November 17, 2011

My Period Made Me Anemic

Hey Berries! I hope it's okay I start calling you guys that. Oh well, my blog. My rules. :)

Remember when I ranted about my heavy period? Well, turns out I had every right to (besides being a woman with a bleeding vagina).

My heavy and irregular menstrual cycles caused me to become Anemic. So this is my PSA to all ladies out there with a heavy flow, take care of it.

I knew something was wrong when I went 5 months with a period, where the last two months were extremely heavy. I'm talking finish a box of 28 Always Infinity Overnight pads in TWO DAYS heavy.

The first sign of Anemia was my heavy breathing. I noticed that when I would climb stairs, I would get very winded. I felt heaviness in my chest. I thought that it was because of my weight, so I started working out at the gym more to increase my endurance. I then saw an Ear Nose Throat Specialist to see if she could spot anything in my nose that may be constricting my air path. Of course she discovered nothing (except a slightly deviated septum?!). The doc and my primary doc thought I had Asthma. Asthma? So I was prescribed all types medication I was reluctant to take.

Next came the fatigue, dizziness and headaches. I would do 5 push-ups at the gym with my trainer and ask for a break. I would get dizzy and feel the need to pass out. It wasn't just at the gym. Getting out of bed felt like a task (it still does), and I would randomly experience bouts of dizzy spells throughout the day. Then came the week-long headaches that couldn't be suppressed with my go-to pain relief med of choice: ibuprofen. I then noticed I was waking up with headaches. And then the worst headache happened during the week where I woke up in the middle of the night sobbing like a little baby and ran to my mom complaining of how much pain I was in. The pain tugged at my eye balls and took over my entire head; from front to back. I wanted to chop off my head. There were times I thought, "Well, if I just cut off my head, I can still live, right?" Obvi, not.

Many doctor visits and intense cravings of ice cubes later, the verdict is Anemia. Thank you mother nature for the bloody gift that kept on given.

The point is, I haven't been feeling like myself so that's why I've been blogging less. If you've had Anemia, then you understand the heavy exhaustion. My doctor visits aren't done yet because we want to rule out anything else, but that's that and I wish I had gone on the birth control years ago to regulate my period because this health fiasco could have been avoided. But it is what it is and I am moving forward and will eventually get back into tip-top-shape.
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