Hi, it sounds like some nasty protozoa or parasite. Doing antibiotics may give relief if the dysbiosis includes bacteria and yeast, which is invariably the case when we test folks like this with the GI-MAP stool test. But long term it won't solve the problem. I don't think doing too many things other than figuring out what the pathogen is and working to remove it gently would help much long term. Worse they can lull you into a false sense of security while the underlying problem is unaddressed and potentially worsens. In the mean time using across activated charcoal may provide relief, if it does it simply supports the "you got pathogens" position. Some parasites/protozoa can travel up the bile ducts and camp out in the liver or gallbladder, even the pancreas. So trial and error may keep you in this poor state of health for a long time..I've had chronic digestive problems for 2 years now. Intestinal inflammation, bloating, slow transit, gas, dry skin, poor coordination, extremely bad cognitive issues like inability to concentrate, feeling like a zombie, depression, anxiety, avoiding social interaction, extreme uninterest in doing things (all things), difficulty breathing. I find my heart rate shoots up, I get out of breath when having to speak in class and I can't come up with words. I feel like a zombie. Last year at my lowest point, my stool would come out only a few centemiters thick because of how inflammed my gi tract was. Not feeling hungry and weight loss, despite eating a significant amount of calories. I sit in bed (under a incandescent light bulb) most of the day. I am completley out after just walking to class. I have yet to socialize with anyone in my classes. I belive this all got extemelty bad when I took large doses of an idoine supplement while I was already metabolically compromised. Lugols is know to damage the mucosal membranes of the gi tract.
Some approaches I have taken to solve the issue:
- I quit my sport (college swimming and diving). Last year was my first year of college. I should have stopped the sport then, however, knowing that I would be kicked off the team but pressure from my parents because I've worked my whole life towards this kept me on the team throughout the year, so I suffered every day in silence. Cafeteria food was also aweful for me, however, I always chose the best food that I possibly could. I'm in an apartment now that's not an issue anymore.
- Quit starches. Recently I decided I needed to go on a strict plan of orange juice, milk, sucrose, liver, oysters, ground beef, shrimp, cheese, eggs, coffee, coconut oil. Everything Peaty
- Penicillin. It has given me some relief. My white tongue is gone so I'll keep using it to lower endotoxin
Cyproheptadine. This has been the most helpful thing so far. Before using this I couldn't even digest good food without an inflammatory response. Loading up on this has given me some more relief.
- Daily raw carrot
- T3 to keep metabolism up - on its own, thyroid didn't help me at all. Good diet + thyroid, but still feeling awful is pretty indicative that my issue is with my gi tract.
Please let me know if there is anything more that you think I can do, any feedback helps. I'm open to trying a more potent anti-serotonergic drug that acts more specifically on the gi tract because I don't see how else I am going to fix this issue. Let me know what your thoughts are.