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    Old 03-12-2017, 09:07 PM   #1
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    Anemia and SOOO tired

    I have Unspecified Anemia and am so tired all the time. I also have dizziness and shortness of breath quite often. I go to work all week then spend my weekends laying in bed and sleeping alot. I don't want to feel like this forever. My Doctor prescribed Folic Acid 1mg daily. How long does this take to start working or will it make me have more energy?

     
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    Old 03-13-2017, 03:24 AM   #2
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    I certainly sympathize with you. I was recently diagnosed and go back for lab this morning. I can only say this to you and hope it helps. If you are not taking iron, you should talk with your doctor about it. Because in most cases (not all) iron is the first line of defense. I take one pill a day - ferrous gluconate.

    If you take the iron at a proper level, it "should" in many cases, start helping within a week. Your blood may not totally rebuild for perhaps six months but it should be far better in a few weeks.

    I found that my feeling of out of breath got far better within a week after starting iron. My awful leg cramps and leg pain was pretty much gone. Now I still get quite tired but not like it was.

    I do know the folic acid (in the form on Folate) is usually needed as is vitamin B-12 along with iron. But I'm not sure that alone will do the trick.
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    Old 03-13-2017, 10:04 PM   #3
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    My doctor said I don't need to take iron yet. She will check my levels again in a few months and evaluate if I need too. My folic acid is low so that's why I am taking a supplement. I was hoping the folic acid would help with the shortness of breath and lack of energy.

     
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    Old 03-14-2017, 04:14 AM   #4
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    I see. Well, I'm not sure the folic acid will help with those issues but it's no doubt good for you to take it. By the way, as I understand it, there are several kinds (not brands) of folic acid and some are superior. The Folate is supposed to be better than the folic acid. And there is a 5MTHF before the name.

    Now I have not seen studies on that. I only know that's what I'm told. You might talk with the doctor about the amount. You may need more. But, of course, you can get too much of it too.

    If you're not low on iron and your blood test do not indicate an ADA of some sort, then not taking iron is a good thing. You don't want to get unneeded iron. Have you had a complete check-up? Fatigue can be caused by many things.

    But you say you have Anemia. I'm curious as to why the doctor didn't advise iron.
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    Old 03-14-2017, 04:46 AM   #5
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    I have had a checkup which is how my GP found the anemia. She made me come back to test more iron stores and said they are low. She referred me to a hematologist /oncologist. I had a full blood workup with the hemotologist and my hemoglobin had increased a little bit on it's own. Maybe it gets lower around my cycle? Anyway, she said i need to take folic acid. So she prescribed 1mg which is the max dose daily that a person can take. I am afraid it's too much but I will trust she knows what she is talking about. I recheck bloodwork in a couple months. As far as iron, she said i am borderline and she said i could go ahead and start taking iron if i want to now or wait until next check up. I said i would rather wait as i know that iron usually causes worse side effects for me. It makes me very nauseous and stomach upset. But i may have to take it depending on my numbers next time. When you were diagnosed, what was your hemoglobin? Mine was a 10 and last check it was up to 12 so i guess mine is just right on the edge of normal. But always concerned why the numbers are low anyway. My folic acid is at a 4 and ferrritin is 15 Not off the chart but def low normal. How are you doing on Iron. Any side effects?

     
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    Old 03-14-2017, 05:12 AM   #6
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    Well, perhaps she wants you to try to get it up with diet first and use the folic acid to help to absorb it. Iron is hard for some people to absorb for many reasons. I suggest you also include B12. But, of course, check with her first. It helps to absorb iron. And add a bit of lemon juice to your meat at meals.

    But, if she said you could take iron now if you wanted, you might want to start taking a minimal dose once a day. You could try the ferrous gluconate, which is pretty gentle. Or Solgar has what's called Gentle Iron 25mg, which seems to have no side effects.

    I don't know your age but if you're older, the 25mg does as well as larger doses according to the studies I've read. But if you're young, that might not be the case. If she said you can take iron, I'd give it a go if it were me feeling as you do.
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    Old 03-14-2017, 09:00 AM   #7
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    I forgot you asked me what my hemoglobin was last time I checked. It was 9.6 january 31. At my lab, the bottom normal number is 11.6. He prescribed iron. I had it rechecked yesterday but have not yet gotten the results.

    I did experience relief from most symptoms within about a week. Like shortness of breath and leg cramps and pain.
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    I am in the same boat as you, although my anemia is directly from heavy menstrual cycles, that is the cause of my iron deficiency. Are your menstrual cycles long and heavy? That could definitely be the cause of the anemia. I am taking an iron supplement to raise ferritin and iron, I also eat a diet very rich in iron which also helps. But the first thing here is to find out what is causing your Anemia, if its heavy cycles, there are birth control pills and they can help wonders.

     
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    No..she didn't think it was related to my cycle so not really sure what it is from. I have a horrible diet so working to change that ..maybe that's part of the problem. She will recheck my labs in a few months and if it's still low she wants me to do a colonoscopy to make sure their is no stomach bleeding or colon cancer. Although she indicated the other levels that she looks at didn't seem like that would be the case. But it's scary seeing an oncologist for anemia ;(

     
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    Old 03-17-2017, 05:54 PM   #10
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    I think anemia is fairly common and many people don't even know they have it. More often than not it's caused by an inability to absorb iron. We tend to take so many medications and eat foods that create an environment that is not conducive to good absorption of iron.

    They tend to do the tests you talk about merely to rule things out more than rule them in. That's about all medicine can do for anything. Anemia can be caused by some 300 or so things. So I don't think it's very easy to find a reason in any particular case.

    But you are right. It is scary seeing an oncologist for anemia. Just seeing an oncologist is scary. But as I understand it. they're the specialists when it comes to disorders of the blood. I don't know why. That's just the way it is.

    But perhaps when you have your follow up your results will be good. It does take awhile to build your blood back up. Sometimes six months or more.
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    Old 03-17-2017, 06:08 PM   #11
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    Since she told me I didn't have to take iron yet.. what should I take? Is there a multivitamin with iron but not folic acid as I'm already taking the max dose of that? Iron just makes me so nauseous.. Ugh

     
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    There are numerous multivitamins that do contain iron. But, more than likely they'll have folic acid too. You might try Gentle Iron by Solgar. It seems to be an iron tablet that people can take who have trouble with other iron salts. But my guess is that iron would bring your blood back to normal faster than anything else. But, at the same time, you shouldn't take it without a doctor giving the go-ahead (in most cases.) I have in the past with no problems that I know of. But that's just me and what I did.

    You might check with another doctor and have the iron test done and you can also get them done online somehow. I don't know the details of it or how it's done but you might want to check into it.
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    I think your Doctor is waiting to see how the Folic Acid works first, as maybe your low folic acid is the reason behind your anemia? Did they check your B12 by any chance also? Since you said your diet isn't that great you should take a good multivitamin. I like One a day for women. It has vitamins plus minerals and has what us women need, and you won't notice the iron so much because its in a multi vitamin. I take an iron supplement and I hate it, I have tried several kinds, Ferrous Sulfate was the worst one with Major stomach problems, now I take a chelated iron supplement and its a lot easier on my body. But Rico is right, anemia is very common today, I think I read 1 in 5 women have it. Our food is devoid of nutrition nowadays, its impossible to get all our vitamins and minerals from food alone and with busy lives, I don't know anyone who eats right. I hope you feel better, having no energy really is terrible.

     
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    Old 03-18-2017, 05:42 PM   #14
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    Yeah, Iron does the same to me. I hate it. I haven't taken it in years but I remember feeling so sick from it. I think i would rather just have no energy than feel nauseous all the time. I don't think I can take a multivitamin right now since it has folic acid as well and i can't take anymore than I already take. I am not sure why she put my on the max dose of folic acid but i figured i better try it. Hopefully you are right and the anemia will improve once my folic acid numbers improve. I am sorry you have such a tough time with Iron. How long do you have to take it? What was your hemoglobin number at diagnosis?

    Rico, did you get new lab numbers yet?

     
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    I'm not sure how long I need to stay on the Iron supplements, i suffer from heavy menstrual cycles. The last blood test I had, my Ferritin was at 8. My hemaglobin was normal at 12.8, but my iron and ferritin are low. I hate taking iron, even now with the supplement I am on, I always feel bloated and have issues going to the bathroom at times. I don't know how people take 3 pills a day, there is no way I could handle that much. I only take one pill and even that is tough. I try to eat meat and a diet rich in iron to get more iron in, but since taking the iron supplement, I have felt better, I am not so tired and run down. How are you feeling on the folic acid?

     
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