I went back to the doctor (a week after being prescribed iron tablets) because I had no energy – less than before – severe constipation and was falling asleep at work.
A quick urine test later and I was written off work for a week, prescribed antibiotics and told to see a kidney specialist for an ultrasound.
My work-free week went hand-in-hand with instructions to rest, sleep as much as my body wanted, drink lots of water and eat ‘light food’. No drafts. No swimming. Nothing physically strenuous allowed.
She also recommended I drink half a litre of buttermilk every evening before bed and take ‘stomach-soothing-medicine’ before meals.
Oh yeah, and to give the iron tablets a break.