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Anemia & Symptoms
Feb 23, 2004
Hi, I was diagnosed with iron-deficiency anemia about four months ago. My ferritin was a 2, and my hemoglobin a 9. (I didn't know I had any problem until the Red Cross rejected me for blood donation, because they said my iron level (hemotcrit) was too low.

Thru numerous tests & a biopsy,my drs. determined that I don't have any problem absorbing iron & I don't have any B-12 problems at all. The drs. of course, were concerned that I might be bleeding internally somewhere, so I had all the tests done (colonoscopy, endoscopy, lower bowel series x-rays)...all came back normal. dr. told me to start taking iron supplements twice a day, which I've been doing.

Also, I went to the gynocologist, and he found that I have 4 fibroids. He thinks that my periods are too heavy, and thinks that could be causing my anemia, so he put me on a low dose birth control pill. I've been on the b/c pills for four months now. Yes, they've lightened my period by about 1/2, but now it lasts 10 days instead of 5.

I have a follow up appt. with my gyn. dr. on Friday about the b/c pills. I have not gone for another blood workup series since the initial one four months ago. I keep thinking that maybe I should wait until my period gets straightened out, so we can see if that is the real cause.

The only symptom that I seem to think I have from the anemia is that I get "chills" a lot....not just being cold, but chills, sort of like when you have a fever & get chills. Of course, it could be that I live in CT, and it's cold in my house, lol.

Anyway, this is aggravating...anyone else have iron-deficiency anemia who's going thru the same thing & same sort of treatment?

Any suggestions?

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