Ok, so I´ve had some tests done by my MD. She´s not worried about any of the results but we know I´m not well, so any insights are helpful. I´m female, 34 years old and overweight with a history of sugar addiction. I´ve been eating lowish carb paleo for over six months and I´m so so tired and I haven´t lost any of my excess weight.
Any insights appreciated!
EDITED to add: I have several food intollerances (dairy, gluten, eggs, soy...) and am recovering from a lifetime of sugar addiction. For the last six months I´ve been sugar free and eating three balanced lowish carb paleo meals + 1 snack a day. I do yoga and walk everywhere, I also meditate. Even though it hasn´t been great before the fatique has been a major issue for the last three months or so.
Despite the reports of food intolerances, I don't think this looks autoimmune. For one thing, the ESR is totally normal, the CRP is only moderately elevated, and most of the white blood fractions are normal. Hashimoto's is exceedingly unlikely -- the TSH would be high.
Let's do an inventory of the parameters that look off:
CRP: This is slightly elevated. This could be the result of an infection, or subtle inflammation, which could have any number of causes. Do you have joint pain?
Hb: By the book, this is "normal", but nobody would ever say a man with this Hb is normal. Personally, I think the reference range for Hb is set too low -- remember, these reference ranges are determined from a population distribution. Some people feel fine with an Hb this low, but you obviously don't, so we shouldn't ignore this. Your ferritin level is slightly higher than one typically sees in a woman, but since you have indications of inflammation, it is likely elevated and probably doesn't accurately reflect your iron status. One would need to do another test to differentiate. Because your Hb isn't spectacular and you feel rotten, I'd want to see those tests done. Ask for serum iron, total transferrin or total iron binding capacity and a repeat ferritin.
leukocytes: Your total white blood cell count is actually elevated: you are showing signs of an infection, so it's not surprising you feel lousy.
thrombocytes: Your platelet count (thrombocytes) is inching up. The reference range on this varies wildly -- some labs set it at 450. Another indicator of inflammation. Another thing that can trigger thrombocytosis is iron deficiency anemia (it's funny how that keeps coming up).
mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration (MCHC): yet another indicator that all is not right with your blood. It's just outside the reference range, but you are showing signs of infection or inflammation, so I wouldn't ignore this, either. This value is calculated from your hematocrit and the Hb.
Despite the apparently "normal" red blood cell count: this hints at anemia caused by inflammation.
Things I'd want to see:
Good thing you're more discerning than your MD. You seeem to have inflammation issues: high CRP and SR. Also, high normal Ferritin, higher than ideal BG, and low overall WBCs. I'd get tested for autoimmune diseases: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hashimoto's.
I'd just go straight to a rheumatologist or endocrinologist and ask for antibody tests for autoimmune diseases. That CRP elevation is the most serious one. If you retest and it's still that high, you need to track down where your inflammation is coming from. Also, rule out prediabetes/diabetes with HbA1c.
If you have health concerns and are unhappy with your current treatment, please go see another doctor for a second opinion.
This board is well meaning and some people who are members are actually MD's, BUT PLEASE GO TO ANOTHER DOCTOR.
That being said, your goal is weight loss. If you had been running a calorie deficit for over 6 months, you would have fat loss. I would start there. Consider that increased activity levels may haved increase lean mass. Have you gone down in clothing sizes?
As far as feeling sluggish, low carb diets and eating at maintenance levels can lead you to feeling sluggish. Compare your total calorie intake to calorie expenditure and consider adding more carbs for energy.
Thank you everyone for your input! I had some more tests done but they´re not making us any wiser. I am getting a second opinion from another MD but maybe you guys have more ideas?
I also tested negative for lyme disease and reumathiod arthritis.
Thanks again for all your insights!
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