I’m currently suffering from increased shortness of breath, with very minimal exertion. Based upon the results of yesterday’s bloodwork, there are actually multiple reasons why this may be happening. As I suspected, I am anemic. I’m not surprised, given that I have been experiencing breakthrough bleeding, on a continuous basis, for the past six weeks. (I have previously been diagnosed with iron-deficiency anemia, and I’ve been taking ferrous sulfate supplements on a daily basis).
My hypothyroidism is also not currently under optimal control; this could also be contributing to my shortness of breath. (Once again, my dose of thyroid replacement medication needs to be increased; this has happened multiple times, in the past two decades of having Hashimoto’s thyroiditis).
In addition, my subglottic stenosis appears to have worsened, based upon my increased, aggressive throat-clearing. Once more, I’m unspeakably grateful for my medical knowledge.
I simply can’t imagine navigating the complexity of my medical problems if I didn’t have an advanced knowledge base of medicine. I’m also grateful that I am comfortable being assertive about my healthcare. During my doctor’s appointment yesterday, I suggested that I be re-tested, to determine if I am still anemic. As it turns out I am anemic, even with iron supplementation.