Flourishing with good health in April 2013, I embarked on a three month ketosis stint that destroyed my health for the sake of a few pounds. As I toyed with Dr. Atkins' 20g 'Induction' phase and chose to fully commit to the regime, I saw my life dissolve into the existence of a lifeless zombie, frantically attempting to reverse the damage with extensive internet research and seemingly endless forum asking.
During the third day of induction there was a neurological event in my body, where my left limbs went weak and numb. I suspected electrolyte depletion so I increased mineral consumption yet never fully recovered. My brain function also shifted, a shorter attention span and short term memory. I committed as I was being reassured by forum members that it was a period of 'fat-adaptation' and I would start feeling good soon.
I never felt 'good' again. Nine months after quitting low carb, I had only partially recovered. Here I am 17 months later, struggling to even think. Struggling trying to remember what I did yesterday, in a state of confusion as my degraded brain can't process my environment. Even struggling to comprehend a page of a book without suddenly being distracted and reflecting on trivial, petty issues in my life. My mystery 'condition' has become so debilitating that I have even contemplated suicide, as I can't grasp the concept of 'ambition' or 'enthusiasm' to even have any.
My academic performance has declined so drastically that even simple concepts and topics have become so complexed and overwhelming I virtually zone out and disengage.
Excuse the repetitive nature of my threads but I would really appreciate some opinions on my symptoms;
Brain fog. Poor comprehension of surrounding environment, inattentive, lacking basic perception and exhaustion
Reactive hypogylcemia to all foods in all quantities and nutrients, particularly in the morning. I have not tested my blood Sugar
but the symptoms do mimic of a person with low blood sugar
Daily head pressure. Not a migraine or headache, but heavy pressure on the top of my skull, sometimes so bad that I can't move my head
Shortened attention span and poor memory
Poor libido and erectile dysfunction
Stress response to exercise, worsening symptoms of fatigue and making my condition more debilitating.
A tendency to rapidly gain fat around my abdominal area and hips
The inability to express or engage in emotions and general emotional detachment
Anxiety and stress easily triggered by trivial or petty issues. I guess the inability to cope with even moderate, every day stress overall
Body temperature fluctuation
I attempted supplementing with a dessicated thyroid supplement, to only have my sex drive even lowered and brain fog intensify, as well as the return of my neurological symptoms. I was also recently prescribed Levothyroxine by a doctor, a small dose of 25mcg. I reacted even more severely to the dose, with my neurological symptoms returning as well as shortness of breath, frequent urination, head pressure and intense brain fog.
Dietary changes have not affected or improved my symptoms whatsoever, from Peat to raw veganism. Low calorie or high, and macro-nutrient tweaks. I avoid polyunsaturated fats and eat whole foods with all the essential nutrients.
I have visited several general physicians without any success, with my symptoms mostly dismissed as 'psychological'. An endocrinologist visit left me feeling helpless, after my symptoms were yet again dismissed as psychological or somatic. The endo reassured me that I had 'no hormonal issues'. Several holistic practitioners have also not been useful, even with the prescription of concocted herbs and strange approaches to health and well-being.
Blood tests are normal. I had a full thyroid panel done in June -
THYROID PROFILE 2
TOTAL THYROXINE(T4) 69 nmol/L 59 - 154
THYROID STIMULATING HORMONE 2.87 mIU/L 0.27 - 4.2
FREE THYROXINE 13.8 pmol/l 12.0 - 22.0
FREE T3 6.0 pmol/L 3.5 - 7.7
Thyroglobulin Antibody 11.2 IU/mL 0-115(Negative)
Method used for Anti-Tg: Roche Modular
Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies 5.0 IU/mL 0 - 34
I'm a 23 year old male. 180 lbs, 5'9.