Induction Flu-Weird symptoms not sure if they are associated

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 13, 2010 at 10:37 PM

So I am going through an interesting Induction Flu, or at least thats what I am hoping it is. I have been Paleo for a couple of weeks now. Carbs as of the last few days have been under 75 a day. Tuesday I woke with a sore throat, didnt think anything of it until Wed when I got a killer headache that couldn't be touched. Not a migraine or anything of that nature just a nice headache that tylenol or ibuprofen wouldnt relieve. Similar to laying off Caffeine type headache. Anyways, then I got muscle cramps and overall lethargic...breath was rank. This lasted into the night and even got a small fever. Next day cramps are still there but after drinking from Cocunut water they start to go away. So i assume potassium deficiency. Today I have this small water type bubbles on my fingers, and both my Hands and feet feel like they are burning or at least more sensitive to hot water. Almost as though they are sunburned.

Any thoughts? Someone said my body is probably just detoxing and adjusting, others think its the die off of candida.

Your thoughts?



on August 16, 2010
at 06:33 PM

It will pass :)



on August 13, 2010
at 11:30 PM

One other thing I forgot to mention same feeling on my tongue. Almost as though I burned it with coffee. Taste buds are less too. Odd indeed



on August 13, 2010
at 11:07 PM

Ketosis and possible wheat / carb withdrawal - it will last a wk or two and you will feel much better



on August 13, 2010
at 10:56 PM

Yeah its that something else that is getting me. Taking a shower this morning I nearly jumped out thought I was burning myself but realized it was just my hands that felt like they were on fire!



on August 13, 2010
at 10:48 PM

sounds like some ketosis and something else too. Metal mouth, headaches, lethargy are symptoms of first time entering ketosis.

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on August 16, 2010
at 06:06 PM

Turns out when I went to the Dr after getting blisters on my hands and feet. I apparently picked up the Hand Foot Mouth Disease. Its normally affecting children. Apparently I picked it up from dropping my daughter off at school, she just start last week.

I have never had it and once you get it, you usually don't again.

Oh well at least I know now what is is.



on August 14, 2010
at 03:31 AM

These are weird symptoms. Just in case, I'd type in all your foods at fitday.com and see if you are missing or low on any important vitamins or minerals. You could also consider upping your carbs a bit and see if that helps. You don't have to be super low carb to be paleo. If this doesn't go away soon, I'd see a doctor just in case the doctor might actually be able to say something useful about what is going on. (I'm tired of doctors who can't help and I am left to figure it out totally on my own..)

Edited to add: By the way, most meats are good sources of potassium so it's hard to eat a lot of meat and still be significantly low on potassium. HOwever, you may want to consider magnesium as a potential and very likely culprit. Coconuts are fairly high in magnesium which may be why coconut milk helped you, and lack of magnesium also can cause muscle cramps. And there aren't a lot of foods high in magnesium that are also paleo so it's fairly easy to not be getting enough magnesium. Symptoms of magnesium deficiency are wide ranging and many of them sound like what you have. They are:

twitches, cramps, muscle tension, muscle soreness, including back aches, neck pain, tension headaches and jaw joint (or TMJ) dysfunction. Also, one may experience chest tightness or a peculiar sensation that he can't take a deep breath. Sometimes a person may sigh a lot.

Symptoms involving impaired contraction of smooth muscles include constipation; urinary spasms; menstrual cramps; difficulty swallowing or a lump in the throat-especially provoked by eating sugar; photophobia, especially difficulty adjusting to oncoming bright headlights in the absence of eye disease; and loud noise sensitivity from stapedius muscle tension in the ear.

Magnesium deficiency symptoms involving the peripheral nervous system include numbness, tingling, and other abnormal sensations, such as zips, zaps and vibratory sensations.

Symptoms or signs of the cardiovascular system include palpitations, heart arrhythmias, angina due to spasms of the coronary arteries, high blood pressure and mitral valve prolapse. Be aware that not all of the symptoms need to be present to presume magnesium deficiency; but, many of them often occur together.

Other general symptoms include a salt craving, both carbohydrate craving and carbohydrate intolerance, especially of chocolate, and breast tenderness.

If you are going to use a magnesium supplement, remember that magnesium oxide in one study only had a 6% digestion rate so don't get the oxide form which is a very common form.


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