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    Old 03-08-2008, 10:56 AM   #1
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    Anemia symptoms?

    Hi---I have been anemic for at least a year. I have been taking 65 mg of iron daily, plus a multi-vitamin with iron. How long should it take to raise iron levels? I am having symptoms of: fatigue, insomnia, dizziness, and shakiness. Are these symptoms typical of anemia? I just don't feel right.

    WBC 3.7
    RBC 3.3
    Hemoglobin 11.6
    Hematocrit 33.5

    Just got a new PCP and will have bloodwork in a few days.

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    Old 03-08-2008, 12:02 PM   #2
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    Re: Anemia symptoms?

    Your numbers aren't too bad--just mild anemia.

    How do they know that this is an iron deficiency anemia versus a B12 deficiency? Did your doctors run test to check your specific iron stores before they told you to start taking iron?

    At a minimum, you need some iron tests to make sure you are dealing with iron deficiency anemia.

    When I was anemic (and I was about at your levels), I had shortness of breath when doing any kind of physical exertion (walking up hills, stairs--forget about exercising!!). I was extremely tired, I got cold very easily and could not warm up once I got cold. I would have to take a scalding hot bath to get warm once I got chilled. I had no motivation, spent a lot of time on the couch, and lost my will to do anything. Typical signs of depression. I didn't have shakiness, dizziness or anything like that, but I'm sure that you can. Everyone is different.

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    Nobody seemed too concerned about it, and told me I could take a supplement if I wanted. They did not tell me how much or what kind and did no further testing. If I go more than a few days without my supplement my lips become colorless. My new doctor is going to test for B-12 deficiency.

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