Random Ailments

by tinareale on December 22, 2011

First off, thank you all for the support of my first vlog on cheat days and shifting our perspectives to a healthier balance with our food and exercise. It felt great to get it off my chest and so natural too.

What isn’t natural, though? The random ailments that have decided to plague me this past week.

Ever since Saturday of last week I have battled lots and lots of itching. Like, lots of itching. In the most random of places, even.

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It’s no fun. Trust me.

Besides the bottoms of my feet, I itch mainly on my neck, ears, palms, sides, where my bra hits under my chest, where my pants hit around my waist, and straight across my belly button. What drives me the most crazy? I itch like crazy but there is NO rash! It will get slightly red and inflamed looking after a shower or when scratching, with the occasional hive-like spot here or there, but it’s very sporadic and not always in the same places.

I immediately thought allergic reaction…but can’t pinpoint anything to have caused it. I haven’t been eating anything differently or using a new soap/detergent/shampoo/bodywash/lotion/etc.

Then, Lisa went and put this thought in my head.

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But there isn’t any sort of bumps or rash at all. I’m seriously hoping this isn’t it because that is just gross.

After spending some time on Google, another option came up. Hypothyroidism. I haven’t mentioned it on the blog, but within minutes of discussing other symptoms and things when I visited my doctor for my armpit a month ago she asked if I’ve ever been tested for hypothyroidism. I said no because it didn’t seem like something that would affect me. She insisted I get screened and I’m apparently “thisclose” to being classified as having an underactive thyroid. My first test levels were out of the normal range, but the more detailed test was still just within the normal range. I would never think of it as a problem for me, but this isn’t the first of crazy symptoms related to it that have popped up on me.

Guess I should take a trip to the doctor to let her know about my itching drama, regardless of the cause. It keeps getting worse…and I’m due to get another blood screen I was supposed to schedule anyways.

In addition to that, I also have a little issue going on with my foot.

After a run on Sunday, I noticed the middle outer portion of my left foot hurting. When I went to run this morning, I was fine the first 2.7 miles but then got hit with the same pain, suddenly and sharply. I immediately stopped the treadmill and went home to ice it, roll it across a rolling pin, and stretch out my calves (since I think its related to my anterior tibialis).

I plan on taking it off running for the rest of this week and maybe next to play it safe. I hope that heals it! I know running injuries happen, but I hope its something to get better sooner rather than later since I’m trying to be as proactive about it as possible. Always important to train SMART and LISTEN to your body. Especially since I have spent a couple nights this week trying to determine what races I want to do in 2012.

I know I plan to run this half marathon in mid-March.


Plus, I have quite a few more I would love to run. Let’s just say my race bucket list is growing at a rapid rate – along with my goal to run a full marathon. Yep, it’s still kicking.

So, that’s all to say that…Santa…

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Well…that…and maybe some new running shoes and calf compression sleeves and a race medal hanger. Winking smile

What’s on your wish list? Or any crazy ailments you’ve experienced lately?


1 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat December 22, 2011 at 7:42 am

My ankle injury from back in April still hasn’t let me run more than two miles at a time without pain – lower leg ailments STINK. Hope yours isn’t too serious!

2 Tina December 22, 2011 at 8:00 am

I hope you are feeling better soon Tina.

3 Holly December 22, 2011 at 8:09 am

I actually have the same kind of itching going on right now! I usually get it every winter. For me I think it’s a combination of dry skin, even though I put lotion on and the fact that I love to take hot showers…not a good combo. I too need to get to the dr. I haven’t had any blood work done since I was preggo with my youngest and that was 3 years ago!!

4 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table December 22, 2011 at 8:17 am

Ugh – you and me both! Hope everything clears up soon.

5 [email protected] December 22, 2011 at 8:17 am

Weird. The bottoms of my feet have been itching like mad lately too! I just figured it was because they were dry and I haven’t been wearing socks in the house.

6 Anne December 22, 2011 at 8:27 am

I’ve been super itchy lately too. I think mine is just dry skin and lack of lotioning. I’m with you on random ailments. I feel like something is always going on!

7 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes December 22, 2011 at 8:36 am

Hope everything is okay! I used to get random bumps and itches like that, I was allergic to corn pollen and cats! Your Christmas list is perfect :)

8 Mellissa December 22, 2011 at 8:58 am

Random ailments? A sinus infection for 3 weeks. It is time it goes away!

9 tinareale December 22, 2011 at 10:06 am

Ugh. Yea that is not cool. Hope you get your wish!

10 Kim @ girlevolving December 22, 2011 at 9:25 am

Have you been running outside? I had an issue with my outer left foot and it turned out it was from running on the street. The streets slope slightly for the gutters, so it was throwing off my gait and causing me to land on my outer left foot a little bit. I changed up my routes, ran on the opposite side of the road or the middle, and it cleared up!

11 tinareale December 22, 2011 at 10:06 am

Interesting. I usually run on sidewalks or greenway running paths though. I really wonder what it could be.

12 Christy December 22, 2011 at 9:27 am

Yikes! I have the same pain on the outside of my right foot. I took some time off and really stretched my calves, but still every time I run I get this pain. I have tried to read up online and now I am worried that it might be a stress fracture. But I really need to see the doctor first…Good luck! If you find anything that works, keep us posted!

13 jobo December 22, 2011 at 9:46 am

I had a test result say I had a touch of an underactive thyroid too…but then the next one was more normal. NO itching though. So strange. I hope they figure it out for you!!

14 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries December 22, 2011 at 9:53 am

oh man, itching drives me CRAZY. i hope you find out what’s going on soon! my feet bother me fairly often. i have a really high arch, so they ache really bad if i’m running a lot or don’t wear supportive shoes for a long period of time. it’s such a pain!

15 tinareale December 22, 2011 at 10:07 am

I have a high arch too and wonder about that. It’s so annoying not knowing what it is and just what to do to FIX it. Haha!

16 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 22, 2011 at 10:15 am

I hate random ailments like that where you can’t figure it out. I had an “itching” episode a few yrs ago that i thought was scabies at first too and my primary care physician even diagnosed it as that too. A bunch of creams later, it was still there. Ended up at a dermatologist who took skin samples and told me “atopic dermatitis” You know what that means? Basically, “skin rash.” Yeah, that’s helpful! ha!
My allergist finally just gave me a strong dose of prednisone and steroid creams and that kicked it. It could just be a skin rash that needs a “steroid” shock to the system to kick it. I’m not a doctor and hate advocating steroid use but this rash seems to plague me every spring and that’s the only way I can seem to get rid of it.
Good luck, the worst part is not knowing what the heck it is!

17 Kelly December 22, 2011 at 10:15 am

I have hypothyriodism and take medicine to control it. Parts of it can be very annoying but it is a very manageable disorder. Hope that isn’t it though. UGH!

18 Gena December 22, 2011 at 10:28 am

I’ve been reading your blog for a while now, and I had this feeling you were experiencing thyroid issues. I have two kids almost the same age as yours. I have recently been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and my doctor believes that I had postpartum thyroiditis after my first child (I had strange hyperthyroid symptoms,rapid weight loss, loss of cycle) that developed into hypothyroidism after my second was born. My hypothyroidism was discovered by some bizarre symptoms this time that could not be explained as stress or anxiety like the first time.

19 Michelle December 22, 2011 at 10:36 am

Oh man, itching like that is the WORST! I hope it’s NOT hypothroidism – but at the same time I hope you can figure out what’s causing it.

Definitely watch your foot. My peroneal tendonitis started as side foot/ankle/calf pain after a run and now it’s pretty constant. I hope all the stuff my sister-in-law just gave me helps!

20 Jess December 22, 2011 at 10:47 am

Oh nooo, I hope the itchy issues subside *and* that your foot feels better – very smart of you to skip running in the short term if it means avoiding an injury that could sideline you for much longer!! hang in there, friend!

21 Courtney December 22, 2011 at 11:14 am

Feel better! And a medal rack… what a great idea!

22 Shanna like Banana December 22, 2011 at 11:21 am

It could be foot and mouth disease…they say it only happens to toddlers, but I got it when I was 22 and benadryl worked wonders!

23 Amy Lauren December 22, 2011 at 12:16 pm

I don’t blame you to take a few days off running until you figure things out. Plus with all the races, your body might just need a break.

I itch during the winter too… it may not be anything super serious like thyroid. It could be changing detergents, changing soaps or body washes, or even just the colder air and taking hot showers. I’ve just always had some degree of dry skin so that’s what happened to me. But, I hope you find out what it is, and I agree it’s smart to go to the doc just in case.

24 Khushboo December 22, 2011 at 12:23 pm

I think I pulled a muscle on the bottom portion of my right leg- really hurting me. I miss running but the post pain is not worth it! For now I’m sticking to low impact workouts like the elliptical! Would you consider power walking low impact?

25 tinareale December 22, 2011 at 2:02 pm

I’ve been doing the elliptical which has been a good sub. :)

26 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List December 22, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Have you signed up yet? How much is it? I really want to do it. Maybe we could run together – or at least start out together – you might pass me.

27 tinareale December 22, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Its $75 before 12/31. I’m sending mine in as soon as I remember to print off my verification that I’ve run an under 1:50 half (to be seeded in a corral).

28 Kimberly December 22, 2011 at 1:07 pm

hey girl! Love the new site!! :)

For Christmas I wish for safe travels to all the families as always.

….and a new pair of running shoes wouldn’t hurt either! :) Mine are slowly degrading from the inside out! No bueno.

But the hubby just bought me a new laptop so I probably shouldn’t hold my breath ;)

29 Stacy @ Stacy Eats December 22, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Oh no! I hope you can figure out what’s causing the itching soon. My first thought would have been allergic reaction too.

30 Lee December 22, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Could it be this? I sometimes get super itchy when I run.


Just so you know, the price for the GA half goes up on 1/1.

31 Sara December 22, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Yikes! Hope you find out what the culprit of the itching is soon. Wishing you a very merry Christmas and an itch-free new year ;-)

32 Heather December 22, 2011 at 4:09 pm

I take thyroid medicine. Check out my thyroid story:


regular blood tests don’t always show the real thyroid results.
I am on meds for mine now and slowly getting better!

33 Tess @ Cross Country Cajun December 22, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Hope you get to feeling better soon and enjoy some relaxing over the holidays! The half course looks great – have you run that before? ATL is driving distance from me – might have to add that one to my 2012 race list!

34 Ari @ Ari's Menu December 22, 2011 at 5:39 pm

I’m sorry you’re feeling so icky!! If you find out that it is your thyroid and having any questions about meds or anything like that, I would be more than happy to help! I was diagnosed almost 2 years ago and went through a wide variety of med dosages and all that before seeing a specialist and getting it mostly (for the moment anyway) figured out. I had no idea how awful I was feeling until I felt better, so if it is your thyroid, it may be affecting you more than you realize. The good news is that meds help times a million. Hope you’re feeling much better soon!!

35 Kristen @ The Concrete Runner December 22, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Have you taken any ibuprofen lately? I had the exact same thing happen to me – itchy all over without a rash – and it turns out I was suddenly allergic to ibuprofen. I figured it out because I was training and took ibuprofen before a run without eating anything else. I haven’t had the problem since!

36 STUFT Mama December 22, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Hope you feel better soon! I have a foot pain that sounds very similar to yours. Not fun. I desperately need some new running shoes. Ugh. I should have put those on my Christmas list instead of a espresso maker. ha ha! Hugs!

37 melodie December 22, 2011 at 8:33 pm

My palms and the bottoms of my feet itched like crazy 2 winters ago. It was the most bizarre thing?! After a couple weeks it went away. I have NO idea what caused it!!! I hope your foot heals quickly! I have been side lined for weeks with a metatarsal fracture :(

38 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 22, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Thyroid is such a pain to deal with – but I honestly feel SO much better now that I’m on medication. I went through a lot last year emotionally deciding that going on meds was the best thing for me and my body, especially since I try to go a “natural” route whenever possible. I hope that you get everything figured out soon! <3 you!

39 [email protected] December 23, 2011 at 3:10 am

Oh god that sounds terrible; go and get your self checked out and keep us posted, I’d be interested to hear what the doctor has to say as I get random itching like you’ve just outlined…do you know if it can be associated with an over active thyroid as well?

Aside from the ailments are you all set for Christmas?

40 Anna Marie December 23, 2011 at 8:34 am

A healthy body and peace with eating is on my list! I want to complete the 30 Day Shred with Jillian Michaels and then complete P90X as my New yEar’s Resolution! I just started a new job so making it to regular work out classes has been difficult…I love spin classes though when I get the chance!!

41 Britta Kallevang December 23, 2011 at 10:53 am

Hey Tina-
I’m glad you’re going to the doctor. There is nothing worse than dealing with a random symptom that won’t go away. I always end up researching it on the internet, which usually only increases my anxiety. Itching could be practically anything! Most symptoms – like headaches and nausea – are also found on symptoms lists for cancer. Sometimes having access to unlimited amounts of info is really NOT a good thing. Also, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism several years ago, and never experienced itching as a symptom. Everyone is so different.

About your running injury… you’re probably already aware of any structural imbalances in your body given your education. But if not, I highly recommend seeing a good physical therapist. I had no idea previous to my glute injury that I had a pelvic tilt that likely caused all of my other previous injuries! It can save a lot of time and distress to get to the bottom of the issue if at all possible. And maybe this is your chance to get into yoga ;)

Have a Merry Christmas, Tina! Thanks for being such a positive force in my journey toward better health!


42 [email protected] for the Soul December 23, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Oh woww Tina, this is a lot of stuff to handle!! Although I’m pretty sure it’s stressful for you at this time especially from all the sudden ailments, I know and trust that the Lord is with you and that you will make sure that you hold on to Him! Keep us updated, and I’ll pray for your strange episodes <3

ps: Scabies…? they sound scaryyyy!!!!

43 [email protected] for the Soul December 23, 2011 at 1:46 pm

oh! And ask for prayer from people, lots of prayer! :)

44 Kirsten December 26, 2011 at 4:20 pm

I started getting intense pain in the same part of my left foot. As a personal trainer I was making a program for my friend with Achilles tendonitis and BAM, realized that I’m having anterior tibialis tendonitis symptoms. For the last two weeks I’ve been doing calf raises, toe lifts, and ankle eversion with a resistance band everyday, 3 sets of 12-15 of each exercise. That intense stabbing pain went away almost IMMEDIATELY and I can tell it is getting better and better as my foot is stronger. Try it!!

45 tinareale December 26, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Isn’t it great understanding the mechanics of the body. That’s what helped me figure out what I think is ailing me. I’ve actually been doing similar things (especially the toe lifts up against a stability ball) and it has been helping for sure. Thanks for the support Kirsten!

46 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine December 28, 2011 at 9:07 am

Ahh I just had to comment on this old post in my reader because one of my good friends just got scabies from her boyfriend!! I saw her on Monday night and was kind of majorly grossed out and didn’t want to sit next to her. I’m mean, haha. Hope you had an incredible Christmas!

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