All of my problems can be traced back to around 7-8 years ago. I am currently a 22y/o male. I began having unbelievable migraines, difficulty sleeping, chest pain and tightness, strange neurological problems, muscle loss (multiple muscle strains and tears from sports for no real reason), hair loss, and intermittent bowel issues. Multiple doctors and specialists were unable to find anything for years.
September of 2012, I begin having a very consistent pain in the lower right side of my stomach in the shape of an inch and a half away from my belly button. By October, I began having very loose stool. By November, I was calling into work regularly. December caused me to consider if ripping my eyeballs out would hurt less than the pain I was experiencing and I finally went to a doctor who told me it was "classic IBS".
Two weeks in, IBS medications took the edge off the pain but all-in-all, did very little. I went to a new doctor, expecting the same ol same ol. Take some random over the counter, you have a stomach virus.
He actually began to examine me. He listened to my stomach for what seemed like several minutes and said, "I think you have a thyroid problem." Sure enough, my TSH was something unbelievable. He diagnosed Hypothyroidism from just listening to my stomach. I didn't even mention the other symptoms. Labs actually came back as Hashimoto's disease causing hypothyroidism. I was impressed.
A month on thyroid medication, I began to feel incredible with moderate progress with my stomach. Instead of going to the bathroom 10 times a day, It was only 6-7. With the reduced pain, I began to notice a pattern. I had always been big on only eating raw foods and very little bread. Doctor suggested I may have Celiac disease that my thyroid problems were covering up.
One month without gluten (and staying on thyroid meds) has given me my life back, except that I am finding out that I deal with constant cross contamination issues. I am not "technically" diagnosed, but my doctor said that he is sure that the thyroid AND celiac disease are the contributing factors of my issues. It makes a lot of sense and it good enough for me.
I'm currently on day 3 of being useless because I ate something, I don't know what, that has rendered me useless. I can't work, I can't eat, I can't sleep, I can't think, I can't do anything.
What do you guys take for the pain and all the other symptoms (diarrhea, dizziness, etc.)? Any strategies for not making yourself go insane?