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HI All-

I was wondering if anyone has had an issue with high oxalate levels causing some problems. I had eaten very high oxalate foods (broccoli, spinach & kale smoothies,nuts) all foods that I thought were healthy. Well, I recently found a new nurse practitioner who told me that I was eating way too many of these. So, I stopped them & B vitamins (she told me I was taking too many of them too). Anyway, I did ok for about a week, but then really started having more acute symptoms. Nausea, anxiety, hot flashes, sand colored stools, (sorry) I was reading up on oxalate dumping. Just checking here to see if anyone else had any similar reactions.

 

Thanks so much,

Zoe

 

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How did you find out you had high oxalate levels?

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Ok- now I am embarrassed - I don't know for sure. I do know that there are blood tests for it that I am going to ask my nurse about tomorrow. She just mentioned that I was eating way too many of these things.For the past 3 years I would make green smoothies with a whole bag of spinach & a lot of kale about 4 x a week. I also had a large amount of broccoli & carrots every day, plus green supplements. Plus more green stuff. I started looking up oxalates & what I was reading really started to make sense that that could be part of my issues.You are so knowledgeable I was hoping that you knew something about them. Thanks Alto..

 

Jan. 1994 Pamelor

2000 switched to Zoloft 

2011 Zoloft pooped out- Dr. switched me directly to Lexapro15mg -had a horrible 6mths

2013 upped Lexapro to 20 mgs-pooped out

June 2013 Dr. added 150 Wellbutrin to Lexapro.

July 2013 Switched back to Zoloft 100mgs.Was still taking Wellbutrin. Lots of anxiety from the Wellbutrin

July 2013 Started to wean Wellbutrin- off by Sept.

Oct. 2013 added 400 mgs of Neurotin to the Zoloft

Jan 2014 Tapered off of the Zoloft and onto Prozac 30 mgs. Also still taking 400 mgs Neurotin

Feb 2014 Reduced Prozac to 13 mgs. Still taking 400 mgs Neurotin

Aug. 2014 Prozac 13 mgs. Finished with Neurotin. .7 Risperadol

 

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Well, I guess you can overdo anything. If you stop them and your symptoms stop, you'll know the oxalates were the cause.

 

I had the blood test for oxalates and I believe it showed mine were high, too. My doctor was concerned because she said this indicated I was at risk for kidney stones. But I looked into this and found there was no connection between high blood oxalate and kidney stones (I forget why).

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Thank you Alto- as always I appreciate you!!

 

Jan. 1994 Pamelor

2000 switched to Zoloft 

2011 Zoloft pooped out- Dr. switched me directly to Lexapro15mg -had a horrible 6mths

2013 upped Lexapro to 20 mgs-pooped out

June 2013 Dr. added 150 Wellbutrin to Lexapro.

July 2013 Switched back to Zoloft 100mgs.Was still taking Wellbutrin. Lots of anxiety from the Wellbutrin

July 2013 Started to wean Wellbutrin- off by Sept.

Oct. 2013 added 400 mgs of Neurotin to the Zoloft

Jan 2014 Tapered off of the Zoloft and onto Prozac 30 mgs. Also still taking 400 mgs Neurotin

Feb 2014 Reduced Prozac to 13 mgs. Still taking 400 mgs Neurotin

Aug. 2014 Prozac 13 mgs. Finished with Neurotin. .7 Risperadol

 

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After reading your post, I did a little looking. The article I read said if the oxalate in food leads to high levels, it is a symptom of an unhealthy gut. Sometimes people called my old workplace who were exquisitely sensitive to oxalates, but it seemed to be downstream from a different problem, not the primary problem.

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On 7/13/2014 at 11:55 AM, Zoe said:

HI All-

I was wondering if anyone has had an issue with high oxalate levels causing some problems. I had eaten very high oxalate foods (broccoli, spinach & kale smoothies,nuts) all foods that I thought were healthy. Well, I recently found a new nurse practitioner who told me that I was eating way too many of these. So, I stopped them & B vitamins (she told me I was taking too many of them too). Anyway, I did ok for about a week, but then really started having more acute symptoms. Nausea, anxiety, hot flashes, sand colored stools, (sorry) I was reading up on oxalate dumping. Just checking here to see if anyone else had any similar reactions.

 

Thanks so much,

Zoe

Hi @Zoe

I'm experiencing oxalate issues as well and currently going through the dumping process. I was wondering how your experience went, did it help you heal your gut, and did it impact your WD symptoms due to the stress it may cause the body? Thanks!

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