So, here it is a few months since my last post. What's been going on? Well, despite my healthy eating, proper sleep schedule and high level of physical activity, I am unwell. Let's break this down...
1. Beginning of January I started getting these rashes around my eyes. I thought it might be my eczema returning, but then I also got it around my nose.
2. Started getting really exhausted during kung fu training and running out of breath and heart was pounding well before it seemed should.
3. Beginning of February first I barely sprained my right ankle and was up and about 6 days later. But fatefully, I injured my left foot during my martial arts training. It took me another half hour after the occurence to notice the pain and then I stopped participating in the class and my foot began to swell. Went to see doctor, had X-rays and not broken. However still pain and swelling and bruising. A month later had MRI and CT scan and in fact my 2nd Metatarsal was fractured! Oops, I had been walking on it for about 6 weeks and it had not been able to heal. Prescribed a really ugly shoe which prevented foot articulation and after a couple of weeks, it began healing. In the meantime...
4. Doctor ordered blood tests and turns out my iron level, B12 and vitamin D were all below the acceptable norms!!! This does not compute because I eat very well, perhaps neurotically nutritionally-balanced, I go hiking weekly and practice martial arts outdoors on Sundays for 3 1/2 hours (winter months, otherwise we do all our training outdoors), so I get sunlight in good doses.
Right now I'm doing more tests to determine if it's malabsorption. On my own I'm starting lots of things and stopping other things. I've started Blackstrap Molasses daily (since Sunday), eating lentils or beans daily, at least one egg daily. I read somewhere in all my research that radiation may play a role in malabsorption, and for the last 9 months I had been putting the laptop on my lap, so perhaps my intestines were getting zapped. So, to be on the safe side, I cut that out. Additionally I read that some women at peri/menopause develop gluten intolerance and Celiac disease. Celiac disease is connected to malabsorption in the small intestines, so as of yesterday I'm eliminating gluten to see how it goes.
I have been exhausted, yet barely doing any physical activity. My muscles have become weak. I don't recognize myself right now, I am so frustrated and a bit scared. I'm trying things out and hearing out suggestions. I have an appointment on Thursday with my doctor and should have the labs back to see what we can make out. Think good thoughts friends...