I hadn’t shared with you all how bad it had gotten for me.
From random trembles in my hands, rapid beating of my heart, pressure in my head, trying to control my breathing and sometimes even crying. It was happening more regularly these last 2 months or so.
Something was up and I knew it.
I’m obsessively aware of my body, but this was more than me just worrying too much. This was more than me not being content. This was something different.
Something was helping these symptoms come along and I had tried to pinpoint it myself. I prayed and asked God for direction…”Go to the doctor,” was my answer.
After a pretty bad panic attack that came over me out of nowhere, it resulted in my best friend having to pray me calm over the phone. I knew then that I needed to go to the doctor because this anxiety was getting out of hand.
I went to the doctor on a Tuesday. Explained my anxiety symptoms to him and after a consultation and evaluating me, he ordered blood work. He wanted to check my iron and Vitamin D levels.
- “Vitamin D deficiency is very common in African American women. The darker you are, the more melanin you have and the harder it becomes for your body to naturally absorb Vitamin D from the sun.”
He went on to explain that a Vitamin D deficiency can also effect the serotonin levels in your brain. Causing them to fluctuate. This can affect the mood, causing depression or sometimes, anxiety symptoms. Usually the anxiety symptoms are triggered by the fear of feeling unusual.
For more on what serotonin is click HERE.
We did the blood work and after less than a week, my results came back. The iron levels were stable. However, my Vitamin D levels were low. Vitamin D stable levels are usually between 20-50. My levels are at a 12. Yikes! I am going to have to get MORE SUN! And also take the recommended Vitamin D3 supplements every day.
Im sharing this with you because it’s important to know that your mental health and wellness is just as important as your physical health.
I was hesitant to go to the doctor because I didn’t want to be put on any meds for anxiety. If you know me, you know I’m all about natural remedies. However, after praying and breathing techniques for weeks, and still feeling odd, I knew it was necessary.
As a black woman it is very necessary for me to be informed on things that may affect me that don’t affect all races the same.
I’m glad to know that my anxiety symptoms will subside.
All I needed was some D.
For tips to make sure you’re getting enough D – click HERE!
*I am not a medical professional and this post is not meant to diagnose any symptoms you may be experiencing. If you are experiencing abnormal anxiety or any other health issues, consult a doctor.