• over 1 year ago

    Mystery illness: extreme brain fog and digestive problems after eating anything!

    I am throwing myself to the mercy of the internet. For over 16 months I have been suffering from a mysterious illness. I am a 30 year old male. I exercise regularly. I am an extremely healthy and clean eater.

    Facts:

    -about an hour after eating anything I experience DEBILITATING brain fog. It's hard to think straight. I feel confused at times. I'm irritable. I don't feel like myself. I feel intoxicated or extremely high, but in a very bad way. I need to reiterate: this is not minor...this is life-stalling. And I experience it every day...4 to 5 times a day. An hour after I eat.
    -my symptoms usually go away in an hour or two
    -this brain fog is often accompanies by other symptoms, but these will often cycle in and out depending on the week (stomach discomfort, non-stop burping, indigestion, bloating, flatulence, acid reflux)
    -I never had any digestive troubles or food allergies leading up to this
    -This literally happened over night. One day I was fine. The next day...all of this. 16 months later. He we are. I have been suffering in isolation with this as no one knows what is wrong!
    -A few times now I've done a 2 day water fast. This makes me feel great! Symptom free! I'm tired, and hungry obviously, but fasting is the ONLY thing I've discovered that let's me temporarily live a normal life

    Doctors:

    -I've seen every doctor that I've could. Almost 20.
    -blood work is normal
    -endoscopy was normal
    -tested negative for celiac and lactose intolerance
    -barium swallow was normal
    -Doctor's keep saying "sorry, we don't know what's wrong with you. You seem extremely healthy"
    -dietitian has no idea
    -stool samples didn't show anything out of the ordinary
    -negative breath test for methane and hydrogen producing SIBO


    Things I've tried:

    -paleo diet
    -gluten free
    -dairy free
    -vegetarian
    -no sugar
    -low FODMAP
    -2 day water fasting

    This is ruining my life. I need help. Please. Someone help me. It's like I'm having an allergic reaction to everything!

    The only other thing worth mentioning is this. In the month leading up to Day 1 of my symptoms, I was extremely low carb, and eating a lot of egg whites. I was also quite stressed out at the time. I have since moved back to a normal healthy, balanced, and clean diet - and I have eliminated a lot of stressors from my life. But the symptoms remain. Every time I eat...they show up and hour later. And then go away 1-2 hours after that.

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