(or, What in Clapton's name is wrong with me!?)
Okay. First of all, I've been on paleo (fairly strict, but not 100%) for about a month now. From when I started to now I've noticed a number of ailments, ranging from nagging to severe, that have plagued me for years dissipating, including (but not limited to)
- hypoglycemic symptoms like feeling faint when I stand up if I haven't eaten in a few hours
- chronically low energy levels
- crappy sleep
- chest/back acne
- persistent bloatedness
- severe gastrointestinal distress
- PMS (granted, I've only had the chance to test this one out once, but still)
- breakouts of the red, inflamed type on face
- mood swings
- and the kicker: anxiety attacks.
Based on the elimination of all these 'symptoms' alone, I can say right now that paleo is AWESOME. HOWEVER, since starting paleo a month ago, I have been experiencing low-level cold symptoms. Yes, for a month! Things like post-nasal drip, both productive and non-productive coughing, wheezing.. the lot. At the onset I saw my doctor who prescribed a round of antibiotics, which pretty much did nothing to alleviate my symptoms. They continued mildly and were bearable (though puzzling) until this past Saturday, when I developed a full-blown cold, complete with fatigue, headaches and chest pains. As a result, I saw my doctor again, who ordered blood tests and a chest x-ray and prescribed antibiotics, which he intructed me to hold off on taking until the results of my tests came back. Today, they did. Everything normal. No bronchitis, no pneumonia, no.. whatever else they were looking for in the blood tests (to be specific: CBC, BMP, IgE and Sedimentation Rate).
I can't figure out what the heck is wrong with me. I have suffered from both allergies and asthma in the past, but these aren't like my normal allergy symptoms (itchiness in the mucous membranes, mainly) and I really haven't had a problem with my asthma since I was a little girl--and anyway, isn't paleo supposed to reduce systemic inflammation, of which these conditions are a result?
For a little extra info: I don't do very-low-carb, but I keep my carbs under 200g a day. I supplement with a men's multivitamin (I don't need extra iron), a magnesium supp, and vitamin C powders (I intake about 500% of the RDA of C). One thing I might be deficient in is D3 (even though i live in Az) because I don't get out in the sun much and I don't supplement it, but it's hard for me to imagine that all my symptoms could be caused by D3 deficiency. I drink plenty of water and keep my fat saturated most of the time. My diet has very much improved since my SAD days, but I used to almost never get sick, and even when I did my symptoms would last a few days, not weeks!
So: immune deficiency? Food allergy? Imminent death!?!
Basically, I'm looking for some relief, and who better to turn to than PH-ers? I'll gladly answer any questions you may have! Please help me before I abandon this completely and go LFRV. ;p