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Hey guys, need help with possible autoimmune/adrenal/leaky gut/thryoid issue.

by (0) Updated December 26, 2013 at 9:27 PM Created December 23, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Hi guys, my name is Jay and I'm 29 years old. My story of suffering with illness goes back to my earliest memories, with anxiety and panic attacks. Severe emotional trauma at age 16 (my parents' totally unexpected divorce) magnified this issue. It was then compounded and magnified by orders of magnitude after awful experiences on psychedelic mushrooms at age 18, a.k.a. "bad trips."

After this, my health hit rock bottom, as I was entering states of severe anxiety, depression, and reacting to anything and everything I put in my body.

Naturally, I did what I thought was right - I visited psychiatrists. Every single medication yielded the same results: a few days of hypomania, or feeling vibrant and full of energy, followed by a bad, bad crash. (I now know this mostly to be adrenal related crashes.) It was a nightmare, and still can be if my diet slips.

Because of the inability of medications to help, I turned to drinking, and heavily. It was nothing for me to down 6, 8, or even 14 beers in a night. I didn't realize the damage this might cause at my young age, but I sure do now! I suffered from a severe Candida issue (now seemingly under control through diet, probiotics, and elimination of sugar and all alcohol.), and the drinking also heavily taxed my body all around.

One thing that was always very clear during my years of illness was that I would usually feel pretty darn close to a decent mood with decent energy until I ate something. It didn't seem to matter what in the world it was - after I'd eat, I'd crash, and my energy would plummet. This led to more drinking out of frustration, and eventually to opiates.

I've now been clean of opiates for over 1 year, and I no longer drink. But it's obvious that I have some serious leaky gut issues going on, along with adrenal issues, and quite likely thyroid issues as well. I've been eating a strict Paleo diet, as I noticed grains make me exhausted beyond all belief and depressed, including oats. Beans give me anxiety and crying spells. But I also have other sensitivities, too. Eggs/egg whites bring about crushing depression, and I'm now trying to figure out which other foods do as well. I'd like to eat raw salads, but I get horribly exhausted after eating raw veggies as well.

My reaction is interesting in nature, and I'd like to find someone who knows what it might be. I currently can handle sweet potatoes without issue, as well as ground turkey, cooked to a soft texture in coconut oil. Eggs, steamed asparagus, steamed broccoli, bananas, and who knows what else will be added to the list will give me a strange reaction. I'll feel flushing within my body, fall into bad depression and anxiety, my body will feel hot and feverish, and eventually I'll end up in a crying spell. I'm guessing this may be autoimmune, as if my body is seeing certain foods as foreign invaders, attacking healthy tissue, and a mass of stress chemicals are released. I do know that tears are a way that the body releases stress chemicals, and I do feel a bit better after the crying spells, but it's downright scary.

I currently take Ultimate Flora probiotics in the morning, magnesium, 1,000 mg Ester C vitamin C nightly, vitamin D-3 and will soon begin consuming bone broth daily to try and assist my leaky gut issues, if that's what this is.

Sorry for the novel - any help is appreciated!

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0 · December 26, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Oh, and I also must mention that any amount of iodine supplementation will send me flying SKY HIGH with insane anxiety, body tingles, heart palpiations/tachycardia, sweating, etc etc. This includes even small doses of Kelp. Here's a fantastic article I just found on Stopthethyroidmadness.com:

http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/stories-of-others/patricias-story/ These are the exact type of words I need to hear, as they describe my situation perfectly!

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0 · December 26, 2013 at 9:24 PM

Thanks for the replies, Ray. Tyrosine makes me crash (adrenal related, I think), as does licorice root. I already take salt each morning, and these are things that have helped. Your mention of Hashimoto's is something I've been looking into and boy, does it make a LOT of sense. I must also thank you for your mention of free-thiol foods! I'm really seeing improvement in my depression since staying away from them! I am, however, still having bouts of bad exhaustion. I've been extremely tired ALL day long today and haven't gotten anything done =( But at least my mood is decent =)

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0 · December 24, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Hmm...sorry for that weird looking double post. Not sure what happened there :/

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0 · December 24, 2013 at 4:50 AM

Thanks for the reply, ray! Your mention of foods high in free thiols is highly interesting. I found this website listing foods with and without, and I gotta say it lines up pretty darn well with my reactions:

http://www.livingnetwork.co.za/chelationnetwork/food/high-sulfur-sulphur-food-list/ I've tried L-Glutamine in the past...it caused horrific anxiety for me for whatever reason. (I am somewhere on the Asperger's spectrum; perhaps this is involved.) As for my belief that I have adrenal/thyroid issues, I crash after exercise which I must keep to a minimum, I can fall into states of extreme exhaustion at times, my body temperature seems to fluctuate from hot to cold as noticed in my extremities, I've always suffered from air hunger, etc. No thinning of hair or of eyebrows. My wife is going to help me give the GAPS introduction a try, and I'll begin consuming bone broth multiple times daily. Thanks so much for the help =)

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Thanks for the reply, ray! Your mention of foods high in free thiols is highly interesting. I found this website listing foods with and without, and I gotta say it lines up pretty darn well with my reactions:

http://www.livingnetwork.co.za/chelationnetwork/food/high-sulfur-sulphur-food-list/ I've tried L-Glutamine in the past...it caused horrific anxiety for me for whatever reason. (I am somewhere on the Asperger's spectrum; perhaps this is involved.) As for my belief that I have adrenal/thyroid issues, I crash after exercise which I must keep to a minimum, I can fall into states of extreme exhaustion at times, my body temperature seems to fluctuate from hot to cold as noticed in my extremities, etc. No thinning of hair or of eyebrows. My wife is going to help me give the GAPS introduction a try, and I'll begin consuming bone broth multiple times daily. Thanks so much for the help =)

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16858 · December 23, 2013 at 11:08 PM

You'll want the D3 in the morning. C you'll want to split up and take 2x-3x a day since we don't store it well, magnesium should be taken at night. Something about that list: eggs, broccoli, asparagus, bananas says to me sulfur/thiol intolerance. Might be something to look into.

http://www.bionatures.com/foods-high-in-sulfur/ mentions a lot of these on your list too. There was a recent question here about thyols, might want to seek that out.

Bone broth will help leaky gut, but get about 4000-5000mg of L-Glutamine a day - preferably as a powder.

What things make you believe you have adrenal/thyroid issues? Do you have issues sleeping/staying awake, groggy in the morning, rapid heart beat, cold hands/feet or general cold/heat intolerance, thinning hair or outer 3rd of eyebrows?

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