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Old 07-11-2014, 16:15   #1
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Hello everyone!

I've come here to share my symptoms and see if anyone else has suffered the same and if they could offer some advice?

I'm 21 year old woman living in London and for the past few years I've been struggling with fatigue, nausea, dizziness, cold and tingling in hands and feet, underweight and feeling weak. I've been falling asleep a lot, crashing after meals and generally feeling unwell. More recently (past year or so) I've become incredibly thirsty, had shortness of breath and blurred vision and sore eyes. I need to drink water constantly.

I've been to so many doctors but only just got sent for a blood test this week. I've been told I'm depressed, stressed, accuses of being anorexic, even pregnant. I am none of these things. I love being busy and have just started an amazing job, but I am home in bed exhausted or getting sent home from work because I just crash out halfway through the day.

I've tried cutting out gluten and diary thinking its allergies, I've tried all sorts of vitamins and health food stuff, more exercise (although I am an active person normally) and nothing works.

My blood test results came back fine today. Although I wasn't told what I was tested for and in fact had to push for a blood test in the first place. I was in the doctors room for 60 seconds. I just feel like my symptoms are being ignored.

Does anyone have any advice? I've just asked to collect my blood test results so I can have a look at them.

The shakiness, fatigue, thirst and nausea is wiping me out. I just want to be healthy and get on with my life, my job and my degree!

Please share you experiences and any advice that you may have is hugely appreciated. Thank you!

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I also forgot to mention that I constantly sweat in my sleep and get really hot, while I'm normally freezing during the day.

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Welcome to the forum!

What are you actually eating? Write down everything that passes your lips in the next 24 hrs. And go to the doctors surgery to pick up your labwork.

It is difficult to comment when we don't know what the doc tested you for, or more about your eating/drinking habits. Also are you taking any form of medication.

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I normally eat gluten free cereal, yoghurt or fruit at breakfast and a sandwich or salad for lunch and some sort of larger meal at dinner. I am not a vegetarian so I don't feel that I'm lacking in anything because of that, I definitely get 5 portions of fruit and veg a day, but I am usually crave sugar and then salt. I'm often hungry throughout the day but I have never put weight on, I'm actually just underweight.

I will collect my blood results tomorrow and make a better note of what I eat. Can you let me know why you've recommended I make note of my food intake and what I should be looking for?

Thank you so much for your help!

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Welcome to the forum.
I would suggest to call doctors office and ask to have following tests done. You can say the reason is that you are unable to work due to extreme fatigue.

1) H1A1c and Fasting glucose : For any signs of diabetes
2) Vitamin D levels.
3) Vitamin B levels.
4) Iron levels.

Did these symptoms appear suddenly ?
Do they appear after meals?

Also get a glucose meter and test your blood sugar levels before meals and 30, 60, 90, 120 min after meals.

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Hi Rahul, thanks very much for this advice!

I will get a glucose meter and begin testing. Can you recommend what numbers I should be looking for as healthy? Or a source to find out this info, as I have absolutely no idea what is a good or bad number.

I have missed 3 days of work this week and have only done two half days, which is really horrible. I will go to a new doctors with a better list of symptoms and my glucose findings.

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I will collect my blood results tomorrow and make a better note of what I eat. Can you let me know why you've recommended I make note of my food intake and what I should be looking for?

Thank you so much for your help!
There are several vitamin and mineral deficiencies that can cause some of the symptoms, iron being one. Also salt craving with your other symptoms can be indicative of adrenal fatigue aka chronic fatigue syndrome.

Try to avoid coffee and alcohol for a few days...yes that includes all energy drinks. See if the symptoms improve.

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Hi Rahul, thanks very much for this advice!

I will get a glucose meter and begin testing. Can you recommend what numbers I should be looking for as healthy? Or a source to find out this info, as I have absolutely no idea what is a good or bad number.

I have missed 3 days of work this week and have only done two half days, which is really horrible. I will go to a new doctors with a better list of symptoms and my glucose findings.
The normal ranges are on the websites ( just google)
but at a high level

Fasting between 70 -100 mg/dl
and 2 hours after meals should be under 140. The normal bgs however return to under 100 after 2 hrs mark.

H1A1c gives an avg of 3 months.

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Kitty,

Your meter will be calibrated in different units than those used by Rahul. For you the limits are
Fasting between 4 -5.5 mmol/L
and 2 hours after meals should be under 7.6. The normal bgs however return to under 5.5 after 2 hrs mark.

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I'd suggest testing what you normally eat for a few days, noting how you feel.

Then for a few days after that reduce the carbohydrates (breads, cereal, pasta, potatoes, fruit,etc.), increase your protein with fatty sources of protein (fatty meats, bacon, eggs, full-fat yoghurt (no fruit), full-fat cheese), and increase fats (melt butter on your veggies, pour olive oil on your salads, eat more fatty bacon). Note how you feel on these days of fewer carbs.

Some of your symptoms remind me of reactive hypoglycemia, where the pancreas puts out too much insulin and "eats up" all the carbs too quickly. To minimize this one reduces carb consumption and increases fats. So this experiment might point to RH, which is easily controlled through diet.

But, testing your blood sugars before and after meals will show you if your body has a problem metabolizing carbs (you DO eat a lot of carbs).

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