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Fat malabsorption, parasite, thyroid???

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 01, 2012 at 1:22 AM

Maybe someone could help me connect the dots here. I've been dealing with these symptoms chronically for several years...they're not completely debilitating but annoying nonetheless.

  1. Skin ??? Keratosis Pilaris, since age 3

  2. Digestion - gotta say much better compared to my raw vegan days, but still the occasional bloating and discomfort and sometimes strange noises

  3. Mucus ??? back of throat, maybe post-nasal? It seems to happen every few weeks and feels a bit sore and infected

  4. Underweight - I'm thin and never seem to be able to gain

  5. Swollen gums - I don???t know, gingivitis maybe?

  6. Dark circles under eyes

  7. Low libido

I'm 22 and male.

I know there's gotta be some underlying condition that could explain these symptoms. Since 2009, in trying to resolve these issues, I've gone from low-carb, to high-carb vegan (with some raw stints in there and of course the obligatory fasting which I took way to far with a 26 day water fast), and now to paleo, without much improvement.

For about 7 months now I've been doing a mostly paleo diet. More recently been following Chris Kresser's recommendations in his Personal Paleo Code.

What would really help is if anyone could share their ideas about what might be going on. Obviously I'll see a doctor for an accurate diagnosis (once I find a good one). My thought is that I'm experiencing some sort of fat malabsorption which might explain some of the symptoms. Other thoughts are thyroid issues, diabetes, or maybe a parasite/bacterial infection. My efforts just seem somewhat frivolous if I don't know what I'm treating.

So if anyone's feeling generous and would like to help a brotha out, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

*EDIT: I want to add that when I get post-nasal it lasts for a few days to a week and is brown in color. I know that's disgusting, but maybe significant in some way. And I think I was able to trace the culprit this time...probably the mexican foods I had (chicken on top a bed of lettuce). It's rare that I eat out so this was probably it.

Also I should have added chronic fatigue to the list, and since I forgot about it I should add poor memory too :) It really is a problem though...especially when others remember more details about myself than I do.

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on May 30, 2014
at 09:34 AM

Yep, and it will help with absorption/digestion, skin issues, memory, dark circles under eyes, low libido, at least it does for me...

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on February 08, 2012
at 12:36 AM

Kyev, I don't know if you have access to ghee (clarified butter) but it is a way to keep butter in your life with out the mucous causing junk in it to ruin your fun. Google for recipes to make your own. It is lactose/casein free. I know how you feel about the frustration. Just try and stay positive and keep searching. We are on the road to wellness.

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on February 01, 2012
at 06:58 PM

+1 for the use of the term Boolean.

D460f31ffa93f2b244ee66ba966574b9

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on February 01, 2012
at 05:29 AM

Haven't heard of him, thanks for the recommendation. What I really need is to work with a practitioner like this. I'm hoping that towards the end of the year I can make that happen if I'm still having health issues...and I wouldn't mind a trip out to CA :)

D460f31ffa93f2b244ee66ba966574b9

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on February 01, 2012
at 05:21 AM

Cool, thanks for sharing your experience. I've noticed it seems certain foods affect the mucus/post-nasal issue, and for that reason I eliminated a bunch of foods maybe 1.5 months ago - nightshades, white rice, and the little dairy I was having, butter. It's weird though, in November I was feeling the best I had in years eating a less-restrictive diet and all of my symptoms were improving. Damn, it's so frustrating to try and figure this out, I'm hopeful though.

D460f31ffa93f2b244ee66ba966574b9

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on February 01, 2012
at 05:08 AM

Thanks for the tip, I'll look into it.

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C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on February 01, 2012
at 02:23 AM

Hi Kyev. When I first started Paleo back in March of 2011 I was SHOCKED by the changes my body was going through. I was equally shocked when later I started getting 'mystery' sick from something paleo approved like avocado and spaghetti squash. WTF? So many things were clearly, positively being impacted by this diet/lifestyle change that I was floored when I started having weird ass reactions to things. 4 months went by before things got bad enough that I finally went on an elimination diet for 5 weeks and figured out what was bothering me. I also unintentionally gave my system a chance to heal itself. My long story is to try and say this, Paleo is awesome, yes, but sometimes there are underlying issues caused by years of unintentional damage to our systems that need a special intervention to heal.

ALL of your symptoms speak to me of an underlying sensitivity to food and malabsorption issues. I'm not an expert. Just a person with issues who reads a lot so take this with a grain of salt and do your own Boolean searches a la Google. My advice is to take some time and really focus on healing your insides. Just get really clean and simple for a while and take out anything that might be causing a problem and add in home fermented foods, probiotics, fats. And then just keep doing that. It could take as little as three weeks, or it could take 6 months.

Best of luck on your journey.

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

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on February 01, 2012
at 06:58 PM

+1 for the use of the term Boolean.

D460f31ffa93f2b244ee66ba966574b9

(153)

on February 01, 2012
at 05:21 AM

Cool, thanks for sharing your experience. I've noticed it seems certain foods affect the mucus/post-nasal issue, and for that reason I eliminated a bunch of foods maybe 1.5 months ago - nightshades, white rice, and the little dairy I was having, butter. It's weird though, in November I was feeling the best I had in years eating a less-restrictive diet and all of my symptoms were improving. Damn, it's so frustrating to try and figure this out, I'm hopeful though.

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on February 08, 2012
at 12:36 AM

Kyev, I don't know if you have access to ghee (clarified butter) but it is a way to keep butter in your life with out the mucous causing junk in it to ruin your fun. Google for recipes to make your own. It is lactose/casein free. I know how you feel about the frustration. Just try and stay positive and keep searching. We are on the road to wellness.

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on February 01, 2012
at 02:21 AM

Google for adrenals - you might have an adrenal problem. If so, then you definitely want to get them checked out by a good endocrinologist.

D460f31ffa93f2b244ee66ba966574b9

(153)

on February 01, 2012
at 05:08 AM

Thanks for the tip, I'll look into it.

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on May 30, 2014
at 09:19 AM

@Kyev

If you haven't had any investigations into malabsorption, you may have undiagnosed problems such as vitamin B12 deficiency. I found out about mine from a Naturopath's extensive testing after being unable to complete the "gluten challenge" that's used to officially diagnose celiacs (my heart beats so crazily when I eat wheat, I bombed out at Day 8, wasn't worth the risk of a heart attack).

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on February 01, 2012
at 02:57 AM

I highly recommend consulting with this guy: http://metabolichealing.com/about-michael-mcevoy/ I was dealing with digestion issues and hormonal imbalance as well. He has helped me tremendously in determining what foods and supplements my body needs. He works with a medical doctor and will use your blood work results as a guide to get you on the right path.

D460f31ffa93f2b244ee66ba966574b9

(153)

on February 01, 2012
at 05:29 AM

Haven't heard of him, thanks for the recommendation. What I really need is to work with a practitioner like this. I'm hoping that towards the end of the year I can make that happen if I'm still having health issues...and I wouldn't mind a trip out to CA :)

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