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Don't know what's wrong with me

By August 10, 2011 - 8:17am
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I am a 31 yo female with no health problems until fairly recently. For about a month now, I have been getting lightheaded, pressure headaches, and extreme fatigue. It comes and goes for no apparent reason. I went to the doctor and he ran a general blood test. My results were normal. He tested my TSH, T4 and T3. The T4 was slightly high, so they tested it again. It came back normal. He also did a CT scan and it was normal. I eat extremely well and workout 7-8 hours a week. I stay hydrated all day. I am not underweight nor am I overweight. The only prescription that I am on is birth control, which I have been on for a long time. When I feel the symptoms, I get withdrawn and am in a bad mood. I don't know what to do and it is starting to affect my work and recreational lifestyle. Within the last couple of days I have been feeling a deep ache in my arms too. I have been gluten-free for a year and half due to gluten intolerace and Celiac Disease in my family. Please help!

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Thanks for posting and welcome to EmpowHer!

For someone who works out 7-8 hours a week, you not only need to stay hydrated but you must consume a lot of calories. Hydration does not give you energy, only calories do. Prior to exercising, you should have eaten something that will give you enough energy to get through the workout. Even when you are not working out, if you aren't consuming enough calories you will feel lightheaded throughout the day or overexerted. You may have too much going on in your life--work, relationship, school, gym, not enough sleep, and other responsibilities that will start to take a toll on you. If you cut down on some of your daily activities and you still feel like these headaches do not go away or are progressively getting worse then please return to your doctor.

Have you seen a nutritionist to help guide you with a gluten-free diet? It could be that since you are limited to the food that you can consume, this may be standing in your way of getting the appropriate nutrition required.

Wishing you the best,


August 10, 2011 - 9:28am
(reply to Rosa Cabrera RN)

My caloric intake is 1800-2000 calories a day. I eat a cereal with a banana and almond milk for breakfast, a sensible lunch (protein, GF crackers, fruit, popcorn are typical), a snack before working out, a protein shake with almond milk after working out, and dinner (healthy protein and veggies). I'm 5'8" and 157 pounds.

August 10, 2011 - 9:35am
(reply to airathanas)

How is your daily load/stress level? The most common type of headache is a tension headache-- you can read more on them here: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/tension-headache/DS00304

Let me know if this is similar to what you experience.

Best wishes,

August 10, 2011 - 9:40am
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