Re: Taking iron for anemia - now constipated!
Hi. Thanks everyone for your ideas. I'm going to reply to my own thread here, with some info gleaned today when I went in for a transvaginal sonogram. (BTW, I have several fibroid tumors, a cyst on my left ovary, and another mass in the uterus that the sonographer couldn't id as either a fibroid or a polyp; we'll have to wait and see on that.) Anyway, in chatting with the sonographer I asked her if she knew what my gyn recommended for constipation from taking iron supplements. She told me that the doctor recommends a tea, sold in lots of grocery stores and Wal*Mart, etc. called Smooth Move. The largest ingredient appears to be Senna Leaf, 1080 mg as per serving. I'm going to try it tonight; I'll report back in a few days to let you all know if it's working.
I have had GERD since 1982 and am allergic to soy and some other foods. Water has at times aggravated the GERD (or what's in it!), and so, too, has fruit or juice.
The menstrual problems go back several years (I just turned 45, have a family history w/ sisters & mother of menstrual problems) and with the blood test results went in and just asked my gynecologist if we couldn't just end the problem for once and all. I'm happy to say that she listened to me and didn't just have a knee-jerk reaction and say absolutely NOT! To have trouble standing for 20 minutes to do the dishes, let alone walk around one little grocery store... well, that's just too weak & tired for me. To my way of thinking, having surgery now (when my iron/hemoglobin levels are back up) while I still have some resources of energy would be far better than waiting a few more years, when I feel worse, and have recovery take that much longer.
Your opinions or stories of experience gratefully appreciated and accepted. Thanks!