Still Reporting Dizziness

Not a ton to recap from my running week… I’m still experiencing a lot of dizziness and brain fog. And yes, I realize I should go to the doctor, but I HATE going to doctors. Here’s where I rant a little…

I once read that the difference between eastern and western medicine* is this:
Eastern: Treating patients with problems.
Western: Treating problems in patients.

I believe this statement, 100%. It is very very very VERY rare when I’ve come away from a doctor’s appointment feeling glad that I went. Most of the time I feel like I wasted my time and money by paying a co-pay and sitting in a waiting room for so long to see a doctor for a few minutes. And most of the time I leave feeling a little guilty, because doctors always seem to act like they’re rushed and like I’m taking time out of their day, like I’m a nuisance. I’m very quick to take blame upon myself, even for things that aren’t my fault. So when the doctor acts this way, I feel like I’ve done something wrong. I usually realize after that I am fully justified to expect a doctor to listen to me when I make an appointment, but post-appointment isn’t the time for that realization.

So anyway, I keep living in a fog. Some days the pressure in my head seems to lift once I start running, only to settle back in later on. Other days that feeling prevents me from having a good run, like yesterday when I could only eek out a little over 4 miles on the treadmill because my head felt like it was stuck in a vice. It’s really a weird sensation, it’s hard to think through new things and I feel like I have to concentrate super-hard to do seemingly simple things… like driving or walking.

I did wrap up another week where I got 6 quarter-mile barefoot runs done. They were all done at 5.0 mph once again. But after 2 weeks of barefooting at that speed, I think I’m going to bump it up a notch… probably 5.2 mph! I’m taking it short and slow so as to avoid injury. The whole point of this is to just build strength in my lower legs & feet, plus raise awareness of my gait. I’ll repeat, I have no dreams of running long distances or races or outside barefoot right now. šŸ™‚

Here are the week’s running iPhone self-portraits.
02-01-2010 Run 02-03-2010 Run 02-04-2010 Run 02-06-2010 Run

*In this case, Eastern vs. Western means more in terms of a global perspective, not US coasts, if you were confused. šŸ˜‰


  1. I’m so sorry to hear that your head is still feeling funny. Do you have any hypothesis’s of what might be going on? Could it be your sinuses? I only say that because I have had the worst sinus infection for the last couple of days and it seriously felt like my head was in a vice! Ask around before you go to the doctor and maybe find one that is highly recommended so you aren’t wasting your money. I hope you feel better soon girl!

  2. The thing I love about Eastern Medicine (and a more holistic approach) is the idea of treating the WHOLE person: body, mind and soul. I fully believe they are interconnected and I wish more Western doctors didn’t only focus on the physical.

    • You’re right, I also believe they’re interconnected. I do have to give my MD credit in that she is always telling me to reduce my stress levels because that can affect me physically. My gripe is when she basically tells me to relax, take it easy, get a massage and chill out then brushes me off after that. I just don’t know how to do all those things! (Well, I know how to get a massage….)

  3. Jill – so sorry to hear that you are still struggling with your “fogginess” – I hope it is not that you are regaining your previous sanity and will no longer be distance running …. as you know I’m on record stating that we’re all a little nuts to love doing what we do so much.

    Seriously though – just take this as a nice opportunity to take a break from training and come back even stronger – I think it’s good once in awhile to back off and allow all that hard work to pay off and make us “big and strong” – those opportunities are rare to come by, so try to enjoy it and hopefully this will be short-lived.

    Best from Austin,


    • I don’t think I could quit the drug that is distance running. In fact, feeling foggy has made me crave that drug even more but I can’t get that “fix” when I feel this off! But you’re right, sometimes these moments do allow our bodies to absorb everything we’ve been working on for so long. Thanks for the reminder and the kind words!

  4. I feel the same way about doctors! Total waste of time and I always feel stupid for going. But then we are told to go when we feel we need to. Tough call- however, I think you would do well seeing either a neurologist or ENT. I suffered in HS from dizziness and I will say, the neurologist was spot on and really helpful!

    • Thanks for the advice, I will keep that in mind as I finally bite the bullet and start pursuing some kind of medical advice! But I’m glad to know I’m not alone in my dislike of going to doctors.

  5. THe East/West statement is very true. I think for the most part the West are pill pushers (not always) while eastern medicine is much more holistic!

  6. Sorry about the fogginess! I hope you’re able to find some relief. My primary used to be an osteopath and I loved her. Then she dropped my insurance and I couldn’t afford to go anymore šŸ˜¦

    Good luck!

  7. I have to wonder if you have a thyroid issue. A friend of mine had this develop shortly after having a baby ( I know you haven’t just had a baby, but still…) and she had horribly brain fog. She would be driving along and wonder if she had the kids in the car with her, and have to turn around to look. She forgot where she was going sometimes, and had a lot of trouble concentrating. She was diagnosed as being severely hyper-thyroid. Anyway, something to look into. You need to get this checked out, Jill-girl.

    • I actually DO have a thyroid issue. I have been on Synthroid for years for hypothyroidism. And I suppose it is very possible for it to have made some changes, one way or the other. Guess I have to drag myself to the doc!

  8. i agree 100% on the doctor-visit’s. i used to think it was kind of hokey, but now i am much more open to holistic types of medicine. i don’t like how most modern medicine is aimed at treating one sympton, one problem. our bodies are much more complicated than that – everything is connected so a trouble spot here may be caused by something going on over there…

    anyway. sorry to hear you’re still feeling the funk, but nice job getting in your feet-strengthening runs!

    • Spot on… a trouble spot in one place may actually be caused by something else. It’s something we hear in running literature (knee pain actually caused by hip problems, shin pain caused by foot problems, etc.) and I definitely think it’s gotta hold true in the body overall for a wide range of medical issues.

  9. Smart girl taking it easy with the barefoot running distance. My coworker overdid it at first with the VFFs and then she paid for it with a lot of pain. I don’t think you could run barefoot around here – right now it’s too cold and when it’s warm out, well they’d turn into bloody stumps with all the rocks and other crap on the ground. I wouldn’t do it!

    I hope the dizziness subsides soon.

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