i actually do think it's just patient deficiencies layered on top of genetic predispositions (and possibly maternal deficiencies as well). physical injuries can play a role also. arg you're in the UK (whereabouts by the way?) - i noticed that private testing is stupid expensive over there, at least from the sources i've seen to date.
a 'little' more info:
happy ending to a 2-page story by a mom of threegeneral-discussion-f1/topic19575-15.html#p193710
(may as well read whole thing, it's good info)
me in 2011: general-discussion-f1/topic16211.html#p161093
ps. my boss lost so much hair a couple years back that in the end, she shaved her head. i was going on as usual about supplements for this and that, and when i finally said fertility for zinc she took notice. started taking zinc (and magnesium which eliminates monthly cramping and reduces stress). long (successful) baby story aside, she now also has a full head of hair again
per NHE in 2009: post61076.html?hilit=raynaud*#p61076
Also consider that taking vitamin D3 with calcium, magnesium, and zinc can be helpful. I take a supplement which combines these last four ingredients and coincidentally found that it seems to have halted my symptoms of Raynaud's syndrome that I was having. I can't prove cause and effect (I suppose I could go off the supplements and see if the Raynaud's returns but that's not something I wish to do).
me in 2012: chronic-cerebrospinal-venous-insufficiency-ccsvi-f40/topic19914.html#p191611
A novel therapeutic strategy for Ehlers-Danlos syndrome based on nutritional supplements
EDS diet info (w caveat re food elimination diets)
question: have you had any of these levels checked?:
serum zinc, copper, calcium, magnesium, 25(OH)cholecalciferol, vitamin K, ferritin.
Endometriosis and deficient intake of antioxidants molecules related to peripheral and peritoneal oxidative stresshttp://new.medigraphic.com/cgi-bin/resu ... CULO=14678
...The antioxidant intake (vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium and zinc) of women with endometriosis showed a significative statistical difference when data was compared with the control group... The antioxidant intake in women with endometriosis showed an inverse correlation with the pathology intensity. As endometriosis severity intensifies, a [lower] intake of antioxidants is present.
Zinc and depression. An updatehttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16382189
Clinical observations demonstrated serum hypozincemia in depression, which was normalized by effective antidepressant treatment. Moreover, our preliminary clinical study demonstrated the benefit of zinc supplementation in antidepressant therapy. All the data indicate the important role of zinc homeostasis in psychopathology and therapy of depression and potential clinical antidepressant activity of this ion.
and (copied from general-discussion-f1/topic19716.html#p190138
Zinc and copper in pregnancy, correlations to fetal and maternal complicationshttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1067748
Serum zinc and serum copper concentrations during early pregnancy in 84 consecutive primigravidae were correlated to other haematological factors and were also correlated to complications of labour and/or complications affecting the infant. ...One infant showed a congenital heart defect (ventricular septum defect and preductal coarctation of aorta). Her mother showed the lowest serum zinc concentration recorded in the 13th week, but no other abnormal findings. Compared to women with abnormal labours and/or immature infants, mothers with normal deliveries and normal deliveries and normal infants showed significantly higher serum zinc values (p less than 0.001) and significantly lower serum copper concentrations (p less than 0.025) during early pregnancy. A notably high incidence of complications affecting mothers and infants has been recorded among women with low serum zinc. Similarities to effects of experimental zinc deficiency in animals are striking. If (jl: hah!) a low serum zinc reflects a state of deficiency, and this seems to be the case, zinc deficiency is probably common.
taking me a bit longer to put together sun/hives info.. skip for now
brain-mush word-slur - on zinc and cognition
Effects of repletion with zinc and other micronutrients on neuropsychologic performance...http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17010236
Neuropsychologic performance and growth were most improved after treatment with ZM.
(zinc and micronutrient combo)
Lower serum zinc in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)...http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16338007
We found that serum zinc was significantly lower in the CFS patients than in the normal controls... There was a trend toward a significant negative correlation
between serum zinc and the severity of CFS and there was a significant and negative correlation between serum zinc and the subjective experience of infection. ... patients with CFS should be treated with specific antioxidants, including zinc supplements
Levels of Magnesium, Zinc, Calcium and Copper in Serum of Patients with Fibromyalgia Syndromehttp://www.iasj.net/iasj?func=fulltext&aId=42868
The levels of Mg, Zn, Ca concentrations in serum of patients with FMS were significantly lower than healthy control subjects, while Cu concentration in patients with FMS was significantly higher than healthy control subjects ... levels of Mg, Zn, Ca and Cu may be a good indicator to evaluate this disease.
and you mentioned having been an exercise nut.. recently sent this to a friend, she managed to get some tests, i put her on a regimen, she did it, problem (amenorrhea) solved. her doc says it's a coincidence.
Energy and nutrient status of amenorrheic athletes participating in a diet and exercise training intervention program.http://www.cabdirect.org/abstracts/1999 ... 172B9B7A99
jewels70 in 2012: general-discussion-f1/topic20461.html#p195590
I don't think you are too far off with just eating right and supplementing. ... Our bodies need what nature provides. Unfortunately it's too easy to eat bad and many if us give in to our cravings ... I was exercising, P90x or insanity workouts, for the last few years. Not religiously but I've done the whole 90 days maybe missing two days. Then I took a break. Got sick, with shingles, that that was about 2 1/2 years ago.
Zinc and the skin.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6348687
Zinc is an essential trace element integrally involved in a wide range of metabolic processes required for tissue growth and repair as well as being necessary for maintaining host defences. Zinc deficiency can occur from lack of adequate dietary intake, decreased intestinal absorption, and increased losses in the gastrointestinal tract, urine, and sweat. The clinical signs of zinc deficiency can present in a florid manner with dermatitis, alopecia, and diarrhea, or they can be chronic changes with dwarfism and hypogonadism or, the signs may be barely perceptible with low growth rates and hypogeusia. As with all nutritional deficiencies, the possibility of its existence must be considered before the diagnosis can be made. It is not known how severe zinc deficiency must be or how long it has to be present before the characteristic rash appears. However, as biochemical changes of zinc deficiency occur before any clinical changes do, it is likely that metabolic processes have been affected before the rash heralds the presence of zinc deficiency.
okay i'm going to stop with the science now, i can find it but have spent too much time on this already! re the infection, we've already touched on zinc and i've posted on the links between zinc and infection elsewhere (see above re chronic fatigue, zinc and infection links, plus recent posts on c. difficile etc), magnesium for the muscle cramps, shaking, vertigo, dysphagia say zinc and mag too, IBS points to zinc (ask PointsNorth about xp taking zinc for crohn's, which he used to have... no longer!), and without doing any hunting i'm leaning toward zinc for the mastitis too.
so. as for it being in your head, they're just blaming the patient for their own failure
anyway, nutrition can change how you are in the world so even if it was "all in your head", you could probably treat that too.
me in 2012: general-discussion-f1/topic19623.html#p189436
a couple years ago, i suggested my boss take magnesium to prevent menstrual cramping and she came to me later and asked if it could make her feel more calm. answer, yes. she commented to me a few months ago that it had really surprised her that the anxiety she had thought was just her basic personality, was actually a nutrient deficiency.
as for convincing the GP, well you could think about taking the science i've copied to you, printing out the abstracts, and putting the published peer-reviewed facts in front of the doc, as rationale for zinc and mag testing. then, you could show the info on the 'normal' range and the targets established in research for healthy controls, found in the first post of my regimen thread.
if you want to avoid the doc, depending where you are you can just order a requisition online and go pay for the test at the lab.
if that's not an option for whatever reason, you can just start looking at possible gaps in your diet and making some adjustments, and considering a couple of supplements. i pay about $11 for a bottle of zinc and just under $20 for a really good magnesium product. cheap experiment you can run without the doc in the picture at all. although, testing is better.
lots of info, hope it's useful to you