I received the results from my blood tests last week. I definitely have low iron. I also have a high A1C number (this is for blood sugar). The range is 4.0 – 6 and I’m a 6. In fact, if it was .1 degree higher, I’d be pre-diabetes. Now I knew this about a year and a half ago, but I guess I kind of forgot about it until I started to feel as fatigued as I did. I increased my workout schedule, but I was still tired, huffing and puffing up the same hill I walk every day, my legs ached, I became irritated very quickly, etc. My TSH level also dropped a bit but it’s still within normal range. I had to pay to get a T3 and T4 level done (at the same lab) through my naturopath’s requisition and then I could see that my numbers were low. So basically hypothyroid. We suspected that for a while as I have the usual symptoms but unfortunately you can’t get a GP to order a T3 or T4 unless you drop out of the “normal” TSH range.
The walk in clinic doctor called me back to discuss my results and I have to admit, I was pretty alarmed when she told me I should talk with my GP about the possibility of going on metformin. Then by the time Boo and I had reached the car, I was over it. I’m not going on metformin until absolutely necessary because with diet and lifestyle changes, I can lower that number. That’s what I’ve been trying to do as a matter of fact, but despite my gluten free diet, quitting drinking, and working out, weight loss has been brutally difficult. Of course, I’ve had low iron before and this was an impediment to my weight loss before. Add on top of fluctuating hormones, this is an uphill no fun slog. Sigh. Why can’t I be one of those naturally lithe people?
So no freaking out, it could be worse. At least now I know what it will take to get me feeling better and I’m taking those steps.