I'm 19 years old and have had some weird symptoms recently. I was supposed to be a leader at a youth camp two weeks ago, but I became very ill with what everyone assumes was a stomach virus. My blood pressure was crazy and I couldn't stand or walk around for very long without almost passing out and I was suddenly unable to eat. My mouth would go bone dry and I'd gag on food. Anything besides fruit and rice made me nauseous. I was weirdly anxious during this time too--I was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder last year and it had gotten out of control the few weeks before I got sick and I was having panic attacks out of nowhere almost every day. While I was sick, I was very tense and just nervous. I was literally bed ridden for 3 days before they decided to send me back home because I wasn't getting better. It took the rest of the week, but my weakness got better. However, as I started being able to eat again, I started getting diarrhea. It's been two weeks and I have a normal appetite, but food makes me feel weird/anxious and my heart pounds or races. My diarrhea seemed better two days ago, but now it's back to weird loose stools (sorry...TMI). I had two bowls of strawberry toasters (like cinnamon toast crunch, but strawberry) this morning and the effects followed not too long after. My stomach started knotting up and my heart rate went up to 120 for a good half hour or more. These heart symptoms have been the most annoying...I have been eating a lot of whole grain and fiber to help with the stomach issues, but they didn't help and just made me nervous. The only thing I ate that didn't affect my heart rate was peach froyo with fruit. The dairy upset my stomach a couple of hours later of course, but that was it. I happened to mention to my mom that I had been having these heart rate problems and that the froyo wasn't doing it and she wondered if it had something to do with gluten since it was the only thing it didn't have that everything else I've had did. I've had upset stomach problems and everything before, but we've always chalked it up to stress (and it probably was). This just seems different somehow. I've never gotten to 100% since the stomach virus. I know there are a billion things that could cause all this, but it couldn't hurt to ask. The only thing that has come up in the past few years has been a pretty low Vitamin D level of 11 that won't get near normal despite high doses of Vitamin D, but other tests, such as thyroid, have been normal. I went to the doctor a few days ago and he said that the digestive problems would probably resolve themselves eventually, so I haven't gotten to really talk to him about the other problems and was wondering if we should pursue this theory. Sorry this is so long!
Edited by student314, 05 August 2013 - 11:44 AM.