hello everyone. not sure where to begin, but i'll do my best to be succinct and relevant. i've been going downhill steadily for the last 2 1/2 years. I am desperately looking for direction and help; any possibilities or suggestions are greatly appreciated.
the short story:
- extreme thirst/cravings for specific nutrients (potassium, sodium,
magnesium, calcium, sugar, vitamin c, omega oils)
- brain fog
- excessive hunger and thirst
- gastrointestinal upset (prolonged belching spells, periodic diarrhea)
- shortness of breath upon light exertion
- difficulty concentrating or performing any mentally-demanding tasks
- full-body weakness
- i have been to several different doctors ranging from GP’s, nephrologists, gastroenterologists, and endocrinologists with very little to show for.
the long story:
i'm going to focus mainly on my more recent and extreme symptoms as they are very odd and i feel that they could provide the biggest clues as to what might be going on.
my most recent set of symptoms (for the last 12 months) deals with wild thirst/cravings for several nutrients: potassium, sodium, vitamin c, calcium, magnesium, sugar, omega oils, and others that i am unable to pinpoint. these cravings are strong enough and loud enough to cause my lips to dry up, turn pale and eventually crack and bleed if i dont quench the thirst. my tongue and throat take on the texture and feel of rubber when i am experiencing this. depending on the type and severity of the thirst, my body is very aversive to water--my taste buds reject it, my stomach tells me it is too full to take in any water.
I have my arsenal of foods and supplements that i carry with me everywhere i go to deal with each craving: potassium chloride, table salt, blackstrap molasses (magnesium), milk (calcium), kiwi/strawberries (vitamin c), ground flaxseed (omega oils), lentils (unknown nutrient). needless to say, it is quite a hassle to make sure i always have my grab-bag fully stocked to get through a day at work or out and about. if i try to ignore the cravings, they only get stronger and i subsequently feel worse physically and mentally until i satisfy the craving (brain fog, fatigue, irritability, bloating). I can go to bed with a strong craving for calcium and wake up desperate for a glass of milk in the middle of the night or first thing in the morning; in other words, i've given my body time to see if the craving will pass or if something else can substitute, with no success. I need to satisfy these cravings to make it through a day at work or perform day-to-day tasks; when i try to ignore the cravings i am physically and mentally of no use as i feel so awful.
the purpose or function of the cravings seems linked to my GI tract. Very often when i begin to satisfy a craving my stomach begins to rumble and i can feel my intestinal tract moving and churning... subsequent to this i often feel a very noticeable lift in my physical and mental state. Sometimes satisfying a craving will lead to a bowel movement which varies greatly from solid and well-formed, to watery diarrhea, to my personal favorite: acidic burning diarrhea from the bowels of ***l that leaves me in severe pain for several minutes afterwards. other times immediately upon drinking/eating what i am craving i begin belching profusely for sometimes 10-20 minutes straight, this will relieve some bloating. every day the cycle continuously and randomly alternates between cravings, with occasional periods of feeling satiated and/or being thirsty for just plain water.
I have been to several doctors, with not much in terms of results (high cholesterol, high blood pressure, low vitamin d). I have seen a gastroenterologist and been tested for a handful of things including celiac disease (All antibodies came back negative except for “Gliadin IgG Antibodies” at 28.6); i also had a colonoscopy and was given a 2 week course of antibiotics for possibe SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth). I have tried a gluten free diet for 6 months and did not notice any improvement in my symptoms. I have also seen a nephrologist to have my kidney function checked, again everything came back fine. I am pretty much at my wit’s end as to what is going on or how to get back in good health.
Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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