In the last year, I’ve tried to avoid over-analyzing all the random symptoms I have, and just focused on diet/lifestyle/exercise/sleep. But in the last week I developed really strong heartburn, to the point where I felt chest pressure and felt that interfered with breathing. It’s bothersome enough that I have to see a doctor about it.
I’ll probably see some kind of GI specialist, but because I have strange constellation of issues, I suspect they’ll just me a PPI/H2 inhibitor and show me the door. If anyone here could point me towards some tests I should ask for, or a possible theory of what’s going on, that would be huge for me.
- Until the heartburn started, I never “felt” my stomach. I could eat a pile of garbage and have no sensation. Perhaps I’ve always had heartburn, but only now I’ve improved enough to feel it?
- Takes me a long time to feel hunger, if I feel it at all. I also don’t really feel satiety. (Similar to this post)
- Recent stool tests show no parasites, no SIBO, no inflammation, but it did show malabsorption of fats and carbs.
- Large, pale stools with undigested particles. I’ve also noticed fat in stools.
- After eating, I feel cold instead of nourished. (I used to feel brainfogged after eating, but that’s gotten better).
- Hard to gain weight – if I’m not careful, I gradually just lose weight over time.
- Globus sensation – a feeling of muscle tightness and discomfort in the throat.
- I get hoarse quickly, it’s hard to raise and project my voice.
- Chronic sinusitis / always stuffy nose for about two years now.
High calorie, very little gluten and diary (if at all), no processed food or added sugars. In a typical day, I would eat
- Breakfast: Chia pudding/oatmeal mix with berries and nuts
- Lunch: 4-5 scrambled eggs with frozen vegetables
- Afternoon: Avocado/banana/spinach smoothie with BCAAs or hemp protein and l-glutamine.
- Typical dinner: Oven-baked salmon with rice, broccoli, green beans, kimchi, sweet potatoes, carrots
I’m not asking anyone to play doctor, but I know that some of you have dealt with GI issues, so I’m hoping to tap into some of that knowledge.