Originally Posted by silva
I can sympathize with doing your own research when doctors don't seem to help, but researching symptoms can be extremely dangerous.
I have learned to never respond to posts about diet and symptoms without looking to previous posts-like this thread-
Even when symptoms aren't just psychosomatic, it's easy to overlook the effects our mind plays on our bodies.
Have you kept a complete
diary of your diet, including times of foods eaten?
Your symptoms as they appear throughout the day and night?
Your exposure to chemicals and smells?
You allude to high potassium levels, which most doctors would not think to assume in most diets, but in your posts on the thread I linked to you say you totally avoid salt. Does your doctor know this? Salt and postassium work against each other, the usual diet contains too much salt to make even the biggest bean eater concern. Most veg'n diets are higher in potassium than meat eaters, esp in the beans, grains, and pulses
You said you had tests done? What did that show?
Please be sure your doctor knows everything, including your past ED and water fasting
Based on her other thread, and from my own experience, it doesn't seem to me like she is over her eating disorder and has her diet sorted out. I had many of these symptoms when I was starving myself (and I am not talking about eating only a few hundred calories a day, I am talking about 1000-1200 calories per day for prolonged periods). Though some people have been successful living on greens and raw fruits with occasional avocados or nuts, I think it takes a lot of diligence and knowledge to live this lifestyle and get your needs met. I am skeptical if someone has a history of an eating disorder that they would be able to handle the volume of food it takes to make this style of eating work.
Also, no matter what weight you are at, it is not uncommon to lose the ability to menstruate after prolonged dieting and/or eating disorder. I didn't have that experience only because my eating disorder came AFTER I lost my uterus and ovaries and was already in surgical menopause. But I can tell you that I had numerous symptoms with surgical menopause that one might not think is a part of that (and this can apply to someone who lost their period or it is irratic and they are not ovulating)...hair falling out, exhaustion, mood swings, nausea, dry skin. When I was restricting really hard, I had strange eruptions on my skin, sort of like a rash but raised bumps, but no itching. I was told I had a niacin deficiency after some tests. I went to many many doctors, naturopathic ones included, for three years before figuring out how to balance my hormones with a hormone replacement my body would absorb correctly, and it made a HUGE difference in how I felt. Also, periods of restriction can lead to thyroid problems which can cause exhaustion and hair loss. Something to have checked if you haven't already.
Personally if I was experiencing everything you are, I would be more flexible with my diet to include some cooked foods, grains, beans, etc. Start with the very basics that you DO have control over. Continuing to cut out and focus on foods as the cause of your problems is only going to make matters worse.
I never had a good experience with a naturopathic doctor or a quack chiropractor I went to years ago who was into alternative medicine (idiot cracked my back without asking me first when I had severe osteoporosis, and I walked out the door right after that, in tears and pain, and refuse to ever go back to one). Many of the tests they do are not evidence based, and the disorders they tend to diagnose one with are vague problems like "candida overgrowth" or "adrenal fatigue". I was diagnosed with all those. My candida overgrowth was in fact not a system overgrowth but vaginal yeast infections due to sudden surgical menopause and severe lack of my natural hormones (which any idiot should have figured out). They stopped when I found an HRT my body would absorb enough. And I went to a family practice doctor who was open and willing to look at me as a whole person and test my hormone levels (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone) due to being in surgical menopause and having so many hormonal issues). And my young body was SCREAMING for hormones. The naturopathic doctor had me eating nothing but fresh meat and about three or four nonstarchy no sugar vegetables every day to "starve" out the yeast. This was in 2006 long before I was vegan (though the chiropractor I went to was when I was vegan and he kept trying to push fish oil at me and insisting my vegan "diet" would kill me). It was the start and trigger of an eight year battle with an eating disorder. And I never felt worse in my life than I did on that extreme low carb diet. Ugh. I also had to take all kinds of weird expensive supplements that did nothing but make me sicker (like oil of oregano for example...worthless).