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    Old 05-18-2005, 07:21 AM   #1
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    Probably Overreacting

    Well I just got a call from the dr. this morning to tell me that from my blood work I am "extremely" anemic. I am suppose to go in today to get more information and stuff but I just want some input from people in what this means and what to expect. Am I gonna start feeling better with the vitamins I will recieve from the dr.? Can i become un-anemic? Will i still be able to work out? Any replies would be really appreiciated!!
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    Old 05-18-2005, 08:27 AM   #2
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    Re: Probably Overreacting

    I am borderline anemic and my nurse practitioner was concerned. They will probably send you to a specialist. They have to pinpoint exactly what the cause of your anemia is and work from there. It could be iron or vitamin deficiency. I bought iron tablets and B12 to up my count and it worked for me, but your case is more extreme. Don't panic, because it won't help you. Relax and put yourself in your capable and experienced hands.

     
    Old 05-18-2005, 08:34 AM   #3
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    Re: Probably Overreacting

    What all is involved in the testing of what caused your anemia? I'm sorry, I'm just a little nervous!

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    Old 05-19-2005, 09:27 PM   #4
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    You're not overreacting. Do you bleed heavily on your periods?? I have bad anemia and I'm pretty sure that's what's causing it. It could be ulcers or some other undetected bleeding. In the meantime you should start fighting the anemia w/ blood builders. They have "blood builder" supplements. I was advised to eat lots of red meat, green vegetables, prunes, raisins, dried apricots, etc. You need to take Vitamin C w/ iron-rich foods to help it get absorbed, or citrus fruit, or a tomato or something. Right now my appetite is so low that I make do w/ juiced raw veggies - including spinach, carrots, apples & parsley together - doesn't taste too bad if you get it just right.

    It takes a while to get it under control if you're going the diet/supplement route. They can do iron transfusions too. You don't say how old you are and what your menstrual cycle is like?? It's a nasty business but quite treatable.

     
    Old 05-21-2005, 07:21 PM   #5
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    I actually don't have a menstrul cycle because I was suffering from anorexia and am just now in recovery, which is why I am having this problem. I'm sure that once I start eating right and taking my vitamins I should be back on track... it's just really hard with my condition. But so far I am doing alot better with eating healthy and I am starting to feel better. I have a hgb of 7.9 and hct of 22.4. I am just getting frustrated because my dr. wanted me to see the specialist and I was suppose to get a call from his secretary for an appointment but I am still waitng. It's been about three days. So basically right now I am just taking it into my own hands and doing everything I can to get healthy. I bought some iron pills, but I haven't been diagnoised with what type of anemia I have, but I'm sure its iron deficiency right? Any other advise or suggestions?? Oh by the way i am 18. Thank you for your reply!

     
    Old 05-21-2005, 08:42 PM   #6
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    Re: Probably Overreacting

    Hi Liza2,

    There are so many reasons for Anemia...I have Autoimmune Hemolytic anemia and its totally different that iron deficient...I thought the same thing...that it always involved iron, but it doesn't as I have found out, I think the first thing they will do is more blood work to find out why you hemoglobin is so low...mine is because for some reason my immune system got all whacked out and started to attacking itself...I developed antibodies that were attaching my red blood cells, when I was dx my hgb was at 4.2, and get this...its "idiopathic"..(reason unknown) that was the real bummer!!!

    Try not to worry to much, it almost always gets better as soon as they figure out why its happening....Call your doc back on Monday and keep bugging them until they call you back...and don't stop they are used to it!

    Let us know what happens ok....don't forget that so many of us care!

     
    Old 05-21-2005, 11:35 PM   #7
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    If you're recovering from anorexia I'm not surprised you have anemia. You've probably been deprived of several blood-building nutrients for a long time. I can't say if it's iron deficiency or not, but it wouldn't surprise me.

    If you are still having problems eating regular meals, I would suggest getting a juicer, and a juicer recipe book. A juicer takes out all the fiber and leaves only the liquid part of the vegetable/fruit. My favorite combo is: carrots (4-6), parsley (handful), spinach (handful), half an apple. You're getting all the nutrients of all those things in one little glass of juice, which is easy to gulp down and has very few calories. It should boost your energy and build your blood quickly, much faster than a hard, metallic-tasting little iron pill. Since you still need fiber in your diet, get it from fresh fruit, beans or grains. And don't shy away from red meat unless you really have to! Good organic lean beef may be the best thing for you right now!

    Spinach and beetroot are two things that are good for blood building. Go easy on the beetroot, since it's hard to digest, and you will need to juice these all up RAW. Lots of green vegetables are good for blood. Since the juiced variety is very digestible, it shouldn't in any way interfere with your healing process. In fact, your body won't have to put out much energy to digest it. This is important right now, since you probably are feeling tired pretty often.

    A lot of the time I just go down to the health food bar and ask them to juice me something. They'll put in whatever I ask (if they have it). I drink it right there and don't have to worry about cleaning my juicer. Then I usually feel 10 times better within an hour or two.

    Anemia is serious, but please don't worry. It's usually treatable and sometimes it's a wake-up call to take better care of ourselves. That's how I'm looking at my condition, anyway.


    P.S. You mentioned taking iron pills. I don't know why doctors suggest these!! I went to a nutritionist and she recommended a blood-building supplement that includes iron, vitamin C, folic acid and B-12. Apparently these four together are MUCH more effective than just the iron alone.

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    Old 07-04-2005, 01:51 AM   #8
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    Re: Probably Overreacting

    My doctor told me I am also extremely anemic. He told me to take iron pills, but I never got them. My anemia seems to be getting worse. I bruise a lot more then I used to and I have shortness of breath.

     
    Old 07-04-2005, 04:38 PM   #9
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    Update on MY anemia - they checked my blood again and there's something wrong with my kidneys too, they don't know what yet. I'm producing too much creatinine. If you're recovering from anorexia, too much creatinine (from the kidneys) is a common symptom, and it can usually be reversed when you gain back the weight. Kidneys are vital organs in building blood (I just found out) so kidney malfunction can worsen anemia. I am underweight, lost 25 pounds in 4 months due to stress, so don't know if that's a factor, but I'm not anorexic. I'm trying to get my appetite back and it's very difficult, especially since I'm so scared. I'm trying to eat nutritious but high-calorie foods, like nuts, avocados, etc.

     
    Old 07-04-2005, 05:16 PM   #10
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    Re: Probably Overreacting

    Did they find this from just a regular routine blood test? I am going over mine tommorrow, should I mention this or will it already be obvious?

     
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