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Here's how I lived for half a decade, until I found paleo. ✓ means it's cured.
It was so uncontrollable I had to quit working. This is how I started having a phone phobia (panic attacks when speaking on the phone). I worked in customer support, so I couldn't leave my desk when I needed to.
I was afraid to leave the house even to go buy milk at the corner store. I couldn't exercise, out of fear of accidents. I spent holidays at home alone because I was embarrassed to be around other people
✓ Gallbladder pain + vomiting
Spent a lot of years doubled over at the sink in pain, but no vomiting. Years that I couldn't sleep because of the pain. Then suddenly I started vomiting all day and night. That lasted half a year. Now I don't get sick anymore, no pain. Unlike what doctors say, I can eat lots of fat. I eat about 70% of calories from cholesterol and saturated fat every day. What I can't eat, which they say I should, are grains, nuts, beans, and other seeds.
✘ My nose was always blocked since I was 16 or so, from gluten inflammation. I didn't know it at the time, but gluten started bothering me a few years before. Because my nose was blocked, I started breathing through my mouth, and now I have an overbite and crowded teeth, when I had perfect teeth before.
✓ Constant hunger: no matter how much I ate, I was always starving. I'd suddenly go irrational, have an argument with whoever was with me, and blame them for my hunger. Very unlike me. This was because of...
✓ ...Severe low blood sugar. Every time I got hungry, my vision would go black, I'd go woozy, and I couldn't see anything. I'd tremble too much and was too weak. Someone had to hold me and guide me to a seat and grab me something to eat. It took a long time until my vision came back and I stopped shaking. This started around 2007 I think.
✓ (More low blood sugar) At first, I started fainting in the morning after waking up. But that went away quickly. Then as an adult, it would take me half a day to wake up, regardless of how many alarms I had. I would wake up around 3 PM. When my husband had the day off, he would try to wake me up. He needed to put some food in my mouth (something that would melt), and he had to shake me. He would keep trying, but I wouldn't wake up. He had to open the windows (in the cold winter), put a wet towel on my face, pull of the blankets and sheets off me, and I still wouldn't wake up. And I'd still wake up at 3pm!
✓ (Also low blood sugar) Horrible nightmares that woke me up in the middle of the night. I would have to stay up after that, crying and in fear.
✓ Depression/suicidal. It was horrible. Every little thing made me want to kill myself right then and there. Doing the dishes made me have a meltdown, and I had to try really hard not to stab myself. After paleo, I'm always cheerful and smiling. Even if something awful happens, my eyes are always twinkling.
✓ Brain fog / unable to think logically (almost putting my hand in a running blender, grabbing a hot casserole from the oven with my bare hands, placing a hot pot on the floor and burning a hole).
✓ ... Dementia? Could not remember how to spell my name, or my age, date of birth, address, phone number. I always had someone fill out my paperwork. I also couldn't handle money (couldn't count/make change)
✓ In college, I'd lose consciousness randomly, for a few seconds, and not realize it (other people told me).
✓ Paranoia (couldn't leave the house in fear it would catch fire and my pet would die)
✓ Clumsiness. I tripped a lot. At home, I guided myself by holding to the walls as I walked. Outside, I closed my eyes, and held on to a friend. Things I was holding suddenly fell off my hands. Reaching for a glass, I would knock it over. I couldn't do anything right.
✓ Social anxiety, panic attacks
✓ Always too hot even in icy Maine winters. I would wear a t-shirt when it's freezing, and I'd still feel too hot.
✓ Whole body tremors
✓ Very dilated pupils; extreme sensitivity to light (it was so painful, I cried)
✓ Extreme sensitivity to noise that at times led to panic attacks
✓ Painful reaction to touch, I couldn't be hugged, caressed, or touched at all. It felt as if needle tips were being dragged over my skin.
✓ Migraines, had to stay in bed and every little noise and light still hurt
✓ Large thyroid/goiter in my neck, now it's barely noticeable (I don't expect it to go away completely.)
✓ Bone pain: They felt broken in half. Mostly collarbone, forearm, calves, ankles.
✓ Joint pain (ankles, knees, wrists). I still get knee pain if I eat grains/nuts/seeds. If I soak them like Weston Price says, it helps a lot, though. Sourdough bread is fine.
✓ Very swollen wrists and ankles. Until Paleo, I didn't know I had skinny ankles.
✓ Lost all my muscle. I take after my mom's side of the family, who are stocky with lots of muscle all over the body. I lost all the muscle and became skin and bone.
✓ Muscle weakness: dropping everything I picked up. A glass of water was too heavy. Couldn't do more than 5 water bottle weight lifting reps. When I moved to a new place, I was exhausted after carrying 2 paperback books inside.
✓ No sense of taste / smell (happened later on, at my worst). Everything tasted like metal.
✓ Granuloma annulare (scars on my hands and feet that go away after a few days, but are itchy and painful)
✓ Constant thirst, no amount of water quenched it.
✓ Bloody nose after waking up, and usually all day too
✓ Big painful sore on the left side of the top of my mouth; had this since I was a child. I no longer have it, but it comes back if I eat grains.
✓ Very long menstrual cycles (maybe 3 times per year. heavy, and curl-up-on-the-floor painful. Now it's 34 days apart, very light, and not painful at all.)
✓ Painful dry skin that made me cry, and in the winter it would crack and bleed. I bought some silky pajamas and wore them inside out. It was the only thing that helped.
✓ Very irregular heart beat, really odd, varying rhythms with no pattern to them. Now it's regular.
✓ Very fast heart beat (over 130 bpm when sleeping, over 180 bpm if walking). Now it's generally around 60 bpm when sleeping, 90 bpm when walking, which is higher than most people, but very good for me.
✓/✘ Blood pressure. Now it's generally normal or borderline normal-high, which is much, much better than before, and probably average. I'd still like to get it lower, but I could do a lot more if I weren't so lazy (exercise more, be more careful with diet)
✓Food intolerance: now I can eat all the foods I became intolerant to in 2010 (dairy, grains, peppers, apples, lettuce, nuts, tomatoes, and a lot more I can't remember). The first year I needed to eat chicken/beef stock every day, and TwinLabs enzymes, now I don't need to. Dairy is better if raw/unpasteurized. Sometimes I can get away with pasteurized, but unpasteurized never gives me any problems. Grains need to be prepared carefully, real sourdough bread, or soaked in yogurt / raw milk. I still chose to limit grains.
Etc: No dark circles under my eyes. I naturally wake up at 6:30-7:00 in the morning without an alarm. I get sleepy at night and fall asleep easily. Can breathe through my nose.
A lot of these might sound ridiculous, or like I'm lying. I wish I were.
Keep in mind I never had any problems as a child and as a teenager. I was always very healthy, without any issues. These things started happening after I moved away from my family/country, and started eating low-fat standard american diet. You know: Baked chicken breast. Steamed vegetables and boiled barley. Great, healthy stuff, right?