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Posted by Barb R on January 07, 2000 at 19:06:38:

In Reply to: Re: Anemia - Heavy Periods/Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding Anyone Else??? posted by B. Junier on November 01, 1999 at 09:50:44:

I've been fighting this problem for about 8 years. I'm tired of fighting SYMPTOMS, and am looking for the actual PROBLEM. (I believe I'm getting close.) A hysterectomy may remove a symptom, but will it remove the problem? Or will there still be other symptoms?

There are 2 good books I found (paperback): "Anemia and Heavy Menstrual Flow" and "Gastrointestinal Health" (Neither are titles you want others to see you reading!) I don't remember the authors' names, but they're both inexpensive books. (I bought them at Borders. I've found you can sit in a bookstore for hours reading their books, and they don't care! This is the best way to avoid buying big books with very little information.)

The first book gives a lot of good information, and many suggestions. After reading it, I bought many vitamins, minerals, herbs -- and finally got my periods more under control. (Until I stopped and became anemic again!)

The 2nd book gives you insight on food and how it affects your health -- and there are really good (tasting) recipies and meal plans. (For instance, a good breakfast can include whole wheat toast and 1/2 grapefruit -- the Vitamin C in the fruit helps your body absorb the iron in the whole wheat toast.)

Low iron, etc. can increase your menstrual flow, which, in turn, decreases your iron -- For me, I actually think the low iron and anemia came first! Low levels of iron and other nutrients also cause gastrointestinal problems (heartburn, angina, food allergies), inflammation problems (I've had duodenitis & thyroiditis, which both brought on other problems), and who knows what else (fatigue, depression, always cold, bad immune system, unable to concentrate, etc.).

I just read that anemia isn't cured until about a year of iron supplement therapy (although major symptoms disappear after 6 weeks). Be sure you're getting a LOT of B-12 or B complex, and also folic acid (Chromagen FA does contain folic acid). Oh, and also Vitamin C.

Birth control pills and other hormones only worsened my menstrual flow. If this works for you, great! (It's worth a try.) But I also read that these may affect your levels of iron, vit. B12 & folic acid -- causing anemia!

I'm just now starting to follow up on what nutrients my body is lacking and why. (Is it my diet, or is it that I'm not absorbing the nutrients properly due to a GI problem - bowel obstruction, infection, etc.?)

: Your story sounds very similar to mine. Periods were getting heavier over time and always with alot of clotting. Finally a few days ago the bleeding would not stop and I went to the ER for fluids and bloodwork. An ultrasound followed and more blood tests and finally a trip to the hospital for a transfusion. Fibroids are evident and I'm being told that a hysterectomy is the only way to guarantee that there will be no future problems. Like you, I am taking bc to make sure I have no more bleeding while my blood levels come back up and tons of iron that causes its own problems. I would be very interested in an alternative to hysterectomy but definitely do not want to risk this happening again! As I bled out there was increased dizziness, fatigue, confusion, lack of focus and I just got sicker and sicker. The transfusion helped alot but I still tire very easily and my heart goes nuts quite often. Any info to share?

: : :Hi.
: : Dear I know how you are feeling. I to get dizzy spells and shortness fo breath, and I get very tired between 7 and 8 every night. I also have very very heavy bleeding when I am on my period. I don't know what to do I just went and had my blood tested this morning. I hope you are doing better. But I would like to ask you a question if I may. How is this going to change my life if I am anemic? Thank you and good luck with everything.
: : : Hi,

: : : I was recently hospitlized for 4 days due to severe uterine blood loss, which was preceeded by 4 months of some usually heavy/clotty periods. This time though, the bleeding was not stopping. I was put on Premarim IV to stop the bleeding and I'm now on heavy doses of bc pills because I cannot afford to lose anymore blood by having a period. My recovery for the blood loss will be 120 days. My red blood count was 2.75, my hematocrit was 25.3, and my hemoglobin was 8.8. I'm taking Chromagen 3 times a day now and will be further evaluated for hormonal imbalances, thyriod (I already have hypothyriod but may need higher dose of Synthriod), possible fibriod removal etc..

: : : My question is has anyone with anemia ran low-grade fevers, had intermitent chills or had swollen neck glands? I have had extreme fatique, dizziness, mental confusion and fogginess, a sore sensitive tongue and small canker sores, a rapid heart rate and shortness of breath. Anyone else??

: : : PLEASE HELP!!!

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