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Stuntmother posted a topic in Whole30 with medical conditionsI think I really just need reassurance that I'm not doing the wrong thing. My teenager has anxiety, POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia), a significant weight issue (like 70 lbs overweight), and a poor relationship with food (that is, food is emotional regulation for him). After much discussion and strategizing, we started a Whole30 together late last week (my third or fourth, can't remember; his first). My thinking was that we might get over the worst of the hardest days before he had to head back to school today, but today, his POTS is so bad he can't stand up, and so he's in bed asleep, and I feel like I'm poisoning my kid, even though I know I'm not. I just don't know how to help him through the slump, and I want to believe the slump will be short, but I've read forum posts that suggest a POTS slump can go on for days and days, and I'm just panicking mildly. Please offer insight, experiences, advice, reassurance...anything! And thank you.
I'm only on Day 2, so I may be jumping the gun here, but I've noticed that as I go through my day I am getting hungrier MUCH quicker than normal (previously eating a pretty fluff/carb laden diet) I'm doing a physical therapy program for my POTS (lots of working out) so my POTS symptoms themselves are pretty under control but I'm wondering if my overactive nervous system (dysautonomia AND fibro) doesn't know what to do with itself without the fast energy from carbs? I'm getting what I feel are good balanced meals, Breakfast today was 2 eggs, 2 homemade pork sausages, and a banana with some cashew butter. Lunch was a salad of 3 cups of leafy greens, about a palm and a half of chicken and a few almond slivers tossed in for extra crunch, Dinner meatballs over spaghetti squash. Its not like I'm skimping on portions here. I eat until I'm full, and then and then two hours later I get the tell tale ache craving food. A piece of fruit with a thumb sized portion of cashew butter usually does the trick. I'm getting my fluids, and I'm getting my sodium (I take a sodium/potassium supplement on doctors orders) I hope this is temporary but I would LOVE some tips to help my body adjust. I've done a lot of work to get my body back from chronic illness (I still have my days where it wins)
I am on Day 3 of my second Whole 30--the last one was in Feb/March. I asked then whether there was anyone else with dysautonomia, and I want to ask again this go around. Anyone else out there doing this? I'd love to compare experiences. I also have: fibro, migraines, low blood pressure, high HR, TMJ, IBS, allergies, high cholesterol, and lots of other stuff, but dysautonomia/POTS is what really keeps me down the most. I had somewhat helpful results with my first Whole 30, especially in the area of reducing my migraines from near daily to only 4 days of 30, but I got impatient with the reintroduction and gave in about day 45 and ate teriyaki and rice (sugar, soy and grains at once, oh boy). Something made me really sick, but I don't know what. So I'm back again to do it right. Hoping anyone else with dysautonomia might be here to discuss the unique trials that come w/ this rare disease.