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[quote]Originally posted by dorri:
[b]As some of these symptoms may also be indicative of other medical conditions, please check with your physician for the appropiate testing of Anemia.

Common Symptoms of Iron Deficiency Anemia

Extreme weakness and tiredness
Confusion or loss of concentration
Shortness of breath especially on exertion
Rapid heartbeat, palpitations
Chest pain
Possible hairloss
Wounds that heal slowly
Dizziness or fainting
Difficulty sleeping
Pale skin colour
Pale fingernails (often with vertical lines)
Pale lips, ear lobes and mucous membrane
(draw down your lower eyelid, if you are anemic
the mucous membrane will often appear whitish
pink instead of a vibrant healthy colour)

Some Symptoms of Vitamin B-12 Deficiency

Loss of appetite
Weight loss
Flatulence (gas)
Poor memory
Burning of mouth and tongue
Menstrual disturbances
Nervous system problems such as numbness,
tingling, needles and pins feeling in hands
and feet
Pain and stiffness in spine
Difficulty walking and maintaining
balance after prolonged deficiency
Psychological symptoms.

[This message has been edited by dorri (edited 07-17-2003).][/b][/quote]

Hi Dorri,
I was recently diagnosed with anemia and a B-12 deficiency. I have SO many of the symptoms which you listed. I have lost some weight, and I can't gain it back!! I have always been on the small side, but..I am 5'7" and have a smaller waist size than my daughter has. She is 13 and weighs 100 lbs. I could eat blizzards and snicker bars all day, but I am having a hard time gaining weight. And as for psychological problems, do you know to what extent these are? I know I feel sometimes like I'm losing my mind trying to figure out if my symptoms are typical for these two deficiencies. The doctors have run about every blood test known to man,and have tested my thyroid- everything continues to come back "normal." Any info you have regarding this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks a lot.
Take care,
Stacie :)

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