Hey everyone!!!! I hope you all had a great weekend!!!
I am so sorry my blogging has been sporadic lately, but I just have not been feeling well. Basically, in addition to my stress fracture, I have been having more migraines and increasing fatigue. The last few weeks I have been waking up with a headache everyday, to the point it was difficult to even get out of bed in the morning, which is so unlike me. I reached my limit on Thursday when I could barely lift my head off the pillow without becoming dizzy and nauseous.
I called in sick to work and headed straight to my nurse practitioner. I left her office with Cymbalta, a holter monitor, prescription for lab work, MRI of the brain and an echocardiogram. I have not had a single headache since I left her office and started the Cymbalta. I am not sure if this is a coincidence or if the medication is a miracle drug. Cymbalta is traditionally used as an antidepressant, but has also been used for people with chronic pain. It had been recommended in the past, but I didn’t want to go on any daily medication for migraines, mostly due to the side effects. This week the breaking point was reached, because I just couldn’t take waking up with another headache. These constant headaches have affected my mood, focus and concentration. I desperately needed them to stop and if Cymbalta was the answer, then I was going to give it a try.
My MRI and most of my blood came back normal, with the exception of my Vitamin D level. DING, DING, DING!!!! I had suspected my level might be low when I developed the stress fracture, but the orthopedist said it wasn’t caused by a deficiency, just repetition, but since vitamin D helps the body use the calcium you consume in your diet, it is essential for strong bones. (referenced from Web MD)
The symptoms that are associated with vitamin D deficiency include: fatigue, headaches, poor concentration, restless sleep, and bone pain. (just to name a few) Sounds like many of the symptoms I have been experiencing the last few months. I am hoping between a vitamin D supplement and the Cymbalta, I can actually start feeling good again!!!!
Despite how I was feeling this week, I was determined to start the Supreme 90 Day Program on Monday. I successfully completed all 7 days and I feel fantastic!!!!! Here is the breakdown:
- Monday: Chest & Back
- Tuesday: Ultimate Ball
- Wednesday: 30 minutes of Spinning (Rest Day was on the schedule)
- Thursday: Shoulders & Arms
- Friday: Tabata Inferno
- Saturday: Cardio Challenge
- Sunday: Legs
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I am completely ready for a new week!!!!
I plan to take at least one more week of of running to let my leg rest, I want to be 100% before I start again. I am feeling good and plan on posting consistently, as long as my headaches stay away!!!!
How have you dealt with health related set backs??