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    Looking for insights into recent health issues (semi-long post warning)

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    I will spare you the details of the long, dramatic road I've been down, but will say that I've been experiencing chest pain in various forms since late last fall. I've had all manner of medical tests with no answers. In fact, I'm super healthy!

    While I did not keep a diary or anything of how things progressed (of course now I wish I had), I do know that my issues did begin when I started the process of weaning myself off of Lexapro. I have been on some form of anti-depressant for the past 15 years or so. While I am happy to report that I am now anti-depressant free, I cannot help but wonder if my symptoms are the result of not being on meds. Most recently (the last 4 to 6 weeks), I've also been occasionally anxious, irritable and teary.
    Is it possible that SSRIs can "mask" depression and anxiety issues caused my a bad diet or unhealthy gut chemistry?

    The thing the confounds all of this is that since August, I've cleaned up my diet significantly. I have been (mostly) wheat and grain free, I've been taking probiotics, been eating more fermented foods, brewing and drinking kombucha and reduced my sugar intake. To add insult to injury, I have not seen any changes in my weight or body composition. My athletic performance has been mixed; I PR'd during a run time trial, but have also had workouts that felt pretty cruddy.

    Finally, I want to add that I am by no means miserable, but am generally just fed up that I cannot figure out what is going on.

    Insights very much appreciated...

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    Can you post a menu of what you would eat in a typical day...

    It feels like it is food related but i cant be sure........

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    I get chest pain and constricted breathing when I eat eggs now, never noticed it before. I can't eat them even a tiny bit now. Could it be a food allergy for you too? Maybe food track and see if there is any correlation. The teariness and anxiousness sounds kinda hormonal. Maybe would be good to get saliva testing done.
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    I hate to say this on this board, but I don't think even the most perfect of diets can solve everything. Maybe most things, but not everything. Even before the proliferation of factory and processed foods, many families had the uncle/aunt that was "moody" or "odd." High doses of Vitamin D help me a lot, but when anxiety is an issue, I will take half of a low dose Trazodone. It's not a perfect solution, but anxiety (from no discernible source) sucks.

    I'm not trying to promote antidepressants or anything like that. I just think the brain is very complex and we know very little about it.
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    Have you been checked by a GI doctor? You could be experiencing low stomach acid and subsequent reflux/heartburn that feels like chest pain. From what I understand low stomach acid has been linked to depression/anxiety as well.

    And I agree with JoanieL, if you life is better on the Lexapro, don't be too quick to dismiss it as bad. Depression and anxiety can give some of the worst suffering know to man, so don't let yourself suffer without help for tooooo long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jammies View Post
    Have you been checked by a GI doctor? You could be experiencing low stomach acid and subsequent reflux/heartburn that feels like chest pain. From what I understand low stomach acid has been linked to depression/anxiety as well.

    And I agree with JoanieL, if you life is better on the Lexapro, don't be too quick to dismiss it as bad. Depression and anxiety can give some of the worst suffering know to man, so don't let yourself suffer without help for tooooo long.

    Best of luck.
    Completely agreed, from someone who has spent a fair amount of time on SSRIs and had chest pain from indigestion. Sometimes it feels like a sharp, burning pain near my heart. This usually happens after I eat something I know isn't good for me. As strange as it sounds, maybe you're overdoing the fermented stuff.

    I did not get from the OP's post that they are having issues with dep/anxiety anymore however. If you do, check out the book "The Mood Cure". Amino acids are a much more effective and safe route to take for mood disorders.
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    Thanks for the great replies everyone.
    First of all, I agree that there are probably some situations that just demand medical intervention. I'm not opposed to that, but would like to explore other options first.

    I have not seen a GI specialist; unfortunately there isn't one available where I live. However, I have had a wide suite of tests including an EKG, echocardiogram, chest x-ray, pulmonary function and, most recently, an endoscopy. The doc said all of these were normal. The thought of low stomach acid has recently come up and I have not yet had the chance to talk to my doc about that specifically but plan to on Monday. I also just had my blood drawn for a Ig panel and should have those results in about 10 days. Haven't had my hormones check, but maybe that should be next. I've actually been toying with getting one of those full performance panels from Wellness FX or Direct Labs, but they are so bloody expensive and my medical expensive have been a little out of control as of late.

    As for a typical day of food for me:
    Breakfast: whey protein, coconut milk and raw almond butter
    Lunch: BAS with whatever non-starchy vegs I have, home canned salmon, 1/4 avocado, pumpkin seeds and EVOO, sometimes feta; homemade kale chips with evoo and nutritional yeast
    Dinner: Some protein (almost always high/good quality source), salad and/or side veggie.
    Snacks (depending on my workouts for the day): blueberries, nuts (usually almonds/cashews...soaked), 1/2 apple or 1/2 sweet potato with almond butter, sunflower seeds
    Cheats: chai tea latte ~once/ week; Diet Dr. Pepper (definitely my vice) few times/week

    Thanks again for everyone's thoughts.

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    Anyone have any thoughts of exploring acupuncture for issues like this?

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