Originally Posted by KerryT
I was diagnosed a month ago with iron anemia. It was just after surgery so they thought it was blood loss from that. I was put on iron pills (325 mg) but I am only feeling worse. I am exhausted and extremely dizzy. I have shortness of breath and heart palpitations, and so depressed I burst into tears for no reason. I can't think very clearly and I can hardly function. Is this normal for anemics or shoud I go back to the doctor?
I have Hb of 12.5 when it is normally 15. I have many of the symptoms you describe. I feel really awful a lot of the time. I suspect a lot has to do with disruption of sleep and sleep patterns, for me. Years back I had Hb of about 9 and I felt horrendous. It was the worst time of my life. Sleep was awful. Breathing difficulties were so relentless I became anxious every day, and it grew worse as each day went on. I also get melancholy from nowhere, and just don't have stable or good mood. Having said that, of course it depends on the cause of the anemia. I had erosions from long-term use of NSAIDs the first time and looks like that's the problem this time. You'd think I'd learn, but I suffered severe back pain for months and gave into Ibuprofen. That stuff is awful. What was I thinking?
My experience, anemia has made me feel truly horrible on a daily basis; and in many of the ways you describe.