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Old 08-24-2009, 09:47 AM   #1
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Can anemia cause intense lower leg aches?

For several weeks now in addition to being extremely fatigued, my legs have been achy below my knees. The aches do not concentrate in one spot but migrate. In the last couple of weeks, I started having aches in my arms, too. I have been taking iron supplement for two weeks now but I feel worse not better. My ferritin level is 7. Has anyone with iron deficiency anemia experienced intense leg aches?

 
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Old 08-25-2009, 11:04 AM   #2
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Re: Can anemia cause intense lower leg aches?

hi when i started taking iron, i also had lots of pain in my legs ,shooting pains ,also developed restless leg,the leg pain went in a couple of weeks,hope this helps shirley

 
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Old 08-25-2009, 01:05 PM   #3
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Re: Can anemia cause intense lower leg aches?

Thank you, Shirley! I actually finally feel better today after 5-6 weeks of constant aches and extreeeeme fatigue. I have been taking iron for 2 weeks now. Maybe it is starting to kick in now.

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hi when i started taking iron, i also had lots of pain in my legs ,shooting pains ,also developed restless leg,the leg pain went in a couple of weeks,hope this helps shirley

 
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feeling poor again...

My aches and fatigue are back. My left leg aches more than the right, and my left arm is weak and numb. Also, the left side of my face is numb. I am starting to think that this has nothing to do with iron deficiency and low ferritin. Worried.

 
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Re: feeling poor again...

If you are taking iron pills, that may not be enough. I started introvenus iron from a hemotologist and my symptoms which were severe, went away with the second treatment. My iron is so low, that I am getting introvenous iron twice a week. You might want to get a blood test done.

 
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Re: Can anemia cause intense lower leg aches?

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For several weeks now in addition to being extremely fatigued, my legs have been achy below my knees. The aches do not concentrate in one spot but migrate. In the last couple of weeks, I started having aches in my arms, too. I have been taking iron supplement for two weeks now but I feel worse not better. My ferritin level is 7. Has anyone with iron deficiency anemia experienced intense leg aches?
I am diagnosed with severe RLS, and it goes right along with my Stage 4 Kidney Disease, which leads to anemia. They are all connected. Keep your iron up, and avoid the RLS...

 
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I had blood test done two weeks after starting taking iron. The results did not look bad enough to cause such symptoms:

Hemoglobin: 11.5 (11.5-15)
Hematocrit: 33.8 (34-44) -- slightly low
RDW: 19.2 (11.7-15) -- high
Ferritin: 7 -- low
Vitamin B12: 575 (211-911)

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If you are taking iron pills, that may not be enough. I started introvenus iron from a hemotologist and my symptoms which were severe, went away with the second treatment. My iron is so low, that I am getting introvenous iron twice a week. You might want to get a blood test done.

 
Old 09-05-2009, 08:28 AM   #8
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Re: Can anemia cause intense lower leg aches?

hi i had lots of symptoms face numbness twiching,ear pressure,restless leg,body jurks,spaced out feeling ,and a lot more my ferretin was 12,they put my ear pressure down to ear drum being sucked in ,my face numbness down to ,silent migrain,it took me a long time to get ferretin up ,2 years due to bleeding from fibroids i had the face numbness untill ferretin got up to 56,then it went away,i just had hysterectomy 8 weeks ago ,hg was 11.1 then i dont know about ferretin so im climbing the hill again,keep taking your iron,is your low iron due to blood loss? take care shirley

 
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Re: Can anemia cause intense lower leg aches?

Shirley,

Yes, it is due to blood loss. I have fibroids, too.

I will keep taking iron...

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hi i had lots of symptoms face numbness twiching,ear pressure,restless leg,body jurks,spaced out feeling ,and a lot more my ferretin was 12,they put my ear pressure down to ear drum being sucked in ,my face numbness down to ,silent migrain,it took me a long time to get ferretin up ,2 years due to bleeding from fibroids i had the face numbness untill ferretin got up to 56,then it went away,i just had hysterectomy 8 weeks ago ,hg was 11.1 then i dont know about ferretin so im climbing the hill again,keep taking your iron,is your low iron due to blood loss? take care shirley

 
Old 09-30-2009, 08:07 AM   #10
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Re: Can anemia cause intense lower leg aches?

First, check with your doctor to rule out deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or other circulatory issues.

Second, to answer your question, yes, iron defiency can cause Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS). According to the Neurologist I see for sleep deprivation, RLS and chronic anemia. If your serum ferritin level drops below 50, it can cause RLS. And I can speak from experience, it can be quite painful.

Third, again check with your doctor prior to taking iron. Too much iron is as bad if not worse than too little. Most vitamins and minerals can be toxic if taken at too high a dose or if they build up in your body. So it is better to err on the side of caution with this stuff.

 
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Re: Can anemia cause intense lower leg aches?

Also check with a neurologist. I have facial numbness, body jerks, fatigue, etc. and it's from neurological lyme disease.

there are a lot of things out there which can cause your symptoms.

 
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