|September 26, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Deep Stuff, Topic Posts|
Happy Monday friends!! How has the start of your week been? Good I hope!
I started my day with banana oatbran pudding with blueberries and homemade cinnamon raisin PB (recipe tomorrow!):
I love this breakfast because I get up, put it on straight away, then go and get ready and when I’m finished I come back and it’s done! I love it!!
The big part of my Monday included going to the sports doctor to get my bone stress injury sorted. And voila:
The bad news: No Royal Parks half marathon in 13 days. To be honest, I knew this already, so it wasn’t a big shock, but it’s still a bit of a disappointment!
The good news: I should be able to run/walk on grass for a short time once or twice this week. Hey, I’ll take what I can get!
So what caused all this bone stress jazz? Well I mentioned it in passing, but I’ve gotten a lot of questions about my period issues, so I thought I’d tell my story properly!
*Disclaimer*: From here on out, this post is about my period. Just a warning in case you don’t wish to read about it, and that is perfectly fine! And to all men I know, (DAD!), stop reading now please and thank you.
It all started about 2 years/18 months ago, when my period, which I’ve been having since I was 11, gradually lightened over a few months and then stopped altogether. At first, it was awesome. NO MORE GIRL TROUBLES WAHOO!! I just figured it would come back next month. But it never did.
And here’s the thing: at this time running was not in my life. Neither was exercise or healthy food. I was about 35lbs heavier than I am now. So it is NOT because of my diet/exercise habits!
So after about a year or so of not having a period, I went to see the doctor. At this point, I was restricting a lot and exercising and losing weight, but I was at a healthy weight at the time, and regardless my period had stopped a long time before all that, so it wasn’t a cause.
First came the blood and hormone tests. All fine. Then came the ultrasounds. This was the interesting bit, not because it revealed anything specific about the period mystery, but that I actually have two wombs. I know, I’m weird!
I’m currently still having tests done to try and find out what is causing this, but the doctors have no idea! They think it MIGHT be linked to the two wombs thing, but they’re not sure. Under their advice, I’ve tried all sorts of ways to get it back (the Pill, weight gain, eating more fats, etc.) but nothing has worked.
The problem is that it is now affecting my bone density, which is why I got the bone stress injury.
Of course, because I am having bone density issues and amenorrhea, and also because I run and am a vegan, the thing I hear first with every doctor/consultant I see is ‘Female Athlete Triad’. But it is not. I do NOT have disordered eating habits at all any more, and neither did I at the time it stopped.
So basically, in my case, it is a mystery. And I hope it is resolved soon for the sake of my bones especially!
And if you are having a similar problem, my biggest piece of advice is that you see a doctor as soon as you can. I left it a year, and I shouldn’t have. The sooner you get it checked out, the better.
I hope this cleared things up a bit for those of you who were confused, and didn’t freak y’all out too much! I’ll be back tomorrow with WIAW!
Any thoughts? Or have you ever had any problems with your period, or any bone density issues?