Update, as this reinforces Coach Banta’s blog, these symptoms can be the result of iron deficiency and can include other medical issues, such that we are finding.
This has been extremely frustrating, as I’m dealing with inept Dr.’s.
Had all the blood work (second round of tests) done on July 11th, a phone call about a week later saying she recently had a serious mononucleosis infection, then a Dr. appointment on Tuesday of last week.
I made the mistake of assuming that the iron deficiency and mononucleosis were all that showed up on the 2 different blood labs done in the past month… I asked all the right questions and the Dr. talked about the need for rest and recovery from the mononucleosis infection and to continue diet/supplements for the iron until ‘K’s appointment with the Hematologist, which the hematologist already indicated that she would probably get iron IV’s.
At first, I trusted that the Dr. had been thorough, and even though I was going to get a copy of the blood labs, I was in no hurry.
Then, I thought I better check them out, as there were many labs taken and might as well check, something may have been missed.
Sure enough… looking at the cortisol test was High. In one of the thyroid tests, the ‘FREE T4’ test also came out Abnormal High.
Coincidently, the same day that I reviewed the labs I get an email from the dietitian, as the Dr. had sent her a copy of the labs, in her email she says:
“‘K’ does have an elevated T4 but her T3 is WNL. This is something I would keep an eye on especially if adrenals continue to be an issue. Still adrenal fatigue is an issue and definitely would be playing havoc with her performance.”
Again, very frustrating that the Dr. did not either understand or missed this and did not say a work.
In a little more than a week she has the appointment with the hematologist, for which, I have already written all my questions on paper. I am much more confident that with this Dr., issues will be dealt with properly and professionally.
First going to the Dr. in early June for these symptoms and getting the 1st blood test done… told everything normal, just rest…. then getting a copy of the blood labs and seeing she was iron deficient, and far from ‘normal’!
Then I pushed for a referral to a Sports Med. family physician, who supposedly is the best in our city… he refused to listen to me about the iron decency, the need for more testing for mononucleosis, possible thyroid issues, adrenal fatigue issues, etc.
He was adamant that even though all the symptoms and evidence pointed to the problems I mentioned and didn’t so much support his ‘diagnosis’ that he was standing by, that ‘K’ was suffering low Glycogen reserves from not eating properly and would refer he to a dietitian.
He said he based this on the fact that the last 2 or 3 female athletes that came in to see him over the year complaining of fatigue was given the same diagnosis, referred to a dietitian… and they never came back, so it must have been correct!.
Then, after doing some more research, I took ‘K’ back to her regular Dr. and pushed for more extensive blood tests, and the ones that the Sports Dr. refused.
From both of the blood tests:
Tested very low (17) Serum Ferritin (iron deficient)
Tested Positive for mononucleosis (recent, severe)
Tested Positive for Thyroid (elevated T4) issues
Tested Positive for Adrenal Fatigue
Considering that the symptoms started towards the end of May, continued to worsen… especially as the weather became hotter, she became very heat sensitive too.
I can only wonder how the blood labs would have looked had they done all of them at the beginning of June, especially the Cortisol test (adrenal fatigue) and the thyroid tests,?when first asked for?