i am a 27 year old female who has been battling weight gain since i was 17. im always on a new diet, counting calories, obcessing and not really enjoying myself! i came across yet another nutritionist who knew of my problems and put me on to the paleo diet. ots been 2 weeks and like all the diets ive been on i cant lose weight! my temperature has dropped very low 96.8 consistently through out the day. i get so cold, hands feet etc. when in a warm environment heated room i burn up and my lips are very chapped. if anyone can help me and let me know whats wrong with me id appreciate it. since doctors cant help, trainers, nutritionist etc. oh btw been tested over 12x for thyroid problems since my whole famiky has it (mom n dads) side.. they never get a blood test showing a problem. my normal temp since 17 has been 97.1...
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on February 19, 2012
at 12:41 PM
Eat some more carbs and get your thyroid checked.
on February 19, 2012
at 09:06 PM
You sound really frustrated and I can't say that I blame you. So what kind of paleo diet does this nutritionist have you on? What does a typical day of food look like for you? (wondering if you are taking in enough fat/calories?)
You've been tested A LOT for thyroid but have you had a full panel run recently. You may have a TSH in the "normal range," but you can actually have a thyroid problem or autoimmune thyroid disease You can't rule out a thyroid condition on the basis of TSH, You need free T4, free T3 and thyroid antibodies tested as well. Total and uptake too if you can get them.
on February 19, 2012
at 09:44 PM
I've always had many symptoms of being hypothyroid -- without having the tests show up as anything other than "borderline" -- and in my country the health system won't treat borderline results.
My normal temperature is lower than "average" (although I've read that what is seen as "average" in the US has been downgraded from 98.6 in the last couple of years?) - mine is about 97.5 fahrenheit. My hands and feet are usually cold, as well as my nose, even when it's 70 degrees. I wear wool socks all the time, and wool long underwear (to sleep in) year round!
I am middle-aged, and in the last few years, I have developed a stubborn cheilitis which no doctor knows the reason for and no treatment has helped. There is an active cheilitis discussion board on some mildly-barmy health website (which has many participants) and reading the last few years' posts on that site helped me to at least learn about cheilitis, the many purported causes, cures, different types of cheilitis, etc. So many of the folks on there are very depressed and can't find any way to cure their lip problems. I'm sorry, I forget what it's called because I stopped participating there a year ago (because I was getting some weird private messages from some of the members). Might be called Curezone, or maybe that was a different one. Check out the 5-star, 4-star and 3-star (as rated by the moderator) posts which are linked to along the top of the page, to save yourself reading time.
What helped me get rid of 75% of the flaking and chapping was to wash my lips several times a day with an organic tea tree hand soap (very gentle), stop using all vaseline and petroleum products anywhere on my body, stop using any kind of lip balm, and instead to apply pure glycerin (mixed with the same amount of water) after each time I wash my lips or brush my teeth.
I got rid of all my lipsticks (and I find that Lancome ones were really making my lips worse) -- many lipsticks can have ingredients that are irritating to the lips, ground seafood shells, mica, and certain colors (carmine red is ground up insect shells). I didn't use any lipsticks for 2 years. Just last month I started using some drugstore Revlon ones and they aren't too bad - they will make the flaking look a bit worse because the pigment catches on the dead skin, but they don't seem to be exacerbating the problem like all the other brands I have tried.
Whenever I use a face lotion/gel that has alpha hydroxy acids in it, my lips flake up big time within a few hours, even when I put it nowhere near my face, and am scrupulous about not touching my lips with my hands. But I've gone weeks without using it and there is always some chapping on the lips, so this isn't the only cause.
One thing that seems to help me is to change my pillowcases every night. I bought 8 pairs of white pillowcases, and the small amount of bother has paid off. I don't know why this would be - reducing lip contact with skin oils, hair oils, saliva - I don't know -- it's not that I ever excessively dirtied my pillowcases anyway, and I'm not a nighttime drooler. But it did help.
When I moved from the house I was living in where the cheilitis started, it got somewhat better. I've been living somewhere else now for a year. I went back to that house for a visit last month, and the cheilitis flared up considerably there. (Nothing to do with social stress or the foods I was eating, which were the same that I always eat.) I wonder if it is something in the environment of that 100-year old-house that spurred on the lip flaking/chapping to begin with. It's also in an area where many people use heavy lawn chemicals, and crops are dusted in the fields that are all over the place in that region of the country.
This condition seems to be increasing in the population (probably that's just how it felt to me) and is just notorious for doctors not knowing how to treat it, and sending you on your way, telling you 1. to use petroleum jelly (which actually I had been "addicted to" for about 20 years of nonstop use, and I'm glad I've kicked the habit in trying to solve my cheilitis) and 2. not to lick or bite your lips (which I never did anyway, and it seems most of the active folks on that cheilitis discussion board never had done that either).
I already have taken kelp/iodine for many years in trying to self-treat my borderline hypothyroidism, so that isn't something that I could try to treat the sudden, pervasive lip chapping in my case.
Best thing you can do is research it (and all the many names it goes by -- there are quite a few), do experiments where you eliminate things to see if your lips get better, pare down your contacts with various chemicals and allergens for a while, make sure the rest of your lifestyle is healthy, get a little bit of daily sunshine on your lips even in the wintertime, and come up with strategies to deal with it and calm the skin so that you don't start being paranoid that everyone is looking at your lips.
on February 19, 2012
at 08:45 PM
I get cold when I eat LC and not enough fat. It's hard to tell w/o your diet info. I am Celiac, and know that the detox of wheat when I was finally diagnosed was tough. I remember a day it was 10 degrees (celcius) outside and I was wearing two pairs of pants, two sweaters and a jacket and was so cold I had to get in the tub to warm up. I would say look at some of the diet recommendations, read a paleo book or two, and experiment with your macros (protein, carbs, fats) until you are feeling your best. There is no one solution for everyone.