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Hi she, and thank you. Anemia definitely shows itself when you try to exert yourself. When it's really bad you may feel like that most of the time. However it's also not uncommon to get an asthma attack after exercise. Maybe in Your case it's a combination of both. I also have allergy induced asthma. One way I can tell the difference is to use the asthma puffer, one to work immediately and the other that is used as a preventative, if they don't work after a week, then I take it that the anemia is to blame. This is my case but asthma should not be taken lightly. It's best to check with your doctor if the problem becomes worse.
Sometimes if your iron levels are very low, diet is not enough to restore them to normal levels (unless maybe your downing liver 3-4xs a day) ugh! If diet doesn't help, you may need other forms of treatment to bring them back up.
A month ago I had a bag of iron through intervenous and I still feel dizzy and my complextion still isn't as pink as it should be. Hopefully those red blood cells will kick in and start working for me very soon.. Let me know how it goes when you go for your follow-up blood test. Take care.
Hi amwood, as I have mentioned in my replies before, if your iron is very low, it is very hard to build it up through diet. In most cases outside help is needed in the form of iron supplements of some kind.. However if you have a slight iron deficiency then eating iron rich foods may bring your levels up to normal.
For me obtaining iron from my diet is near impossible as I have an absorption problem along with intolerence to iron pills. I guess that is why they chose intervenous iron for me.
Why do anemics sometimes form vertical ridges on their nails? To be honest with you, I don't know. I looked up several sites which mention that this may occur as a result of anemia, yet no one explains why this happpens. In my opinion it could have something to do with less oxygen to the scalp and nails. Maybe someone else knows. While anemia may cause these ridges to form, hormone imbalances, age, stress and even protien deficiency may also cause vertical lines to form. Anemic nails are almost always on the pale side and often thin, sometimes forming into a spoon-shape with a depression in the center. When I was very anemic before, my nails were very close to a white, yet my moons looked purplish red. Probably a sign of insufficient oxygen to the nails.
Amwood I do hope you feel better soon. Everyone should be blessed with ample energy to get through the day. Let me know how it goes? Take care
Hello :wave: Everyone,

I am a member of the back pain boards. I am copying and pasting a post that I just made on those boards. It looks like I may start posting here as well. So I wanted to share my story and then start reading hundred's more posts.

Recently, my doctor's office called me concerning results of my blood work testing. I was so worried because they are worried about me developing Type ll Diabetes as I already have been diagnosed with high glucose. Well, my blood sugars came back OK but they found that I have anemia. This has really worried me. Prior to surgery my surgeon had almost canceled it because of a low blood count. He asked me if I had anemia and I said no. He then thought that my count was low because of donating my blood only 8 days ago. Then on top of that I had started menstruating during pre op testing. My surgeon did not have to use my donation during surgery. But after I still had a low blood count. Then four days after surgery would you believe that I started to menstruate again. I called my surgeon at 5 days post op and he told me to start taking iron tablets. I did purchase iron tablets and took them for about 4 weeks. My primary doctor's office told me not to take anything until they do more blood work on me. I have an appointment on Tuesday.

As most of you know since I have been doing so much complaining, I have very swollen feet. It has now traveled completely up both my legs to my knees. The stiffness is unbearable and my legs feel like rubber bands. I have so much pain in them. I haven't called my surgeon's office because I thought things would get better. However, they did call me to cancel my appointment on the 12 and reschedule to the 16. What's four more days at this point? I was starting to wonder if my swellings are related to anemia. So I called my sister who is a MA and works in a doctor's office. She talked to her doctor's and they told her that indeed these are symptoms of iron deficiency anemia. He then asked her if I had a pica. She told him OMG yes. I have been eating at least 10 cups of crushed ice a day since my surgery. I thought it was a very unusual craving. I actually craved ice over my coffee. Also my daughter had noticed a few days ago that I started to get these white spots on my neck. My sister checked me and found they are also starting on my arm. She told her boss this and he said this is also from the anemia and that I better get to my doctor soon. I have been very tired but I thought that was because of all these pain meds and I really don't get much sleep with these painful nights. I am told this is another symptom of iron deficiency anemia.

Yes, I realize this is the back boards, but I had to post this in case some of my symptoms may not be from my fusion surgery. Although it all began close to surgery date. Looks as if I have to start researching anemia as I know very little about this. Sorry so long....

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Lumbar MRI 10/02
Lumbar Lordosis
L5-S1 disc herniation with moderate thecal sac deformity.
L4-5 disc desiccation with bulge which results in mild thecal sac deformity and mild bilateral foraminal stenosis.
L2-3 disc desiccation with Schmorl’s nodule of L3.
Lumbar Epidural 1/30/03
Lumbar Epidural 2/12/03
Lumbar Epidural 2/26/03
Lumbar Discogram 5/23/03
Lumbar CatScan 5/23/03
[b]Posterior Fusion & Infuse on L4,L5,S1 6/30/03[/b]
Cervical MRI 10/02
Loss of cervical lordosis with reversal of the curvature.
C4-5 and C6-7 disc bulges resulting in flattening of the ventral margin of the cord.
C5-6 there is a left foraminal herniation which results in moderate foraminal stenosis In addition, there is flattening of the ventral margin of the cord due to bulging disc.
Cervical Epidural 5/19/03
Hi.......just found this board and glad of it! I recently had to have a 2 level (L4-5. L5-S1) anterior lumbar interbody fusion on my low back. While in the hospital they discovered that I am anemic. Apparantly it was pretty severe because they gave me 2 units of blood. It seemed to perk me up but I am now having to take a multivitamin and an extra iron tablet daily. I still feel awful though. I knew I had been feeling really bad for months but just thought it was because I was in such terrible pain with my back prior to the surgery. I had no idea that it was anemia. I attributed the dizziness/almost fainting to all the pain medicine I was having to take. When I read the list of symptoms for both types of anemia I fit into both types. I have many symptoms of both. I haven't had a menstrual period in over 4 months but my Ob/Gyn determined 2 years ago that I was starting the menapause "thing" so I thought it was that and I am pretty sure it is because I have all the other symptoms of menapause. I started peri-menapause symptoms about 10 years ago. I am not healing very well from my surgery either......had it on Jan 8th and still having many complications. I'm not tolerating the iron too well because it is causing severe constipation no matter how much water I drink per day. I go for my first followup appointment with my neuro doc tomorrow so I will discuss everything with him then.

Sure glad to find other folks with the same problems!
[QUOTE=wise_cookie]Hi.......just found this board and glad of it! I recently had to have a 2 level (L4-5. L5-S1) anterior lumbar interbody fusion on my low back. While in the hospital they discovered that I am anemic. Apparantly it was pretty severe because they gave me 2 units of blood. It seemed to perk me up but I am now having to take a multivitamin and an extra iron tablet daily. I still feel awful though. I knew I had been feeling really bad for months but just thought it was because I was in such terrible pain with my back prior to the surgery. I had no idea that it was anemia. I attributed the dizziness/almost fainting to all the pain medicine I was having to take. When I read the list of symptoms for both types of anemia I fit into both types. I have many symptoms of both. I haven't had a menstrual period in over 4 months but my Ob/Gyn determined 2 years ago that I was starting the menapause "thing" so I thought it was that and I am pretty sure it is because I have all the other symptoms of menapause. I started peri-menapause symptoms about 10 years ago. I am not healing very well from my surgery either......had it on Jan 8th and still having many complications. I'm not tolerating the iron too well because it is causing severe constipation no matter how much water I drink per day. I go for my first followup appointment with my neuro doc tomorrow so I will discuss everything with him then.

Sure glad to find other folks with the same problems![/QUOTE]
I would like to caution you about something I learned when I had my infusion. I was in peri-menopause and had gone several months without a period. When the infusion took hold, I had a period that lasted for 2 weeks! It was hilarious. They gave me iron in one end and it was coming out the other just about as fast! They ended up giving me something to stop the period so I could hang on to the iron. I sometimes speculate that women past a certain age are not supposed to have iron!!!( just kidding)





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