Pyroluria Treatment in Saint Paul, MN
Considered by many functional medicine experts to be one of the most common obscure disorders, pyroluria is known by many other names, including: Pyrrole disease, Pyrrole disorder, Kryptopyrrole, Kryptopyrroluria, Mauve factor, Malvaria, and Hemepyrrole.
Pyroluria is believed to be a permanent genetic condition that depletes the body of vitamin B6 and zinc, causing symptoms like mood swings, joint pain, and stress management challenges. Treatment for pyroluria usually requires taking vitamin supplements. If you’d like to learn more about pyroluria treatment in Saint Paul, MN, call (952) 777-8887 or contact Dr. Alyse Hamilton online today.
Symptoms of pyroluria are believed to intensify during periods of prolonged stress, such chronic or debilitating illnesses. Because pyroluria is believed to cause vitamin B6 and zinc deficiencies, common indicators of pyroluria may include symptoms of zinc deficiency, such as depression and anxiety.
Other pyroluria symptoms may include:
- Low stress tolerance
- Mood swings, including episodic anger
- Frequent joint pain
- Chronic fatigue
- Acne or eczema
- Poor immune response
- Poor memory or dream recall
- Motion sickness
- Hair loss
Later symptoms of pyroluria may include severe depression, schizophrenia, seizures, and possibly total physical debilitation.
Pyroluria patients may also present the following symptoms:
- Thin, pale skin that easily sunburns but never tans
- White flecks on fingernails
- Reduced tooth enamel
- Sensitivity to light, noise, and strong odors
- Poor morning appetite
- Antisocial behavior
- Sweet, fruity breath and body odor
Experts believe pyroluria occurs in conjunction with a number of other conditions, such as:
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Alcohol/substance abuse
- Bipolar disorder
- Lung cancer
More research is needed to establish how pyroluria relates to these conditions, if at all.
What Causes Pyroluria?
Treatment providers believe pyroluria is a genetically acquired chemical imbalance that causes the body to overproduce kryptopyrrole, a byproduct of hemoglobin production. This excess kryptopyrrole is believed to bind with vitamin B6 and zinc, preventing the body from using them, and instead discarding the vitamin and mineral through urine as pyrroles.
Practitioners diagnose pyroluria using a specific kryptopyrrole urine test. A healthy urine sample will have a kryptopyrrole measurement of less than 20 micrograms per deciliter (ug/dl). Anything greater than 20 ug/dl is considered a positive pyroluria detection. Metabolic testing to detect elevated pyrrole levels is another diagnostic method.
Pyroluria treatment involves correcting vitamin deficiencies with supplements and nutrition, such as:
- Manganese: High levels of zinc can deplete this nutrient
- Magnesium: Vitamin B6 can reduce its level. Magnesium may also treat symptoms of light and sound sensitivity
- Niacinamide (vitamin B3): May accelerate the recovery process
- Vitamin C and pantothenic acid: May help repair exhausted adrenal glands and treat symptoms of fatigue
- Nutritional programs may include foods rich in vitamin B6 and zinc
Initially, larger supplement doses may be prescribed. As symptoms improve, you may be given smaller doses. Practitioners believe recovery from pyroluria symptoms may take an average of 3-6 months, but the condition is considered permanent. Discontinuing treatment may cause symptoms to return within 1-4 weeks. Ask your healthcare provider which supplements and foods may be most effective for your nutritional program.
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While pyroluria research is ongoing, practitioners believe the condition causes a number of symptoms, such as low stress tolerance and chronic fatigue. If you have these symptoms, you may want to have your kryptopyrrole levels tested. To schedule an appointment with a pyroluria doctor in Saint Paul, MN today, call (952) 777-8887 or contact Dr. Alyse Hamilton online .
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