I have been told that my serum ferritin is on the low side after a routine "well woman" blood test. At the test I asked if my serum ferritin could be done as I have been feeling tired lately and I don't eat red meat and have heavy periods. I suspected I may be slightly anaemic. My serum ferritin is 14. I understand this is the low end of the normal range. The GP has suggested iron supplements. She said to get the ones over the counter in the pharmacists. I looked among the vitamin ranges on the shelves of the floor and saw an iron supplement 14mg for just over £3 for 60 tablets. It said it was 100% RDA. Having read back on some other anaemia posts- it looks like people are prescribed larger doses. I have an appt with my GP at the end of next week and will check with him the dose I should be taking. If you have had a low serum ferritin- what were you prescribed? Is a ferritin level of 14 low if you are a runner- I am guessing it may explain tiredness during training? How long after starting the correct iron supplement should I start feeling less tired. Any advise much appreciated.
Exactly the same happened to me several months ago. It was really q scary.......I had been sitting at a computer for around 1.5hrs leaning mainly to the side that developed the foot drop. When I tried to stand up- my right leg just gave way. I tried 3 x and each time the leg gave way and I fell. When I eventually stood up and walked- my foot was flopping to the ground. You could hear the "flop" sound as I walked. I was worried I had had a stroke or something major was wrong. Went to GP. I couldn't flex my foot up. The GP did a neurological exam and sent me to A and E. To cut a v long story short- I was eventually given an MRI scan to exclude a prolapsed disc. This came back normal. The diagnosis was of acute foot drop due to pressure on a nerve. I was given a rigid foot splint to wear all the time xpt at night. This stopped the foot from dropping. The hospital provided me with this and it fitted q easily into my training shoe. I was told it could take 6-8weeks for nerve to recover. BUT After 9 days of wearing the splint- the foot recovered. I could walk normally but was advised to ease back gently into running and not to rush it.
So the answer to your questions- yes foot drop has happened to me
- I think it will settle naturally if it is just due to transient pressure on a nerve
- Mine settled in 9 days with me wearing a foot splint to stop the foot from dropping. It can take longer to settle according to the consultant I saw.
You will know yourself I am sure, if your foot drop recovers fully to allow you to run your marathon. I hope for your case- it recovers as swiftly as mine did. I am now very careful not to sit for extended periods of time on a hard chair! I did not know such a thing as foot drop could happen due to pressure on a nerve caused by sitting/crossing legs.
Yes......it sounds like a fungal infection. I have 2 white nails that are infected. They are causing me no bother- are just unsightly and the nails are q thick. The GP prescribed me a topical liquid to paint on the nails and told me it could take a year of regular application to clear. I opted not for oral medication- as I am on other medication that antifungals interact with when given orally. I saw a chiropodist too. He said the nails were too thick for the topical antifungal to penetrate. As a result- I still have the discoloured nails..........
I had a bursitis of my heel - it was painful. GP stuck a sterile needle in and drew out fluid with a syringe. It was still tender and podiatrist cut a hole in chiropodist felt to put around the bursa area. This allowed me to run until the bursa cleared. I must stress that what the GP did didn't actually draw out that much fluid. I think the hole in the felt and the padding around the hole helped. I had to stop running for 2-3 days only. I then kept changing the felt - the podiatrist gave me several pieces with holes in. Not sure if you could do this in a big toe though! Perhaps see if GP can draw out any fluid??
PS I wouldn't lance the bursa yourself- just incase you get an infection.