Hi Curezone, I'm 32 y/o F, and have a list of health issues, I'm hoping someone can help me pinpoint what might be causing them. I have had constipation for a long time, and have always struggled to go. I also have pretty bad insomnia, and often need sleep aids. It often takes me until 2 or 3 in the morning to fall asleep and i have to get up at 6:00. I also suffer from anxiety and racing thoughts - the racing happens at night where I can't stop thinking about something. And, I have severe foot/leg muscle cramping that happens when it turns cold, which also keeps me from sleeping. I was also diagnosed with low blood pressure.
I had acid reflux quite bad about 12 years ago, and was on PPI's and then eventually diagnosed with H Pylori. I took strong Antibiotics and then a colonoscopy 6 months later confirmed it had come back. The reflux no longer gives me issues though. I tried betaine HCL but it burns on even the lowest dose, so i had to stop. In addition, I have had some skin issues including a Tinea Corporis outbreak that took 3 months to go away. It went away with tea tree oil.
I also have a low libido and sex can be painful. I get itching there if I take certain prebiotic fibers. I used to get frequent UTI's, but haven't had one in a long time. I also have hair loss and hair breaking, and it has gotten worse lately. One the + side, my tongue is pink and healthy looking, and I don't get migraines like I used to. I took Antibiotics at least once per year during childhood, and a few years ago when I had frequent UTI's.
My Genova Labs stool test showed sufficient levels of Lactobacillus and bifidobacterium (3+ of each), no Escherichia coli. For bad bacteria, I have 3+ levels of Streptococcus and Staphylococcus aureus, 2+ levels of Citrobacter and Klebsiella, and 1+ level of Candida albicans. All columns say NP for non-pathogenic. And it shows zero parasites. My Eosinophil Protein X was the only level in the red.
I have tried high levels of magnesium, and while it cures the constipation, it oddly makes my insomnia worse, to the point I can't sleep at all. But, it made my anxiety go away completely.
The stool test and regular blood work from an MD are the only tests I've had done. Any thoughts or suggestions on what other tests would be beneficial for me, or thoughts in general on how I should proceed, would be most appreciated!
I don't eat a SAD diet, but have not totally given up wheat and milk. I do drink some alcohol - sometimes I need it to fall asleep when other aids don't work. I also drink kefir on occasion with no effect good or bad.