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Old 06-01-2008, 03:06 PM   #1
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sleep disorder caused by low iron

I was just tested and came back very low in ferritin...a 1 actually. Doc says its rare for someone to get so low...just had a baby and dont eat meat, etc. ANyway, I have a ton of crazy neurological symptoms...tired, confused, dizzy, lightheaded, and a ton of physical symptoms like shaky, tingly sensations, muscle spasms. Oh, and I get this thing where I jolt awake almost anxiety-ish when I try to fall asleep...

Been tested for everything under the sun...no autoimmune disorders, no hormone disorders, etc. Doc thinks maybe the low ferritin is causing RLS or periodic limb movement which might be causing sleep deprivation. I definitely dont feel rested when I wake up...doesnt help that I have a new baby...

AM on some serious iron therapy now, but still feeling tingly, (like I just ran a marathon) and overall yucky....anyone have experience with this?

 
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Re: sleep disorder caused by low iron

Haven't had a similar experience but low iron can cause sleep disturbances like restless leg/periodic limb movements.

When your iron is low, your organs do not get the oxygen/fuel they need so it's not surprising you are having some symptoms.

Some of us experience similar symptoms but for a different reason. Our organs don't get enough oxygen because our breathing is obstructed/blocked when we sleep. When the oxygen levels drop low enough, the brain wakes up the body, and and instructs the heart to pump harder to get more blood/oxygen to the organs. That is why many of us experience a racing heart and anxiety when we wake up at night. Once the oxygen levels return to normal, the heart returns to its normal rhythm, and we go back to sleep.

Once you get your iron levels back to normal, and you still experience symptoms, you might want to consider consulting a sleep specialist as more than one condition may be causing your problems.

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Old 06-01-2008, 06:30 PM   #3
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Re: sleep disorder caused by low iron

Beth, you are right, my doc wants me to do a sleep study. I also have night terrors about once a month or so...the ones where my husband wakes me up cuz Im screaming, but them Im fine and go back to sleep. I also snore a not, so I am wondering if there is a lot more going on here. A sleep study might be the best thing...My issues right now like I said are not only with sleep...Im not sure what 'symptoms' sleep deprivation can cause, but I feel pretty darn bad with no 'medical' explanation for it...

 
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Re: sleep disorder caused by low iron

Sounds like you have a wise and well educated doc....

Sleep deprivation has many symptoms...weight gain/loss, poor concentration, irritability, anxiety, depression, memory loss, poor memory, hallucinations are just a few examples. Do keep in mind that some people have no apparent symptoms at all and blame the insignificant symptoms they have on active minds, menopause, something they ate, etc.

You've conquored half the battle by working with a physician who is cognizant of sleep disorders and sleep medicine.

Good luck!

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Old 06-02-2008, 02:47 PM   #5
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Re: sleep disorder caused by low iron

I know when I went for my initial consultation the Dr. wanted to know everything no matter what. So I told him that when I am in bed I always feel like bugs are crawling on my legs. So I am always rubbing my hands against my legs to make sure nothing is there. He said that is actually a sign of low Iron. He said when you go to sleep your Iron natually drops. So if it is low already you have problems. I take Slow-Fe Iron every day because mine is low to borderline. It is time release so you don't get the side effects.

 
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Re: sleep disorder caused by low iron

hessie,

I found your post informative and helpful and filled with info new to me. Thanks so much for posting!!

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Old 06-25-2008, 09:09 PM   #7
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Re: sleep disorder caused by low iron

Stephrabin, Very interesting thread. How much iron are you taking per day? I can relate to some of the symptoms such as bugs crawling on me and itching. I'm wondering if low iron (low oxygen levels) aren't connected to some forms of narcolepsy. Anyway, time to try some iron before spending a lot of money on other measures. Thanks, Chris

 
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Re: sleep disorder caused by low iron

Chris,

It is possible to get/take too much iron. You might want to do some additional reading on the amounts.

Although my iron levels were normal, my doc had me take an over the counter supplement in addition to my daily vitamin.

Bethsheba

 
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