Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Something Off

For the past few weeks, something has been off with me.   I have been really tired and grumpy and prone to dizzy spells and headachey and body achey.  I thought maybe it might have something to do with the sugar wean, but it wasn't making sense.  Then, I thought maybe I had pushed myself too hard for that 5k PB...but that didn't feel right either.  I was about to call my doctor to set up an appointment.

Luckily, I work on a health care website in my real world job and when I was doing some start of month updates for May - I started reading something I was updating and then I had an epiphany and quickly pulled up the page on Iron Deficient Anemia.

Yeah - I don't know why I didn't think of it sooner.  As a vegetarian, I've had anemic spells before.  Usually I catch it while I am just tired but I've been very busy and not eating great and too tired to cook or do anything and then the dizzy spells started to eclipse everything.   Once I made the connection and compared my symptoms, I feel like such a dummy.

So today, I took a second rest day and tonight I will start combating the anemia.   And, hopefully, it will turn around quickly so I can get back to being me.

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    1. Yep - as luck would have it I bought a bunch yesterday to make Kale chips...

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  2. That sucks but hopefully something you can manage fairly easily? One of our Goofy teammates had a bunch of troubles with extreme anemia. Seems to be doing better now though...

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    1. I think it is just figuring out the sugar thing. Alot of the veg foods I usually eat were eliminated in the sugar wean and I don't think I was smart enough about replacing them...now that I have figured it out, I think I will bounce back. It's alot worse when you're wandering around not knowing why you are so wonkadoo...

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  3. You have also been doing a lot of hard hill training. Along with cutting out sugar, avoiding heme iron sources and fitting everything in... it takes a toll. I get it. Last year I found out I was iron deficient two weeks before my marathon. Not fun. Taking iron supplements was impossible (for me). It took a few months but I'm baaack and you will be too (maybe sooner).

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  4. That sucks. Glad you figured out what it was. The liquid iron supplement that I took while pregnant is pretty good- no nasty side effects.

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