Gastritis is a bitch

On Saturday afternoon we arrived home in Clearwater well rested but exhausted at the same time. Does that make sense?

vacation
Even though we were away from the day to day stresses of work we were still running around and doing all kinds of fun things with family which kept us quite busy. In 7 days I only had two of them when I had less than 20,000 steps a day. Obviously vacations are good for my fitness!

vacation planner

Sadly, I’m that girl…I plan all the activities down to the last detail.

Fortunately vacation never really feels like working out but I guess we did do a lot of walking around at the drum circle and going from restaurant to gift shops and I did run a lot on the trail. Here are some highlights.

Shell hunting

MacGyver teaching our niece how to find sharks teeth.

ferrari

Oh, how I wish but no, that is not MacGyver’s ferrari., even worse, it’s not mine either….

 

Gator

The closest I like to be to a gator. It’s a safe bet I would have no problem eating this one.

me and lynne

Me and the beauty behind the damsel fly project

the family

The family enjoying the drum circle.

 

sheephead

Remember when I said gone fishin’, I meant it!

 

Me and Hanky poo

A little puppy love.

On Friday I had an appointment with my doctor to once again discuss my headaches as well as my recent stomach troubles. Turns out I have a case of gastritis, an infection, and a possible ulcer. I’m on 2 types of antibiotics and an H2 blocker which helps to cut down on the excess stomach acid.

I started the medications late Saturday night. They do tend to make me nauseous and they also give me a headache, (how’s that for irony) but that’s not the worst part, antibiotics can also cause dehydration.  Depending on whether they affect your potassium, sodium or calcium, you can experience muscle cramps, fatigue, an irregular heart beat and even changes in your blood pressure. And guess what, I happen to be one of those people who always gets dehydrated while taking antibiotics.  In fact, I get dehydrated without them so it’s like a double whammy for me.

I vowed not to let it happen this time and I drank so much water I drank I had to get up to pee 6 times during the night. For that reason I cut my Sunday long run to 8 miles. Apparently even that was too long because I ended up with a migraine so I may have to cut back on the long runs for the next month because yes, I’ll be on the medication for at least that long. I won’t even know the extent of my stomach problems until I see a specialist and I’m sure there will be more test so I’ll be taking extra care not to do any more harm.

Dehydration is no joke and neither is gastritis, even though I’ve been able to get even with MacGyver with my own dutch oven’s.  😉

dutch ovenThat being said, I’ll still be running just maybe not as long as I’d like to. And now, I need to get myself  to work.

Tell me about your weekend, did you do anything fun?
Have you ever had an ulcer or gastritis? How long did it take to heal?

Proving once again, I am at times, my own worst enemy.

I’m not dead. In fact, I was back to feeling around 50% by Friday nite, and by Saturday I was fine. Very little stomach pain. No cold sweats, and I no longer felt as if I were going to pass out.

I didn’t want to push myself though so I split up my long run into two runs. I ran 11 miles Saturday and 11 more on Sunday. Today is a rest day and thankfully, I still feel fine.

So what happened and why did I feel as if I were going to die? (And for the record, I did come very close to dialing 911, the pain was that bad.) The truth of the matter is that I still do not know for sure what happened but I do have a hypothesis.

hypothesis
You may remember a while back ago, I mentioned I had low Vitamin D levels. Since that time, I’ve taken Vitamin D in small doses.

Last week I read an article about how it’s really very hard to get too much vitamin D and that we really need much, much more than we realize. It also stated that if you’ve ever been tested and it was determined that you are deficient, you may need more than the recommended dose to get your levels back to normal.

The article suggested using a ratio of 25 times your body weight. So, based on that, I upped my dosage from 400 IU’s a day to 3,000 IU’s. For the record, the recommended daily dose is 600 IU’s.

This was the only change in my diet or exercise routine last week. It was also the only thing I could think about on Saturday morning at 4:30 am and so when I realized I was NOT going to get back to sleep, I got up and I googled this:

“Vitamin D causing Severe Stomach pain with cold sweats and near fainting”

Here is an excerpt of the results from everydayhealth.com:

An overdose of vitamin D can cause serious or life-threatening side effects.

Vitamin D for Danger

VITAMIN D-ANGER

Overdose symptoms may include headache, weakness, drowsiness, dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, constipation, muscle or bone pain, metallic taste in the mouth, weight loss, itchy skin, changes in heart rate, loss of interest in sex, confusion, unusual thoughts or behavior, feeling unusually hot, severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back, or fainting. You can read more here.

Now, obviously Google is not a good doctor and one should NEVER use google for medical advice, which is why I am scheduling an appointment to follow-up with a doctor asap. In the meantime, I have discontinued the vitamin d supplements because if that is indeed what caused the incident, I’d rather be deficient than dead, just saying.

vitamin overdose

Have you ever over dosed on a vitamin or some other seemingly safe substance?

Have you ever taken advice from an article only to regret it? (Sometimes reading is dangerous for me….)

I think someone just shot me…

TGIF! Better late than never, right?

As you may know, MacGyver’s parents are here and we are having a lot of fun. We went out for a birthday dinner last night at Shephards on the beach. They have awesome buffet with all the crab legs and prime rib you can eat and it’s been one of MacGyver’s favorite places for years. They’ve recently remodeled and the price has gone up, and they no longer offer a regular menu, so if you’re local you may want to factor that in before you go. The buffet however is still insanely good.

chinesebuffet

This morning MacGyver had to go to work. Since today was a rest day for me, I got up very early and took the parents to the weigh and pay!

…and they loved it! Bargain hunting in its lowest form, it was shit tons of fun. As we were leaving, I got a stomach pain. It was sharp, but intermittent, so I ignored it and we went to Mazzaro’s.

Big mistake.

And that is exactly what it felt like...

And that is exactly what it felt like…

I broke out in a cold sweat and nearly passed out. Somehow I managed to make it to a chair outside where I sat for a moment while the parents picked up our food. Then my father-in-law drove us home. I was in the backseat sweating bullets.

When we got back to my house all I wanted to do was lay down and that’s what I did. I feel about 80% better now but it’s definitely time to schedule a checkup!

Hope you have a fantastic weekend.

What’s the worst pain you’ve ever experienced?