March 6, 2015 at 2:30 pm #6220
So here’s my story (bullet points below):
I’m currently 24 years old, 170 lbs and muscularly built (i’m also a male). During high school I weighed around 220 lbs (opposite of muscular) and so decided that exercise and eating well below what my body required was the way to go. I lost over 70 pounds within a six-month period by exercising 3-6 hours a day and not eating. By the end of it I was in miserable shape, woke up only to fall to the ground panting with my eyes open yet all i could see was black for a few minutes. I became a shut-in that couldn’t do a thing other than go to his high school (then college) classes and force himself to exercise.
Before this period I was completely normal and healthy, no bowel problems and no Raynauds symptoms. After this period I began to have diarrhea bowel movements every few hours do the fact that I only ate fruit and cereal. I also began experiencing decreased body temperatures which I associated with low body fat but soon after realized that this cold temperature was only in my hands, feet and face. My hands would turn white and become unusable.
I eventually realized my mistakes and began to reverse what i had done by tracking all of my macronutrients and eating exactly what my body required. I supplemented with multivitamins during this time as well. Shortly after gaining some weight and looking like a normal person (not anorexic) all of my nutrition deficiency symptoms such as fatigue and the like went away. The only things that have stayed with me till this day are the IBS-D (half of my bowel movements are D and i’m always gassy/bloated) and consistent raynauds attacks that have gotten progressively worse.
Timeline Bullet points:
– Age 16: normal bowel movements and raynauds symptoms; started exercising/not eating which lead to losing ~70 lbs within a six month period.
– Age 17-22: suffered greatly from nutrition deficiencies which lead to IBS-D and raynauds attacks.
– Age 23-now: eat normally/supplement with multivitamins/exercise regularly yet IBS-D (not as severe but at least 1 or 2 D BMs per day) and raynauds attacks persist (raynauds has gotten progressively worse — I’m cold literally all the time).
I’ve received multiple blood tests that have all come out negative, I have absolutely no autoimmune diseases, and my last stool sample came out negative for parasites. SInce my physicians haven’t figured anything out I myself have theorized that I’ve somehow damaged my gastrointestinal system (maybe formed ulcers, etc) and that this, somehow, is related to my “primary” Raynauds attacks.
I would really appreciate any sort of feedback on what I should do next. Any advice on what tests (nutrition deficiencies, GI tract exams, etc) or just simply what I should do next to avoid living the rest of my life with regret. I’ve lost countless friendships and suffered greatly during school even though I graduated with an impressive undergraduate GPA.
The only positive thing that has come out of this is my dedication to my body (I weight lift 5-6 days a week and have an outstanding physique (not trying to brag so much as portray my identity); my dedication to nutrition and exercise will eventually lead me to enter graduate school that involves those aspects but before I could do that I would like to “fix” this ongoing intrusion in my life.March 11, 2015 at 7:48 am #6245
Thank you for posting and telling your story. I was impressed with your detailed post. I hope you find a treatment that helps.May 6, 2015 at 9:52 pm #6474
Legit!!!!!!!! I have horrible GERD/Acid Reflux
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