Issues: Menstruation/Bones/Vitamins/Supplements.... :/
First, let me tell you about some things I am experiencing. I have noticed that I get muscle fatigue easily, and sometimes I will get this swollen feeling in my lower extremities, like my calves/thighs are enlarged. It doesn't seem like the typical "afterburn." It goes away usually if I stay off my legs, but it's bothersome. I am not lifting heavy at the moment, so it's not really expected.
Also, I lost my period in 2008. I am by no means underweight, and I was not at the time either. It was when I started to get really serious about fitness. I worked out about 4-5 days/week, each workout no more than an hour. I lifted heavy and did sprints. Ever since then, I stopped lifting so heavily, but the periods never came back. My periods were always regular and normal, then just gradually got lighter and ceased completely. I went for blood tests, and I went through a trial of progesterone. It induced a period, but I stopped taking it because I didn't want to be on hormonal replacement. I also went on estrogen in addition to progesterone for some time, and I stopped that too. So I have not been on any hormonal replacement.
Another problem is my bone density. I was concerned about the lack of estrogen, and I went for a BMD test, and it showed that I have osteopenia.
I don't know what to do. Should I go back on the estrogen/progesterone regimen? I hate to have to take exogenous hormones, but I don't know what else to do. My insulin is in check, so PCOS is ruled out.
I also want to mention that I do have antibodies against my thyroid (Hashimoto's), but it is minimal and has not led to hypothyroidism. Doctor said that in the future though, it might lead to full out hypothyroidism.
I would like some advice on supplements and vitamins I should be taking. I am currently not taking any right now. I do think I should probably get a multivitamin. I am reading a lot about Vitamin D on here, and probably should supplement with that as well, especially since I live in Michigan. I am really wondering about other minerals/vitamins too, but there is so much information out there, and I just would like some clear advice. I am not taking any Calcium, although I probably should for my bones. Honestly, I am lazy when it comes to taking supplements. I find it bothersome. I also am considering chondroitin/glucosamine, anybody have experience with this? Do you think it makes a difference?
I know this is a lot to read, but any input on anything that I've put out here would be helpful.
Oh, and let me add about my nutrition. I have always been on the low carb side. I actually was a very overweight teen, and I went on Atkins...lost about 70 lbs. from the age of about 13 to 18 years old I would say. Since that time, I still work on my body composition and nutrition, and that's how I got here. I have been doing good so far. A little slip ups, but that is not the issue for this post.
Thanks for your time.
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