I have had a mystery illness for over a year and have been shuffled around to different specialists to no avail. Just recently a dermatologist (surprisingly) discovered that I have a zinc deficiency that has been causing some of my symptoms. There have been amazing improvements since taking high-dose zinc supplements, but I still have some weird symptoms that have not improved (including, most prominently, massive generalized edema that is very upsetting to me... I know this can happen with malnutrition but all the doctors I've seen so far told me that can't be the cause because my blood albumin level is normal.) It seems unlikely for one nutritional deficiency to occur in isolation, so I am now thinking maybe there are other deficiencies responsible for the other symptoms. But, I am having a hard time finding information on the manifestations of severe nutritional deficiencies (esp. in adults.) ...deleted...
(I did have fairly restrictive and kind of strange dietary habits for several years before this happened, so, it's feasible.) I have not had good experiences with doctors so far (they either don't listen, don't believe me, or don't care enough to look for an unusual cause) so I feel like I need to do my own research and give them a head start.
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It's difficult to tell from your email whether you believe the symptoms are a result of nutritional deficiencies over time, or the result of bad eating patterns now.... however....
You might consider finding a nutritionist to help you -- as a complement to what you've learned from physicians. Nutritionists are trained to match up physiology with what you ingest (as in -- you are what you eat!) At least a nutritionist might be able to send you in some of the right research directions.
Also, document, document. Keep track of what you are eating now, symptoms (good and bad) and time so you can see if there is any correllation. Also, as best you can, write down what your diet used to be (and any other substances you were ingesting including vitamins or other pharmaceuticals, legal or otherwise), plus the symptoms you started to see over time. Between the work with a nutritionist and then a later meeting with your doctor, you may at least start down the right track.
I also have malnutrition problems found by a dermatologist. I have Sprue, a allgery to grain products or better the gluten in grain products. If I am not on a gluten-free diet I don't absorb the vital things from food or supplements. I have to take B-12 injections now because the gut will no longer absorb it on it's own. Read up on this and see if it fits.