I used to blame my pregnancy on being tired and achy all the time. But here I am four months postpartum and I still feel tired and achy pretty much every day. I experience fatigue, bloating, cramping, nausea, headaches, itchy skin and eyes, and joint and muscle aches on a daily basis. Frankly, I'm tired of living like this. I'm only in my early 30s; I should be feeling vibrant and alive, not the complete opposite.
When I brought up my concerns with my doctor a few years ago, she pretty much just said I feel so miserable because I'm overweight. She encouraged me to exercise and eat better and sent me on my way.
Believe me - I am well aware that I am carrying extra baggage. And I have definitely tried to lose the excess weight. Before my wedding, I was exercising and eating right, and I only lost a total of 6 pounds in a 6-month period. Last year, I was working out with a personal trainer and eating better, and I only lost 7 pounds in a 4-month period. No matter how much effort I put into it, I can't seem to lose the many pounds I desperately need to shed.
At that last doctor's visit, I was really hoping that she would run some tests, like checking my thyroid or searching for any food sensitivities. Instead she made me feel like I was nothing but a fat, tired, achy hypochondriac. So I ignored my symptoms and went on with life.
Now that I have ventured out on my wellness journey, however, I know I can't ignore my body's cries for help anymore. So I've decided to search for a new primary care doctor. One who will actually listen to my concerns and help me figure out what's wrong with me. (At least physically! lol) Then we can make a plan to address any issues, and I will be well on my way to a healthier version of myself.
My initial reaction is to seek out a naturopathic doctor, but unfortunately, my health insurance only covers conventional medicine interventions. My friend Chelle recommended I see a D.O. instead of an M.D. because their approach is more holistic. I think I'm leaning that way, but I need to find one with good recommendations first.
No matter what, it's my goal to get a physical - with a complete blood workup - by February 1st. I owe it to myself. And I so desperately want to feel better.