 120/65 when I first arrived, but when I told him about the pounding that had started, he checked my BP again and it was 150/70. My pulse stays steady around 60-65.

Also, as I kissed my fiance before heading to the bedroom, he commented that my lips and hands were extremely cold and he told me to make sure I was breathing (he thinks I just hyperventilate). 

Right now, I am cold, woozy, my heart is pounding and I have a lump in my throat. I feel very run down.

I'm not seeking medical advice or anything, but since the doctors around here seem to continually dismiss my issues and act like there's nothing wrong, I don't know what else to do until I find a doctor who gives a damn. (If anyone knows of a good doc in Cincinnati  OH, I'm open to suggestions)

Any ideas what can be causing this? Severe allergies? Autoimmunity ?similar experiences? I'm still concerned for my heart, but nobody will do anything other than an ekg. 

I want to start eating a paleo diet in hopes that reducing inflammation will help even just a little and give me some energy. How long does it take to feel results? Can paleo help with palpitations?

Sorry for the long post. Any advice is appreciated. I just want my life back.




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