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All I Need is the Sun and a Psychiatrist

Submitted by on August 12, 2011 – 9:17 am2 Comments
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I don’t talk about my endo visit for about a week because my lab results take that long to come in.  They finally came in and I can report my A1c rose from April’s 5.7 to a 5.9.  It’s what I was expecting because some things changed between April and August.  My twins turned two, the weather got considerably warmer to be more like Mars, and my anxiety levels rose.

The kids turning two brought new and interesting challenges for me to deal with.  They run faster than ever!  As a result, for safety reasons, I had to move my target range up from 80-100 to 120-140.  I didn’t like doing it and felt sluggish at first but eventually my body got used to 140 whereas it used to feel bad.

The weather being really warm has always made me feel strange.  I get overheated being out in the sun and this makes me dizzy, nauseated, and tired.  This has always happened and it seems to be genetic.  I tend to confuse those symptoms for lows so I tend to push my blood sugars up.

Anxiety symptoms can be confused for lows, too.  For some reason my anxiety rose and it just so happens those symptoms feel a lot like a severe low for me.  So I’d wake in the middle of the night, 99% sure I was really low, and I’d treat.  Then I’d test in the morning and discover with a 300 that I was not low at all.  This has happened a lot lately.  I used to feel comatose at 300 and now I can walk around and function.  I don’t know that this is a good or bad thing.  I have no clue.  Anyway, I’m being referred to a psychiatrist to further discuss the anxiety issue.  My doctor thinks that counseling will be helpful and that it seems normal to him that after 2 years of baby raising and being quite isolated, a person like me with a history of social anxiety would have those issues resurface.  He did say that I shouldn’t ignore this.  My blood pressure was perfect until I started talking about what was causing me anxiety-then it rose.  So needless to say, I feel like tackling this right away.

Almost all of my lab results came out fine.  I wasn’t checked for iron and I wonder, does anyone know if low iron causes a skewed A1c test?  I was expecting my A1c to be a bit higher, that’s why I ask.  My iron wasn’t checked but I remember that while pregnant, it was very low.  Maybe it’s low now?  I don’t know.  I will get that tested next time.

The only thing that needed to be addressed on my labs was my vitamin D level.  In a time where I’ve been getting sun, it’s very low.  I supplemented through May and then stopped because I was getting plenty of sun and didn’t want to overdose.  This leads me to worry that I’m not absorbing Vitamin D very efficiently.  Anyway, I’m going to have to take a supplement and sunbathe when I can and see where that puts me.  At least I now know what might be causing my knee and muscle pain and fatigue- very low vitamin D.  I’ve also heard that if you’re having trouble losing weight, low vitamin D may be a factor.

I want to take this time to urge you to all get your vitamin D levels tested next time you get blood work done.  It’s very harmful for health to have those levels low.  I was surprised to find out what low vitamin D levels can cause.  Luckily, the solution is a few minutes out in the sun and/or a supplement.

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  • Melissa E says:

    I have found that my numbers are running higher this summer. I think it is the heat. I know my A1C is going to be horrible this time around…so not looking forward to the test! My doctor checks my Vitamin D every time I go in. It was always low even though I am in the sun a good bit working in the yard on a daily basis. I was only able to get it up with a supplement. Thanks for sharing your experiences!

  • Wes says:

    Interesting about the vitamin D. I’m sure we don’t get enough sun. That’s one of those “first world” problems. :(

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