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post #1 of 21 Old 11-07-2010, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
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Goodbye Riding ( For a few weeks )

Recently as some members of the forum know I have been rather sick, including fainting, dizziness and being completely exhausted. Yesterday I gave Chinga a small work out at pony club, afterwards I then slept for a whole 15 hours and woke up tired. Falling asleep in the car on the way home from Pony Club and not being able to even stay awake after 6 pm and not being able to complete small activities. Saturday morning I had gotten blood tests ( the day before ) and this had resulted in me fainting, twice. Both times I had felt extremely dizzy, light headed, everything was black and lost hearing. I then woke up on the floor, which both times the doctor had instructed my dad to lay me down on the floor, which I had nodded in agreement with. I remember none of this, just waking up on the floor.

So now, for the next few weeks at the least I am no longer allowed to do any physical activities. Including riding. As a solution for this I have asked a few of the riders who I look up to (including my coach) to school my horse while I am unable to ride.

Also this is why I have not been on facebook or horse forum much recently as I have been to tired to log on, or even type out posts. Recently I have barely been to school and only attended a few days over the past three weeks.

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post #2 of 21 Old 11-07-2010, 08:13 PM
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Get some rest and get well soon!
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post #3 of 21 Old 11-07-2010, 08:54 PM
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I wonder was anything deduced from the blood tests? Did Doc give you anything other than, "Rest a lot."?
let us know how you are doing, if you were my kid, I would be worried. But , I am a natural born worrier. Rest a lot!
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post #4 of 21 Old 11-07-2010, 09:21 PM
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Hope you get better!

Did the doctor give you a diagnosis? This sounds pretty serious to just get a "Get plenty of rest" from your doctor.
Either way, make sure you rest and get to feeling better.
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post #5 of 21 Old 11-07-2010, 09:49 PM Thread Starter
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Hey, the first set of blood tests came back with nothing to go by, everything was fine there, I recently took a trip to the cardiologist and they did heart ultrasounds, ect. The doctor said to basically keep my hydration levels up, rest, ect until we know what we are looking at.

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post #6 of 21 Old 11-07-2010, 09:55 PM
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Well, I hope they find out whats wrong soon, so they can get you back in good health.
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post #7 of 21 Old 11-08-2010, 12:43 AM
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Maddie, do you have a good diet? Make sure you are getting enough iron in your diet as low iron can cause these symptoms - although if this was the case it should have been picked up in your bloods. But just make sure you eat plenty of fresh food and drink at least 1.5L of water a day - I know I feel exhausted when I've had a week of binging on bad food and don't drink enough water!

You can also get to the point where you get too much sleep rather than not enough. 15 hours is too much sleep and you are just about guaranteed to feel tired after that, as silly as it sounds. Try going to bed at 9-9.30pm every night, and setting your alarm for 7.30-8am every morning. That gives you more than enough sleep, and also gets your body clock back to normal after a week or so, and usually you'll feel much more energised.
Make sure you get outdoors, just go and brush Chinga for a while, or even better go for a 30minute walk. Fresh air is fantastic!! Sitting inside all day 'resting' will make you even more tired!
Keep yourself busy with things to do, nothing strenuous, but just so you're not sitting in front of the computer all day or watching TV - again that will just make you tired! If you can't concentrate on something, get up and walk around for a few minutes then try to come back to it. Maybe do the task outside in the light and sunshine rather than under artificial house lights.

It really does sound like an iron deficiency to me, the dizzy spells, fainting and fatigue are all classic signs of not enough iron, I hope the DR is going to get a second lot of bloods done to double check, as often a first lot does not get a result back.
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post #8 of 21 Old 11-08-2010, 02:48 AM
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That would suck. Hope you get better soon!

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post #9 of 21 Old 11-08-2010, 08:23 AM
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Chinga, please please don't drive when you don't feel good! Ask someone to drive, call your relatives to come over and help you out. It's very dangerous (my co-worker got in accident just couple weeks before falling asleep in car and running into the parked truck).

Take a rest for while to relax and get back to normal. Chingaz not gonna run away, and you can't work him/you to the full potential anyway feeling sick. I wish you all the best, hope you'll restore very soon!
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post #10 of 21 Old 11-08-2010, 09:26 AM
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Have the looked into Mono?
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