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        09-14-2013, 04:35 PM
      #121
    Teen Forum Moderator
    I'm not sure; I'd have to ask. Likely low though...doesn't potassium help with bruising/muscle cramping? I bruise so easily that its not even funny xD
         
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        09-20-2013, 03:17 PM
      #122
    Green Broke
    Yes, potassium does help with muscle cramping. If you frequently get Charlie Horses, it's either a sign of dehydration and/or a potassium deficiency. I was just using that as an example.

    What potassium does is help with the electrical stimulation between your muscle and you brain. Essentially, it ensures healthy neurons. If there is a bad neuron connection it can cause muscle cramping and spasm (which are Charlie Horses).

    Not saying you were having Charlie Horses or anything but in a nutshell that's what potassium does. In the link below from WebMD it states that people with health disorders that affect the digestive system (such as Crohn's disease) are more prone to potassium deficiencies.

    Potassium Supplements: Benefits, Potassium Deficiency, Dosage, and More

    By the way, how did that gluten free diet go?
         
        09-20-2013, 03:24 PM
      #123
    Green Broke
    Endiku, did something big happen just before you started high school? I'm looked back at the beginning of this thread and you said that you were fine until you started high school?

    Is there anything that you can think of that may have triggered all of this? And did it happen suddenly or gradually?

    Aside from that, maybe you've been overdosing on some vitamins. Although I don't know why you wouldn't be having worse side-effects if you had been overdosing since starting high school. Acute hypervitaminosis A, is what I'm thinking of. Except for the hair loss, you don't seem to have the symptoms of Chronic hypervitaminosis A.
         
        09-20-2013, 03:58 PM
      #124
    Teen Forum Moderator
    Yep, it all started right when I went into high school...pretty suddenly, too. It wasn't a one day I was perfect, the next day ALL of the symptoms were there, but they all started coming on very fast...within a few weeks of each other. The hair/eyelash loss is the only real 'new' thing, everything else has been happening since then with varied severity.

    I really can't think of anything hugely significant that happened though. I've lived in this area since I was 6 or so, my diet didn't change, and I didn't go through any huge trauma or anything. I think I started puberty at the end of my 8th grade year though...maybe that has something to do with it?

    If I am overdosing on a vitamin, I'm not sure where I'm getting it. At the moment I'm not even taking a daily vitamin. I WAS taking a very large amount of magnesium and riboflavin as a last ditch effort to control my migraines, but that only lasted from about March of this year until May when I quit because it wasn't helping the migraines at it was only causing other weird symptoms that indicated overdose of those particular vitamins.

    I guess one good thing right now is that the cholestromine(sp?) suspension I'm taking right now is helping me with my appetite and decreasing the diahhrea, but if I take too much/too little of it, I vomit- and I have to take it at a certain time between the times I take my other pills for it to be affective. Kind of annoying since I have to take it 4 times a day, but at least its helping a little. I've put a little weight back on in the past few weeks :)
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        09-20-2013, 08:33 PM
      #125
    Green Broke
    You don't have to be taking a vitamin supplement. Americans consume so much food that contains large quantities of Vitamin A. In America, Vitamin A deficiencies are almost nonexistent, in fact, it's more common for an American to get an overdosage of Vitamin A.

    Puberty might have triggered it. I'm not sure why though. Maybe the sudden influx of extra hormones? And congrats on the weight gain!
         
        09-20-2013, 09:31 PM
      #126
    Yearling
    Endiku and I have some similar symptoms, although I think her's a more severe than mine.

    I also have migranes, tons of GI issues, joint pain, heart palpitations and lots of other things.

    Endiku, I just wanted to share with you what my gastroenterologist has said. They took out my gallbladder on July 11th this year, and I'm still having lots of abdominal pain and nausea. It feels like I've been kicked in the stomach. So she ordered a blood panel to check pretty much every organ in my upper abdomen (pancreas, appendix, spleen I think..) And an abdominal CT scan to check everything they couldn't check with my upper and lower scope. Have they done anything similar for you? Maybe it's something to look into. I'm also having pretty good success with Topamax at the moment for migranes, although it could be luck.
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        09-20-2013, 09:37 PM
      #127
    Yearling
    Endiku and I have some similar symptoms, although I think her's a more severe than mine.

    I also have migranes, tons of GI issues, joint pain, heart palpitations and lots of other things.

    Endiku, I just wanted to share with you what my gastroenterologist has said. They took out my gallbladder on July 11th this year, and I'm still having lots of abdominal pain and nausea. It feels like I've been kicked in the stomach. So she ordered a blood panel to check pretty much every organ in my upper abdomen (pancreas, appendix, spleen I think..) And an abdominal CT scan to check everything they couldn't check with my upper and lower scope. Have they done anything similar for you? Maybe it's something to look into. I'm also having pretty good success with Topamax at the moment for migranes, although it could be luck.
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        09-21-2013, 09:59 AM
      #128
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    ^ and even weirder, LMDB is the same general age as me, in the same general location (ish...). Neither of us have had a good answer given to us by our doctors. Strange much?

    Ugh, I feel you Loves. They told me the GB surgery would be nothing, but it took me weeks to feel better. I didn't ride for 10 weeks after that surgery, and even then it hurt like crazy. Rebuilding all of that muscle that gets stretched/torn is torture.

    I had a GI tract CT scan back before my gallbladder came out, a HYDA scan, a barium test, and an ultrasound done on all of my major organs and they said they looked fine. I have blood panels done, I kid you not, at least once every 6 weeks or so just to see if they can catch something off. So far the only thing that has ever come back off was a slightly low white blood cell count (nothing huge though, and it righted itself the next time they checked), high cholesterol, and the iron deficiency.

    Did they find anything alarming with you? Also, have you noticed any changes in what you can eat (good or bad) since your surgery? I realize it hasn't been long but this was the same time frame in which I started having all of those weirds 'intolerances' to different foods.

    Tempest- I didn't think about that. Is there a way to check for an excess amount of vitamin A? I'm assuming blood work? (Good thing I'm not afraid of needles...LOL)
         
        09-21-2013, 10:36 AM
      #129
    Trained
    Endiku & Loves -- I wonder if it would benefit both of you for your doctors to exchange files/info/experiences.
         
        09-21-2013, 10:38 AM
      #130
    Yearling
    I've always been allergic to most fruit and pears were always one I could eat. Well I've apparently developed an allergy to that when I was fine before. Maybe the gallbladder? I'm not sure. I can't eat Subway's Italian Herb And Cheese bread anymore because it makes me sick, along with the majority of fast food now. So I have had a few changes in what I can eat.

    As far as bloodwork, they haven't done the most recent panel I was talking about yet but in the past I've had high DHEA (type of testosterone) and I've also had high cholesterol like you. Oh and low vitamin C.
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