I have been feeling really 'off' this past few days. It's hard to explain, precisely, but it's a combination of lightheaded-ness, breathlessness, this weird breath work (almost like a double inhale when I lie down) and a tingling in my legs and arms. Added to that a headache and just a feeling of weakness everywhere, and it's not been the most enjoyable time. Yesterday at the gym I was on the elliptical and noted how much I was slowing down. I usually do 6-7 miles with not much effort, but yesterday everything was off. I struggled with a VERY slow 6 miles and kept on slowing right down to bring my heartbreat down.
Needless to say I was a little worried and didn't workout today! But this morning, after feeling pretty good, I was in class and suddenly felt very faint. I was in the middle of lecturing and out of the blue I felt a sharp pain in my abdomen and started to feel heavy and dizzy. The tingling in my legs and arms was quite disconcerting and I found myself burning up. I caught my breath and sat down to finish the lecture. How fitting that we were discussing healthcare delivery :)
I ended up calling the Dr's and since Deb was not there I saw another Dr. We did some blood pressure readings in various positions and they changed by quite a bit. My pressure lying down seemed very low and what was most notable - apparently - was the relative shift between that reading and the standing reading. I had some blood work done to check my thyroid (not sure why), blood sugar (I think!) and a blood count... I think that perhaps I could be slightly anemic, or something.
I don't think it's anything serious but the Dr. asked me to take a few days off - which means no work and no exercise, etc. At least it's not complete bed rest. Honestly, though, while I don't mind missing a department meeting (!) I could go out of my mind as I am not known for my ability to sit still!! So, expect updates every 10 minutes.... !