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Help! I feel sick after eating ANYTHING! I'm so sick of this

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  • Posted By: HelpMeFeelBetter
  • December 28, 2007
  • 09:15 PM

Wow, where do I start. Well for starters I'm a 15 year old male that's been feeling bad for 3+ years. My problem is when I eat anything this triggers a ton of unexplainable symptoms which are:

-Fatigue*
-Ache all over
-Stomach aches
-Heartburn
-Constipation*
-Shortness of Breath
-Anxiety*
-Poor memory*
-Terrible concentration*
-Abdominal cramping*

I put a * next to the one's that are the worth and they are pretty constant. The fatigue I feel is like my whole body is drained of energy even after eating well and a goods nights rest. The anxiety seem to come soon after eating an can last for 30 minutes to 3 hours. I think the others are self explanatory.

I've pretty much been to every doctor on the planet I'll try to list them. I've been to first of course a pediatrician and family practice doctor 10+ times throughout the 3 or so years. I was allergy tested, had my lung capacity tested (at the beginning of the period I would complain about breathing a lot. In the past year or so I went to see a neurologist, he said everything was fine. Then I saw a gastroenterologist and they had me looked at from both ends. The only thing they found out was that I was lactose intolerant.

I've had multiple blood test done and have been tested for everything from Lyme to diabetes.

I been to an "alternative medicine" doctor, at least that's what I think it's called and I tested negative for Candida overgrowth. A few months before this occurred I had tried the Candida diet for a month. I felt better mentally ,but almost worse physically. What this doctor did find from a stool test was that I'm gluten intolerant and have a bacterial imbalance in my large intestine. That's all I know really.

I've been to a counselor and took an physiological exam. It ended up saying I score high for depression ,but also it could be a physical problem. After that I was put on Zoloft, right now I'm up to 100mg and also 150mg of Welbutrin. I've been taking these for about 3 months and haven't noticed any effect. I think there definitely was a time that I was depressed ,but I am well past that now and I deeply feel that is not the root cause. However I am still very open to solutions.

Today I went to a psychiatrist and he said that I wasn't depressed and I wasn't over obsessing, or worry about my health so it's really looking to me like it's physical. I think he gave me something for anxiety ,but we still need to get that filled.

I may be missing one or two ,but If I remember I'll fill you guys in.

For about a week and a half now I've been on the Wholesome Medley diet program. At the very bottom of this page it cover what it consist of. What it is basically is eating the core foods: fish, eggs, vegetables, fruit, brown rice, poultry and lean meat. I'm also making three shakes daily that consist of fruit, water, and a supplement powder. Along with these I have to take 10 supplements pills each time. Seven Gastro-Fiber and three SP Cleanse.

So I've been following this diet religiously for the past week and a half with no noticeable improvements. It is a three week diet ,but I'm thinking about maybe doubling it if I still don't feel better. I really wanting to get back to school and not sit at home for months on end o if anyone has a clue about how to sort ANY of this help feel free to help. http://www.steadyhealth.com/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif

Thanks for your time!

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  • Hi there, You poor thing! You could have a couple of things wrong with you. One is being wheat intolerant. Wheat is used in so many 'normal' foods, you would be surprised. Check the side of any boxes or packaging and you will often find Wheat Flour or the additive 1442 (gluten) as part of the ingredients for even things like Rice Crackers. I have this problem of not being a true Celiac but suffer from Wheat Intolerance. This causes headaches, bloating, constipation, cranky moods, tiredness.etc etc. It's hard to eliminate wheat but by being conscious of it you can feel better. The other problem could be Addison's Disease. Not common but from your description it could well be. It hits males more often than females. Look it up on the web and you might get the answers you need. I wish you well!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 2, 2008
    • 01:05 PM
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  • Hi there, You poor thing! You could have a couple of things wrong with you. One is being wheat intolerant. Wheat is used in so many 'normal' foods, you would be surprised. Check the side of any boxes or packaging and you will often find Wheat Flour or the additive 1442 (gluten) as part of the ingredients for even things like Rice Crackers. I have this problem of not being a true Celiac but suffer from Wheat Intolerance. This causes headaches, bloating, constipation, cranky moods, tiredness.etc etc. It's hard to eliminate wheat but by being conscious of it you can feel better. The other problem could be Addison's Disease. Not common but from your description it could well be. It hits males more often than females. Look it up on the web and you might get the answers you need. I wish you well!Thanks for the response! Is wheat intolerance the same as gluten intolerance? I'm wondering this because I just finished my diet that I was on for about a month, and nothing I was eating during that period contained wheat/gluten. I'm looked up Addison's Disease and it seems like another possiblity worth looking into. I'm going to show my parents some info on in them hopefully get tested or move forward in some way, shape, or form. Once again I really appreciate your reply. It's hard when nobody ,not even doctors, have the answer to what is wrong with you, especial if it impacts your life to the point where you can hardly function.
    HelpMeFeelBetter 9 Replies
    • January 3, 2008
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  • Hi, I'm not a doctor and don't know much about medicine, but take a look at Crohn's disease: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crohn's_disease
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 4, 2008
    • 04:24 PM
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  • Hi, I'm not a doctor and don't know much about medicine, but take a look at Crohn's disease: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crohn's_diseaseI think as of now there no way of knowing if I have Crohn's or not. I had an endoscopy done a couple months ago and everything checked out great. However, it does say it can take years for it to develop so it's always a possibilty.
    HelpMeFeelBetter 9 Replies
    • January 5, 2008
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  • What are the chances/likelihood of HIV considering that I've never had sex and the feeling bad started at such a young age?
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    • February 12, 2008
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  • Well they still haven't found anything. So we(my parents) have decided to address the mental aspect of it. Right now I'm on Ritalin and Clonazepam, and the Clonazepam seems to be helping me the most. It's not a cure or anything but it just helps me feel more stably mental. Right now it really seems to me that whatever the problem is, is something to do with metabolism. That would explain why when I eat anything it triggers my symptoms. There were a few days where I ate nothing but a piece of pizza and I was able to function/feel better by so much. And on those days I got out a lot and got exercise and stuff. So right now I'm in this psychiatric clinic for two weeks. Hopefully they'll help in what ways they can with the mental side of things, but the bottom line is that the main cause is physical. But if I can control the mental side, then I feel that I am able to live. If you guys can give me any suggestions that be great.
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  • Are you on any acid blockers? Antacids? PPIs? Reglen?
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  • I dont have any answer's but am femaleat about 14 i had the same problem sort of the thought of food made me feel physically sick and after eating i always felt sick and triedmy parents never took to me a doctor i was accused of lying all though i was loosing weight very fast still no one did anythingthis feeling dissapered when i turned 16 am now 21 and it has started again
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  • Wow, where do I start. Well for starters I'm a 15 year old male that's been feeling bad for 3+ years. My problem is when I eat anything this triggers a ton of unexplainable symptoms which are: -Fatigue* -Ache all over -Stomach aches -Heartburn -Constipation* -Shortness of Breath -Anxiety* -Poor memory* -Terrible concentration* -Abdominal cramping* I put a * next to the one's that are the worth and they are pretty constant. The fatigue I feel is like my whole body is drained of energy even after eating well and a goods nights rest. The anxiety seem to come soon after eating an can last for 30 minutes to 3 hours. I think the others are self explanatory. I've pretty much been to every doctor on the planet I'll try to list them. I've been to first of course a pediatrician and family practice doctor 10+ times throughout the 3 or so years. I was allergy tested, had my lung capacity tested (at the beginning of the period I would complain about breathing a lot. In the past year or so I went to see a neurologist, he said everything was fine. Then I saw a gastroenterologist and they had me looked at from both ends. The only thing they found out was that I was lactose intolerant. I've had multiple blood test done and have been tested for everything from Lyme to diabetes. I been to an "alternative medicine" doctor, at least that's what I think it's called and I tested negative for Candida overgrowth. A few months before this occurred I had tried the Candida diet for a month. I felt better mentally ,but almost worse physically. What this doctor did find from a stool test was that I'm gluten intolerant and have a bacterial imbalance in my large intestine. That's all I know really. I've been to a counselor and took an physiological exam. It ended up saying I score high for depression ,but also it could be a physical problem. After that I was put on Zoloft, right now I'm up to 100mg and also 150mg of Welbutrin. I've been taking these for about 3 months and haven't noticed any effect. I think there definitely was a time that I was depressed ,but I am well past that now and I deeply feel that is not the root cause. However I am still very open to solutions. Today I went to a psychiatrist and he said that I wasn't depressed and I wasn't over obsessing, or worry about my health so it's really looking to me like it's physical. I think he gave me something for anxiety ,but we still need to get that filled. I may be missing one or two ,but If I remember I'll fill you guys in. For about a week and a half now I've been on the Wholesome Medley diet program. At the very bottom of this page it cover what it consist of. What it is basically is eating the core foods: fish, eggs, vegetables, fruit, brown rice, poultry and lean meat. I'm also making three shakes daily that consist of fruit, water, and a supplement powder. Along with these I have to take 10 supplements pills each time. Seven Gastro-Fiber and three SP Cleanse. So I've been following this diet religiously for the past week and a half with no noticeable improvements. It is a three week diet ,but I'm thinking about maybe doubling it if I still don't feel better. I really wanting to get back to school and not sit at home for months on end o if anyone has a clue about how to sort ANY of this help feel free to help. http://www.steadyhealth.com/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif Thanks for your time! Hi Helpmefeelbetter, EVERY symptom listed could be a b12 deficiency symptom. You sound a lot like me at your age. Come on over to the b12 forum and include thios posting. Also check out our list of symtoms and find all of yours, including shifting and changing symtoms and tell us all of them, or at least count them. http://forums.wrongdiagnosis.com/showthread.php?p=90630#post90630
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  • After going back and looking after my original post, I've realized that none of my symptoms have really changed, except I have somewhat learned to control the severity of them. It is very clear though, that bad constipation is something that I've had for a while now, just never realized how bad it was until I saw some doctor at Children's Hospital in DC. Surprisingly to me though, the only thing she really did was put me in this week long daily clinic that preformed group therapy with other kids... Needless to say I felt a little out of place, but I must say I'm glad that I'm not in some other peoples shoes. The thing is the kids in there were in there for clearly mental problems, drug problems, eating disorders, family problems, ect. I was that sick kid with no answers... Well I thought after doing that months ago that, that would rule out the possibility, of my sickness being caused by something in my head... Because yesterday they took me back to the same place for reevaluation. My parents feel that I'm not motivated enough. I try to explain to them that it's not lack of motivation that causes me to just lie low all summer, and that's it's just that I never feel good so I do what I can. I've pushed myself out of my comfirt zone time and time again only to come back right to where I was a a couple weeks to a month later. It's just not realistic for for me to be trying to get a job and being out in about at this point.Anyway, I was given adderall a while back. I never was diagnosed with ADHD, but I guess the thinking behind that was they can't find anything phyiscally wrong, and nothing mentally wrong, then it couldn't hurt to try something like adderal, since I had complained about concentration on numerous occasions. Right now I'm taking 30mg of Adderal xr when I wake up, and then I was have the option to take 15mg later if needed; although I usually don't need to when I'm not in school. While the Adderal does make a huge difference for me, it's still not enough to put me "living" again. And it has brought some problems. I when from about 125lbs to 115lbs, which is not healthy... But after this was brought to my attention I was able to gain back five lbs in about a week.No doctors found anything yet, but on this Friday I'm going back to the GI doctor where there going to give me some camera capsule to swallow to check my small intestine.I hope they find something. Looks like a rambled a little too much so I'll try to give more important details later. Oh and if you took the time to reading this a big THANKS!! :)
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  • What were the results of the camera testing? I'm just wondering if they had found anything during this procedure. I am a 52 year old male and have faced 98% of the same problems you are having my entire life...at least since age 11. I really feel for you and know what you are going through. The main facts I have found: I have constipation regularly, tested positive for SIBO, I am Lactose intolerant, I have multiple food allergies, I have multiple inhalant allergies, I react to strong chemical smells. Just the act of eating anything seems to cause negative symptoms. I have recently went on a 10 day elemental diet avoiding all food allergens. I did not improve much so I assume the problem is not solely food allergies. I had the flu real bad for about a week once and ate very little. I actually improved, gained weight and looked healthier during that week of little eating. Rotating everything that goes down my throat including medications seems to help as irritation seems to develop when consuming the same things over and over. I assume I have a leaky (permeable) gut, but have not been tested. I develop food allergies or intolerances quickly. An example is in using olive oil with all my foods for 3 weeks straight, I now cannot tolerate olive oil without having a reaction and must avoid for awhile. These food allergies can come and go over periods of 6 months or so and verified by skin testing. My reactions are usually, fatigue, confusion, for a few hours after eating and sometimes rashes or even depression. I will check this thread once in awhile for anything new, and if I come across any positive news, I will try and post it.
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  • Dear HelpMeFeelBetter: Am so glad you are in Washington D.C. You have a big red flag in your discussion when you say you get sick every time you eat. This means GI or metabolic disorder usually. There is a great metabolic disorder doctor in your town. Make appointment, get records together and go see. Here is name: Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, D.C. (Mark Batshaw, M.D., or Mendel Tuchman, M.D.) Be sure and tell them that every time you eat you become ill. That is the big red flag. There are approximately 41 metabolic disorders. Your complaints fit several buckets. Even though at the Children's Hospital, this is where they are treating adults also at this time. Please, please let me know if you will do this. Even your mental problems can be caused by a metabolic disorder because it affects the central nervous system, brain, and other systems. They are considered multi-organ disorders. One question is how much protein, fat, and carbohydrates to you try to eat in each meal. There are metabolic disorders for each of those areas. Keep me posted!!!!:):):)
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  • Hey there, Finally someone who feels the way I do! was beginning to think it was all in my head!After reading your post I believe that we are completely on the same boat, i mean the sickness, tiredness etc after eating anything at all. like you this has been happening for over 3 years now and I feel it is totally ruining my life. Before I was a bubbly outgoing person, now even though I try to be the same I just feel miserable and even had to give up university last year as my concentration is useless and i always feel uncomfortable! Im currently living on laxatives which is obviously no good for me but other than colonics its the only answer! Even though I know how this puzzling condition makes you feel, dont let it beat you! My advice would be to get out there and try to live life to the best you can as I try to do........well I hope everything goes well and you eventually do find the solution, just dont give up trying, ive just booked another appointment at the doctors and this time im not leaving until I get something done!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 18, 2008
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  • Lauren, living on laxatives is very bad for you. That itself can destroy your metabolism and digestive system. Have any of you been to metabolic specialists. You talk about eating and that getting sick? Food is suppose to be the source of what makes your body work. If the body does not metabolize it correctly then your body is not going to work correctly. If you have been this way most of your life, you can almost bet your booties and a $1000 dollars it is metabolic. Calling it allergies from birth just means the doctors did not look far enough. Look at what they say you are allergic to. Classify the foods into proteins, fats, or carbs -- that can be the big red flag. Many people have been diagnosed for up to 50 years because doctors were trained that either it was discovered at birth or the baby died. Not so. The damage may occur from an infection (viral or bacteria, an accident, stress to the body, or a partial genetic problem). The medical field has only refined the tests in the past 10 years to identify the metabolic root causes. Some can be easily treated by changing your diet and adding a few food supplements. Others are more difficult. In many cases diagnoses like fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue, gluten intolerance, and food allergies are misdiagnoses of a metabolic disorder. Since this is genetic. It can affect more than than one person in the family or just your self. Also because it is within the cell level, it can impact your organs, muscles, brain, CNS including memory and personality. Because it cannot assimilate the food properly it makes you ill when you eat. You may vomit, have headaches, have diarhea, constipation, or colon spasms. You may have a few of the symptoms or all of the symptoms the disorders can give you. On top of it you can have gout, arthritis, arthritis, severe or mild skin problems, etc. I ended up with severe problems. Even then 100 doctors could not identify. There was a group that worked to keep me alive. I have to thank the older previous format of this website that was preboards and such that lead me to the metabolic disorders. When doctors hear all of our complaints they have a tendency to think hypochondriac. I even went to psych to rule that out. Keep trusting your instincts. Keep pushing for answers. Don't just take drugs to treat the symptoms. Find the root cause that is creating the body hells. Good luck.:p
    Abbydoodle 138 Replies
    • August 19, 2008
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  • Same thing happened to me years ago... it was a combo of things...Thyroid condition + adrenal exhaustion (causes anxiety, allergies, low blood sugar and a ton of other things even a heightened sense of smell)In addition to everything I also had a TON of food allergies that seem to pop up overnight.I ended up having panic attacks, anxiety, depression, digestive issues, skin problems..you name it...I had it!!What did I do? Treated the adrenal exhaustion with chinese herbs (under supervision of herbalist, of course), desensitized my body to the allergens using acupuncture and finally saw an endocrinologist to get meds for the thyroid.I hope this helps!
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    • August 21, 2008
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  • What kind of doctor would you seek out to get checked for metabolic disorders? I am sick of being sick!!!!
    TimB2Bad 3 Replies
    • September 26, 2008
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  • Look for a metabolic specialist at a university or such. Where are you located? Can maybe find you some names. Abbydoodle.
    Abbydoodle 138 Replies
    • October 1, 2008
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  • I live in the St. Louis area. Thank you:)
    TimB2Bad 3 Replies
    • October 2, 2008
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  • ask to be tested for H-Pylori. it is a devasting sickness. anything you eat will make you sick. even drinking water can make you sick. you can not function. you cramp, stomach burns. the lack of eating causes memory problems, being tired. it can be tested by blood. you can get it by eating contaminated good. under cooked good. contaminated water. i ate at a food place and was sick after that. my doc wanted to check me for an ulcer becaue of my symptoms which were a lot like yours. we put two and two togther and found out it had to be at an eatery. lets just say it wasnt american food. if it is not, than be thankful. it takes a series of meds to get rid of it and they are awful.
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    • October 2, 2008
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  • Hey Help Me Feel Better, are you still following this thread? I suggest you get tested by Igenex Labs for Babesia. I am thinking that most of your symptoms could fit there very easily. How bad is your out of breath symptom? I know you said you were tested for Lyme Disease, but was that testing at a local lab? And Babesiosis can easily cause stomach problems. It is really worth a try here. Make sure you go to a LLMD -- Lyme Literate Doctor. A regular doctor, even infectious disease doc can miss those diagnosis because of miss information and local lab insensitivity. Let us here from you and how you are doing! Don't give up.
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    • October 3, 2008
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