I posted on here frequently last summer during my first round at Paleo. I came to the diet in hopes of healing some issues I had been dealing with for now the past 3 years.
5'6, Female 27 years old. Always naturally thin around 130lbs.
About 3 years ago, I gained about 15 lbs from drinking too much and staying up to late and just not taking care of myself. I stupidly did the homeopathic HCG diet (500 calories a day) and dropped the weight in 3 weeks and felt great. As soon as I started eating more, I got crazy symptoms like fatigue, severe bloating, brain fog, moodiness etc. I was tested over the next 2 years and doctors could not figure out what was going on (Not celiac, tested in Endoscopy & Conoloscopy, food allergies negative, negative H Pylori). My symptoms have only gotten worse. I began a gluten free diet last year and it helped a bit, then cut out dairy and soy. At this point I began exercising 5-6 days a week to help with my energy. When I went full Paleo last summer, my brain fog persisted, and I began waking up in a panic nightly and feeling anxious (I know believe I was overtraining and not eating enough).
In January, my family thought my eating habits were incredibly orthorexic for me not even feeling much better, so I went back to SAD and stopped working out. I gained 40lbs (the most I have ever weighed in my life) in a matter of 5 months and in the past month symptoms got wayyyyy worse. My fatigue got so bad I couldnt get out of bed even after 12 hours of sleep. My stomach looked pregnant, hands and feet would swell up and my muscles and joints hurt.
I started Paleo again and that has helped the bloating, joint pain and fatigue a bit. I will not go back to SAD but there is definetly a missing element to my symptoms.
I recently saw an Endocrinologist who tested me for Hashimotos -- antibodies came back normal and my thyroid levels, Vit D levels and CBC are all "normal", although I did have a few small nodules on my thryoid. He put me on 50mcg of Synthroid anyways because my symptoms are still in line with hypothyroidism although my blood tests say differently.
ANYWAYS-- can anyone shed some light on what could be going on?? I feel like I am intolerant to everything -- I now am following the Paleo autoimmune protocol to feel even a little bit better.
Could my metabolism be so messed up from the original diet and subsequent food eliminations/exercising? Or could it really be my thyroid although my tests are all in the normal range? I feel like I am not living and am just existing at this point.
UPDATE I saw my grandmother today who told me my grandfather had Graves disease. Anyone have experience with Graves disease but hypo symptoms? I was not tested for Graves Antibodies, only Hashimotos...
Figured I would come and update... Saw my endo again today and my cortisol tests were normal, Graves antibodies normal and my TSH is low now so he is taking me off Synthroid (I did not feel any differently with it). I feel a lot better from being Paleo but still no answers as to why I react to strongly to foods and still have lingering brain fog. Pursuing healing leaky gut now.
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on July 03, 2013
at 04:57 AM
Hypothyroidism slows digestion and gives bloating and many other issues. Normal range lab tests mean nothing. I was "normal" in my lab tests until I found a great endocrinologist who fixed my adrenal glans and thyroid (you can't heal hypo unless you first fix your adrenal glands). Don't go too low-carb if you have hypo (Paul Jaminet has good articles about this), don't do intermittent fasting if you have adrenal issues (you need stable blood sugars in order to not overload adrenal glands) and take it easy with fat. When you are hypo you go short of ox-bile and have difficulty with digesting fats.
But more than everything, read the beautiful book of Janie Bowthorpe, "Stop the thyroid madness". She suffered for many years of hypo and tried everything until she began to study and found out the problem. Unfortunately, listening to the "conventional" doctor she had to wait until her lab tests were so bad (and her thyroid in such bad conditions) that in the end she developed Addison disease, but still under control. The book has a lot of great suggestions and patients experience on how to heal hypo.
on July 02, 2013
at 04:58 PM
Firstly, I suggest simplifying your diet to something generally Paleo-ish and make sure the diet is balanced nutritionally. Read Perfect Health Diet (Jaminet) and go with the recommended supplementation regimen. Avoid deviating from this diet until you figure out what is wrong.
Now as for what is wrong, I suspect it is either hormonal or you have some fundamental nutritional (vitamin/mineral) imbalance. Maybe a naturopath can advise on the correct set of tests? Based on your test results it is unlikely your thyroid is to blame but I think your doctor is being prudent by having you take low dose Synthroid to see if it helps.
on July 02, 2013
at 04:29 PM
It may be adrenal related or some other hormonal imbalance. Your cheapest option is probably to do a saliva test at home. I've done this one a couple times and it uncovered some issues for me - bit.ly/13TSDf2
on July 02, 2013
at 05:27 PM
I suffer some of the same symptoms periodically. I would look closely at your food intake and read every label--assume nothing and be proactive. In addition to gluten/flour intolerance, artificial sweeteners, and food coloring really screw me up---brain fog, heart palpitations, blurred vision. This stuff will show up in the most unlikely of places...
My latest discovery is the tazo zen green tea I get at Starbucks has 'natural' flavorings added. I've poked around the Internet and came up with some interesting answers as to what those ingredient(s) might be... One of the answers being a 'corn' based product. Is it? I don't have a conclusive answer, but enough of question that I will not buy it anymore. The fact that Starbucks feels compelled to list 'natural ingredients' instead of just listing what is actually in the tea is enough of a reason (for me) to discontinue.