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Posted by Cori on December 15, 1999 at 01:48:36:

In Reply to: Re: Stress related???? posted by Nancy O. on December 07, 1999 at 03:32:02:

: : I had not had a serious problem with anemia until 5 years ago. I had been under extreme and prolonged
: : stress.....loss of job, Mother's illness and subsequent death, new marriage, trying to deal with Mother's
: : estate and 3 greedy siblings, who harassed and then sued me (to no avail), and one day I passed out cold
: : in Walmart, and woke up in the emergency room. Hemoglobin was 7. Current doctor pumped me full of B-12,
: : sent me for the barium GI tests which proved negative. I moved to another state, and the doctor there had me
: : taking 300 MG of iron. Some days it was good, other days it was bad, and then it leveled off. Last May,
: : another extremely stressful situation entered my life, which centered around having someone in my home
: : who literally hated me for no apparent reason, was on drugs, had a personality disorder, and the last week
: : this person was in my home, I slept behind a locked door with a dog and a gun, in fear of my life. With a
: : new job, came new insurance, and as a result a new doctor. He found that my hemoglobin was once again
: : at 7, with occult bleeding, sent me for the colonoscopic, which showed nothing. Big question......could this
: : stress have caused my loss of blood? If so, what can I do about it? You can't avoid stress, so how do I deal with it?

: Yes, it can be stress related. Stress can lower you thyroid (it is probably low too). This, in turn, can interfere with the absorption of iron. All of the patients my husband has tested that show low thyroid, are also deficient in iron. If you take your iron with Vit. C it will greatly enhance the absorption. Also, make sure you are getting some copper (like in a vitamin pill), or your body won't absorb iron. If your thyroid is low and you get it replaced it will greatly reduce your feeling of stress. 5HTP at night would help also.

Also:Be sure not to take iron with the thyroid med, as it binds it so it cannot be assimilated. Take them 12 hours apart.

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