So, I've been a long time reader of paleohacks, but this is my first question, and I've got a long backstory, apologies in advance...
I developed stomach problems in college after a bout with a parasite (dientamoeba I think) and plenty of drinking. After I graduated my brother (a doc) suggested I try prilosec OTC, which helped A LOT. So I stayed on it for about 3 years, and the heartburn started to slowly come back, until one day I had a bout of light headedness, cold sweat, and what seemed like heart palpitations so I went to the ER but they found nothing, and the ER doc suspected esophagitis.
So I got an endoscopy, everything looked good, GI suggested doubling prilosec dosage to 40 mg, which I did for a about week but felt gross so I went back down to 20 mg. Then a friend suggested the paleo diet, which helped enormously. I also learned I was Vitamin D deficient (21 ng/ml), and went on 3k IU for six months and got my levels up (34 ng/ml), after which I quit cold turkey cause I was getting bad muscle twitches all over and magnesium supplements weren't helping, plus I don't seem to tolerate mag supplements well (I was using natural calm).
That was about 2 years ago, and I've been off of prilosec for just about that whole time. I've yo-yo'ed on the diet for the last few years, and had several bouts of heartburn, including another bout of burning with light headedness and cold sweat this last summer, after which I quit all alcohol and caffeine for good (although I don't drink that much anymore anyway). I went to see a cardiologist and got a halter monitor and did a stress echo test, everything fine. But I also did a tilt table test which was positive (passed out after fifteen minutes), which the doc told me was neurocardiogenic syncope (although I've never passed out in a real life situation before, so I was skeptical and thought I might just be dehydrated).
Anyway, here's the question: the heartburn has been getting better since the summer going back on a strict paleo diet, but over the last two months I've developed very minor dizziness, the twitching has come back (like fireworks going off all over my calves), and I've got some minor pain / tingling / burning / numbness in my left hand and foot and around my left eye. I'm seeing a neurologist next week, but I'm also wondering if anyone has any ideas about GERD being related to peripheral neuropathy? I'm also somewhat concerned about any possible vitamin / mineral deficiencies since being due to either the prilosec from a few years back, or a VLC diet (like thiamine)? I'm thinking I'm going to try thiamine, magnesium glycinate, and increase overall veggies and fish oil, and I'm praying I don't have MS.
Any thoughts or ideas would be very appreciated. Thanks!