Hello, everyone --
I'm wondering what the absolute most thorough test to measure mineral levels in the body is. Something that could provide measurements of macrominerals, trace minerals, element levels, and compounds. My doctor, by his own admission, knows very little about which test(s) to order, so I thought I'd pool opinions here to suggest to him.
I have unexplained abdominal distention. You may remember my thread about it. (don't bother reading it if you haven't already) I've been working tirelessly with my doctors to reach a diagnosis and feel that we're getting closer by the minute. After months of tests coming back normal, several tests came back with abnormal results indicating malabsorption as the likely cause (although the underlying cause of the malabsorption is still a mystery). I'd like to confirm that malabsorption IS part of the problem and the mineral test would really help.
The two abnormal test results were as follows:
1. My Vitamin D levels tested at 16.1. The low end of the normal range for Vitamin D is around a 31 and the high end is around 80 or so. I eat an EXTREMELY healthy diet so this was a shock. I checked and I was getting about 500% of the daily recommended intake. Malabsorption seemed likely so my doctor gave me a MEGA dose of Vitamin D: 50,000 IU/week. We retested a month later and I just barely made it into the low end of the normal range: 33. Vit D is a fat soluble vitamin so this may provide clues as to what is causing the malabsorption.
2. I had my sodium levels measured and they were WAY, WAY low (not quite to the hyponatremic state, but close). My sodium intake at the time was very normal. I supplemented with iodized sea salt, taking in about 8-10 Grams of salt/day which is quite a lot. My doctor thought I was overdoing it, but when I got the test results back they showed I was near but still under the normal range.
Since my sodium was so low, I'm wondering what other minerals might be low as well. For the record, I'm a 24 y.o. long-distance runner and have had severe hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) for almost a decade. Even though I eat a healthy, balanced diet I think it's very possible that this has, over time, depleted me of essential minerals and may be the reason (or part of it) why my body is so out of wack. Thanks so much to everyone who took the time to read this. Hope you all have a great '08!