Blood Test Options

Hello FasCater’s,

So I have found my GP doctor to be less than helpful, not surprised. He is really nice but more and more I find GP’s to be not as needed and have found more success with naturopaths when I need help fixing a problem I have. However I have been an endurance athlete for almost two decades now either running or cycling. With that I have low blood pressure, typically before coffee around 85 or 90 over 50 or 55, had issues with light headedness, have passed out due to blood pressure, but seemed to have had things under control for a while. Then over the last few months a few things have popped up that made my radar sort of go off but my GP doesn’t seem concerned. I have had more issues with dizziness and light headedness, sometimes even while riding the trainer, I donated blood and my hemoglobin on one hand was almost too low to donate, I have been exhausted more often than not, increased cramping/muscle fatigue while riding and more often than not GI issues.

I just went in and he seemed less than concerned, just asked if I drink enough water and maybe try Flonase to see if clearing my sinuses more would help. I asked for a blood test and it was just that, no metabolic panel, vitamin leves, etc. Has anyone ever used one of the test from athletebloodtests or another service to get a more comprehensive view of what is going on? I just want to make sure it is strictly me just being punch drunk from the stress of 2020 on top of increased training load versus something else. I tend to feel that because I am deemed healthy compared to most people who are in with a GP that it isn’t that big of a deal.

Wluld.lpve to get your input before pulling that $400 trigger. Thanks!

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There was a Whoop podcast a while back where the guest talked some about annual labs useful to athletes. I’m guessing it’s this one but I’m not 100% sure

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Hey @pam.power !

So as an RD, the red flag went up when you said that your hemoglobin was low. All of the symptoms you describe, including the GI issues are symptoms of iron deficiency anemia – and ones that people generally just shrug off as being caused by a busy lifestyle. Moreover, female athletes are much more prone to iron deficiency than men (menstruation + iron losses through exercised induced mechanisms). With that said, I would highly recommend going and getting a full blood count so that they can look at your ferritin levels.
If it is iron deficiency, that is an area that a dietitian can help you in, especially if you are vegetarian or vegan.

If nothing comes back from that, I would look into a naturopath and/or getting thyroid tests done. Remember, you know your body better than anyone else – dont let a doctor convince you everything is fine if you do not feel like yourself. In the end it will be worth the money you spend to get yourself back to normal :hugs:

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Thank you @Lacey_Rivette for sort of confirming my concerns. I called the office back to request additional workups. And actually Friday I had an eye doctor check up and some other things came up and she wants to check on potential for Sjogren’s. I have had chronic dry eyes for probably 12-13 years and just want to rule out any AI issues to find a way to get my eyeballs tearing up more normally. :slight_smile: Getting older is so much fun…

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Funny enough, I have Mixed Connective Tissue Disease (MCTD) which includes sjogrens. If you ever want to reach out to talk about that kind of stuff, I am more than happy to share my experience with it all!