Has anyone here had an organic acids test to see if they have any blocked metabolic pathways, which may be contributing to their symptoms?
My son has a lot of metabolic nutrient deficiencies according to his tests, but he won't swallow the supplements recommended to correct the deficiencies, so I don't know if they would actually be enough to help him.
As an example, for fat and fatty acid metabolism, he has an elevated suberate level, indicating a Carnitine deficiency. Carnitine is an amino acid which moves fat molecules into the mitochondria for energy. Most of your body's energy is produced from the burning of fatty acids. Symptoms sometimes associated with Carnitine deficiency include muscle weakness, fatigue, weight gain, poor cognitive function, lack of endurance and heart disorders.
This is just one example. He has many indications of poor energy metabolism, all with similar symptoms of weakness and fatigue.
He is getting very fat since his surgery, although he is not eating all that much. Carnitine helps with weight loss, so I'm wondering how much this deficiency may be affecting this, and his other problems associated with orthostatic intolerance.
Anyway, I would be interested to hear if anyone has had organic acids and amino acid testing, and if the results of their tests were helpful to you. I think these tests are a real eye-opener, but I have no proof that supplementing with the deficient nutrients would be enough to turn around my son's condition.
Thanks to all who reply.