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ahrat wrote:Okay, I did go through and finish reading the book, but didn't find much information pertaining to my troubles, other than that I should see a doctor. Since I'm in Germany now, I think I'll make an appointment with a good naturopathic doctor, who might be of more help than the two doctors I've been to in NY (go ahead, takes laxatives every day and make your problems worse
I've already ruled out certain foods possibly causing my problems. I am very sensitive to gluten containing grains & oats, both of which cause me to break out in cysts on my chest/face/scalp/back. I did do a 6 month long experiment eating 240g (3 cups dry) oats per day and found that my constipation is dependent on some strange out-of-this-world cycle, not even sensitivities. I've done the same testing out mono-diets (banana, potato, rice, beans) for 1-2 weeks at a time with no improvement.
There was one thing I did try during a 1 week period that did relieve the constipation, and that was eating every other day, which probably somehow shocked my intestines into normal peristalsis, but it's not even possible to maintain.
So let's see what a different doctor says.
ahrat wrote:Just an update:
I never thought b12 could be an issue with myself, as I was intermittently eating animal products the first year or two after the diet change, but some of my symptoms really seemed to point to b12 deficiency(I've never had b12 levels checked, coincidentally). The past two years I had started to sometimes unexpectedly lose balance while walking barefoot, developed a numb patch on my right thigh, often was getting numb outer fingers and numb toes, rapid mood change and depression with no cause, lethargy and constipation that kept getting worse.
I ended up buying 1,000 mcg tablets of methylcobalamin and started taking 2,000 mcg per day since last Tuesday. Anyway, the past week I've had at least 2 bowel movements per day, and gut transit is between 15-20 hours versus 48-96 the past 3 years. I haven't had a week of normal bowel movements since I was 8 or 9 years old.
Last night I had beeturia for the first time in my life (1 hour after eating 300g raw beets), though I do eat raw beets at least a couple times per month. I did do a little searching and found that some 45% of people with pernicious anemia have beeturia during treatment with b12, due to augmented iron absorption (http://www.bmj.com/content/2/5363/971.full.pdf).
It's still too early to be 100% sure this isn't only some coincidental magical resolution of my problems, but I'm quite happy nonetheless, and will post another update after some 7-21 days (hopefully not disappointed).
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