I awoke to a terrifying experience. With compromised equilibrium and extreme fatigue, it seemed there was no way to make it through the day. Relive the solution with me.
Sensing a nutritional problem, I stumble to the kitchen. Dehydration can produce vertiginous symptoms. So I drink a full glass of water with magnesium (500 mg), B-complex, and sublingual B12 (1000 mg) vitamins. While waiting for that to kick in, a fresh cup of coffee is brewing. Though caffeine is a diuretic sedative, it can initially function as a stimulant. It is also an ingredient in some migraine-relief NSAIDs. All the vitamins and caffeine are offset with more water.
The next logical nutritional deficiency is protein. Still weak from fatigue, I prepare an egg, meatless sausage, and toast to have with my coffee. Afterwards, I lay down for a couple of hours to allow time for nutrients to get through my system. Still feeling fatigue, an afternoon appointment cancellation is eminent. While consuming a Cliff bar with 20 grams of protein, my symptoms fade. During my appointment, others wonder why I have so much energy.
Clues To Nutritional Remedy
Most people equate malnutrition with emaciation and starvation. Actually, we can eat pretty frequently and still be malnourished. Malnutrition is often used to specifically refer to undernutrition, where an individual is not getting enough calories, protein, or micronutrients.
On the surface, it might appear that Cliff bar is the sole solution to fatigue. No doubt it helped, but delve further. Assessing the situation reveals that the fatigue began in the afternoon prior to skipping nightly medication. Rather than succumbing to fatigue the next morning, it was attacked with nutrition. Several vitamin deficiencies can cause fatigue. Having symptoms begin the prior evening and not being satisfied with a full night’s rest was a clue.
Regular exercise is important. If you have enough energy, walking is sometimes a beneficial remedy for fatigue. In my situation, going for a walk was not an option because of disorientation.
What Blood Tests Reveal
This is not the only incident of extreme fatigue in recent months. A complete blood count (CBC) test reveals a couple of anomalies that can result in anemia, cold hands and feet, dizziness, and fatigue.
Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin Concentration (MCHC) normal range for adults is between 33 and 36 g/dL. My MCHC, at 30.6, is borderline low, but not officially low, which is below 28 g/dL.
My corresponding Mean Corpuscular Volume (MCV) is slightly elevated at 99.2 fL. For adults, it should be between 80–100 fL (Femtoliters). Higher than normal MCV indicates that red blood cells are too large (Macrocytosis). The cells could rupture easily as they pass through tiny capillaries. Some causes are iron, vitamin B12 or folic acid deficiencies.
It is easy for vegetarians to become temporarily malnourished. This is why it is good to have vitamins, protein bars, and protein powder in the pantry. My body evidently had insufficient protein. Vitamin B12 and folate decrease, which doctors prescribe for me, is the root cause of my condition. This may not be the remedy for everyone, but the example demonstrates the role of nutrition in remaining healthy.
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