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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
Headache
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

Fatigue
Loss of appetite
Weight loss
Constipation
Flatulence (gas)
Depression
Confusion
Poor memory
Burning of mouth and tongue
Menstrual disturbances
Nervous system problems such as numbness,
tingling, needles and pins feeling in hands
and feet
Neuritis
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).]
[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
Headache
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

Fatigue
Loss of appetite
Weight loss
Constipation
Flatulence (gas)
Depression
Confusion
Poor memory
Burning of mouth and tongue
Menstrual disturbances
Nervous system problems such as numbness,
tingling, needles and pins feeling in hands
and feet
Neuritis
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 :)
Dorri, Thanks for the expansive list of symptoms. I'd be more than happy to share with you the one that trouble me most.

Extreme weakness and tiredness ---> ALWAYS
Confusion or loss of concentration ---> YUP
Shortness of breath especially on exertion -->occas
Rapid heartbeat, palpitations --> infrequently
Chest pain ----> yes
Possible hairloss ----> unfortunately
Headache -----> intolerable I have 5 dif rx's for them
Wounds that heal slowly ---> not really
Dizziness or fainting ----> a wee bit
Difficulty sleeping -----> ambien to the rescue
Pale skin colour -----> can you say CASPER
Pale fingernails (often with vertical lines)--> YES!!
Pale lips, ear lobes and mucous membrane --> GHOSTLY
(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

Fatigue ---> Diagnosed with CFS/FMS
Loss of appetite ---> YES
Weight loss ----> not particularly
Constipation ----> nope
Flatulence (gas)----> yup (pardon me)
Depression -----> chronic/severe
Confusion ----> yes
Poor memory ----> gets worse all the time
Burning of mouth and tongue -----> yes
Menstrual disturbances ---> missed cycles then heavy
Nervous system problems such as numbness,
tingling, needles and pins feeling in hands
and feet -----> lil bit mostly my toes
Neuritis ---> not sure what this is
Pain and stiffness in spine ----> upon waking
Difficulty walking and maintaining ----> upon waking
balance after prolonged deficiency
Psychological symptoms.----> hand in hand with depression

I have been SUFFERING for 5 yrs, I am at the point I am ready to drink blood! LOL I am always weak, tired. Maybe once every couple month I have a really good day or two and then I really do to much and I pay fo rit dearly.






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