Blog changes

Thanks to everyone who followed Training Because I Can! over the last nine years. This blog started with Addison's Disease, hypothyroidism and a crazy idea of doing an Ironman distance triathlon. My life has changed and so has this blog. I am using this blog strictly for Addison's Support topics from here on out. I hope to continue providing people with hints for living life well with adrenal insufficiency.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Apathy and under replacement, your symptoms may vary

This is a post for my Addison's readers.

I've spent Saturday through Wednesday being completely apathetic. Saturday and Sunday I was uncharacteristically sore from a hike/run that I did so I passed my apathy off as an after effect of being sore and tired. Monday came and I could not motivate to run or work much or care about much of anything. Tuesday and Wednesday were much the same.

At first the apathy was kind of nice, I get too worked up about too much stuff and stress out on a day to day basis. With the apathy, I didn't give a crap about what got done or when. By Wednesday, I was getting behind on the running and my jobs and still not feeling too stressed about it. I was getting unsettled by my lethargy, apathy, indifference and aching hands and wrists. I started thinking to myself, hummmmmm, when has this happened before? The answer is when I had a broken hip this winter. I am not saying my hip is broken. When I started thinking about the details, I realized that I was slightly under replaced because this is exactly how I felt when my hip was broken and I was too stupid to up my HC.

Usually, I get a stomachache or nausea when I'm under replaced. This time, I did not. I think the difference is that I was slightly, slightly under replaced for days.

What did I do? Popped 5 mg HC when I realized what was going on (yesterday) and took and extra 10 today. I feel like my usual, stressed out, highly motivated self again! Off for some long runs this weekend!

I guess what I'm hoping to have others take away from this is...

  1. Under replacement isn't always a HUGE gap between the HC you're putting in and the HC your body needs. It can be subtle.
  2. Under replacement can manifest itself in different ways in the same person at different times depending on the circumstances.
  3. If you're not feeling like yourself, listen to your body and try to figure out what it's trying so hard to tell you. You may be under replaced, need salt, need water, need Magnesium or need lots of sleep.
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