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8/31/14 1:04 P
What (and how much) are you eating now and how much exercise are you doing? General metabolic needs for someone your size and age, and who is at least moderately active (not counting extra exercise done on top of that), are likely at least 1800 calories per day if not higher. (And gain, that's not counting extra exercise.) If you're very much below that there might be a problem. As for specific nutrients you might be missing, I don't know how to guess.
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791 8/31/14 1:54 A
So sorry that you are having those symptoms. I've had similar issues in the past, but your problem may have a different cause than mine. I was also overweight at the time, while you seem quite fit.
I'd also encourage you to continue to seek answers if you do not feel better soon. What did your doctor test? Hormone imbalances, nutrient deficiencies could all be possibilities. Please seek a referral to an RD or specialist if needed. You are worth the effort. :)
For my experience, I make sure to eat nutrient dense foods and keep processed foods and processed grains to a small portion of my diet (my experience, not recommendation, as your body is different). If you are doing strenuous hiking, make sure you get your electrolytes replaced properly & that you are getting proper fats & protein. Good luck!
Glad to learn that you are working with your doctor. Research shows that a healthy eating plan can be very beneficial during treatment as you have shared. You may want to ask your doctor for a referral to see a Registered Dietitian in your area. The dietitian can do a complete assessment of your current eating plan, make food suggestions, and determine if supplements would benefit you.
Becky Your SP Registered Dietitian
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3,293 8/29/14 6:30 P
Are you just seeing a family doctor/generalist? Has your doctor mentioned seeing a specialist of any kind?
This strikes me as something that might be hormonal. Have you thought about seeing an endocrinologist? Some OB-GYNs are also good at evaluating hormonal issues and making appropriate referrals.
Eating well is certainly something that you can work on to support your wellness and feel like you have some control over your life, so that is a great start. If you stay on the anti-depressants for a while and find that your health in general is not improving, do push your doctor for more answers. Sometimes it is necessary to fight a bit and advocate for yourself to get what you need.
I am already working with my doctor. Nothing is showing me up so they're just putting me on anti depressants. Reason why I'm asking about nutrition is so I can better myself at home in between doctor visits. Didn't know if anyone had suggestions. Thank you.
8/29/14 11:15 A
The symptoms you've been experiencing are concerning. Combine that with the fact that things have gotten so bad that you've had to quit your job and...
You need to make an appointment with a doctor. Make one today, for the first available appointment on your doctor's schedule. Get someone to drive you.
However....I also agree with the others; that a complete check-up with your doctor is necessary. Print off your food records for the doctor. Your doctor will do a physical. This information can help the doctor determine if there is a concern and the correct course of treatment.
Our Sparkpeople site, experts and members are not able to do the assessment that you need.
All our best-- Becky Your SP Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
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25,244 8/29/14 4:57 A
I agree with the previous poster - you NEED to make an appointment with your Dr and be properly checked out, including with bloods.
Keep a diary of all that you eat and take with you, just in case they may find it helpful.
Because of your light-headedness, please do not drive - it is a safety issues.
Good luck, Kris
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3,443 8/29/14 3:08 A
I encourage you to seek medical evaluation and treatment immediately, before anything else on your schedule, allowing someone else to drive (even a cab if need be) The symptoms you are describing need to be evaluated.
So I have been experiencing some extremely unpleasant symptoms for the past year. But it was all tolerable and I was able to continue with my life. The past 2 months has turned for the worst and I had to quit my job, currently hiding from all my loved ones, and even dropped the activities that make me a happy person.
I get light headed, fatigue, nausea, low blood pressure (it's not terribly low, not sure if it's because I'm fit or if it's a concern), confusion, concentration problems.
Later on I started getting crying fits, irritability, anxiety.
Last year I lost 30 pounds...21% of my body weight because I figured out my love for hiking. Then I started eating less because I wasn't lounging around the house as much. Less food, more activity. Disaster possibly?
So after my rant...what is the correct nutrition for a 110 pound 24 year old female? Maybe some of these symptoms will clear up. I looked up vitamin deficiencies that could match my symptoms. Came up with Magnesium, B vitamins, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, and Omega 3s. I cannot seem to eat enough food to reach the RDI% in the charts online. Please help!
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