This post is going to be TMI. Totally. So if you are a dude, stop reading now. Please. I beg you.
OK Ladies. This is a public service announcement.
As many of you know, I celebrated my 40th this past November.
With it came a very strong visits from Aunt Flo.
I have a hypothyroidism so I just assumed that I have been feeling crummy (like when you are pregnant and so tired you feel like you cannot go on) because my levels were off. So, I visited my wonderful endocrinologist for my yearly exam and she said that my TSH test for hypothyroidism was in the correct range.
I told her bad I have been feeling. I am so tired I can barely do anything. I am not motivated. I am out of energy and just as tired in the morning as I am at night. And she knew exactly what it must be. She ordered another blood test and tested my iron and B vitamin levels.
My iron was extremely low due to my "heavy old lady periods" as I like to call them.
As soon as I found out, I ran to Target to buy iron, Vitamin C (to help with absorption) and a big bottle of my usual multivitamin that I ran out of months ago.
So if you are near 40 and you are starting to get the heavy old lady periods, get a blood test. It could either be thyroid as it was for me 8 years ago or even as simple as low iron. I am telling you, you can't imagine how tired I am simply due to low iron.
And there is your public service announcement for the day. I am going to bed.
The Open Road
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