Hi readers, I am a 22 year old male, and have been having health issues for the past several years. It started when I was having chest pains which the doctors put down to reflux. This began my PPI usage, which unfortunately lasted for approx 5 years. I had doctor after doctor dismissing me and sending me away with yet another PPI prescription. Prior to starting PPI use I issues with constipation, I would only be going once every 3-4 days. After starting on PPIs my constipation only got worse. I partly blame these initial digestive issues on my own stupidity, I ate a very bad diet when I was young.
My symptoms only worsen over the years:
- Various stomach pains and discomfort, mainly around the navel and the upper, left stomach.
- Reflux, bloating, gas.
- Irregular jolts of pain/tingling in arms and legs.
- Brain fog, dizziness/uncoordinated feeling.
Over the years I have become more health conscious and after deciding PPIs were probably making things worse, I stopped them about 9 months ago. I also cut out sugar, yeasty products, dairy and a few other things. This has helped the constipation and I am now going to the bathroom once a day. However, as annoying as my physical symptoms are, the worse symptom I have is brain fog. I have an incredibly hard time concentrating and even making coherent sentences at times.
I have had a fair amount of testing including:
- Various blood tests.
- Celiac disease blood test (NEGATIVE).
- Stomach ultrasound.
- Chest X-Ray.
- AlaTOP (REACTIVE).
- Thyroid function test (GOOD).
- Hydrogen breath test (POSITIVE - Lactose Intolerance).
- Colonoscopy (GOOD).
- Gastroscopy (Slight Irritation).
- Various EKGs
- Naturopath said I had candida, "diagnosis" via a VEGA machine
There have been 2 times over the past 7 years that I have felt "normal", both, I believe, are digestive related. Firstly when I was preparing for the colonoscopy (ie: eating basic things and having strong laxatives for 3-4 days). Secondly, when I was on Doxycycline for 2 weeks (as a preventative measure when I have travelled overseas). Both of these times my digestion was great and my head incredibly clear, it was amazing.
That all being said, does anyone have any suggestions or possibilities for further investigation?