I finally got a little blood work done. It was my first time, (being uninsured my whole adult life) so there's no "before" to compare to but there was some pretty good news, i think. Like for example my cholesterol:
Not too shabs. Vit D and B-12 are alright. (52/408 respectively). TSH and T4 seem ok too, and I tested negative for autoimmune stuff. So, yay to all of that.
BUT (you knew there would be a but, right?) my RBC count is pretty low. Not crazy low, but rather lowish. It even has a little "L" next to it. Hemoglobin & hematocrit too. And ferritin.. Ferritin is 20. RBC 3.83, HGB 12.4 HCT 37.4.
I eat plenty of red meat, so I find this curious. (I'm not a heavy bleeder, btw.) What does PH make of this?? Nothing? Something? The Dr was predictably blas??. Also - perhaps unremarkably, i honestly don't know - my WBC numbers are not totally normal. Is it normal not to be normal? Low neutrophils, Highish basos and eosins. Shrug?
The thing is.. I'm tired. Reeeeal tired. Fatigued, even. It's like, A Problem. Thee Problem, even.
Comments? thoughts? Experience with low ferritin/RBC? The Dr says these numbers are wholly unrelated to fatigue and that "it's probably psychological". (!) -_-
edit: I have had joint pain/weirdness for many years that i now know is clearly mediated by diet, specifically gluten elimination, and now is greatly reduced, yet persists. I'm really glad to have tested negative to ANA antibodies and RA, but it leaves me continuing to wonder why my joints are so janky. S.I., knees, hips, right shoulder all bothering me today. WHY?
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on May 12, 2012
at 03:23 PM
I don't believe that your fatigue is psychological. Where do they come up with that stuff?
If you were eating a lot of breads and cereals before, you may have been taking in a lot of fortified iron and folate that is now missing from your diet.
Another possibility -- on Eades' site, I read that most people are deficient in magnesium. Adding some to my diet greatly reduced my own persistent fatigue.
If that doesn't ring true, I would have to wonder if you are on any other medications that may cause fatigue. In my experience prescription drugs such as SSRI's, SNRI's, pain medications, blood pressure drugs, and so forth can cause a lot of fatigue over time.
on May 12, 2012
at 02:22 AM
This is so interesting.
My blood work was spectacular during my celiac days when I was not even aware of the fact I was celiac. I went Paleo in October (right after my blood work was done). Had another blood work done in March.
I had spinach and red meat all the time, yet my doctor told me that the new blood test indicated my iron went down from 18 to 9 and my protein went down as well. How in the world that was possible? And I was tired all the time as well.
This is a mystery that I would love to solve myself.
Just out of curiosity, are you possibly gluten intolerant and your stomach acid is low? Because this is what (I think) happened to me. My doctor has no explanation why my iron went down with me eating more meat than before.
on May 12, 2012
at 02:17 AM
Are you eating many meals or frequently through the day? Any snacks?
Since starting a 20 hour/4 hour intermittent fasting cycle daily I don't feel tired or fatigued ever. Not one bit. Not sure why, but it seems to help me a lot that my digestive system is not running actively throughout my day. I feed at night only and for a few hours. This has also tremendously regulated my bowl movements and well, to be honest I feel even better than I did before eating paleo all day.
Worth a shot maybe, though perhaps not for everyone. I thought self control would be difficult not eating 20 hours of my day but the grass was greener and I find it not just easy, but i'll probably do this for the rest of my life because it feels natural and keeps me super-active.