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When anemia is classified as "severe"? Some references say that you don't even have symptoms until your hemoglobin is at about 8. That makes me wonder how much of what I feel is in my head...
I definitely can't exercise anymore. I used to be able to run 5 miles easily, and now I can't even run a mile even though I've been pushing myself. I just hope that I've actually found the cause for my symptoms. Does anyone know what level of hemoglobin is generally accepted as the point where you start to feel the effects?
I just received almost the same numbers as you did-my Hct is 31 and my Hgb is 9.2. My periods are only heavy once in awhile and they don't think that's what's cauing the anemia so they are talking about putting me through the big GI work-up-endoscopy,colonoscopy,etc. They have me taking iron 2x/day which I don't tolerate well(makes me have alot of GI symptoms). I'm hoping that they'll give me a prescripption iron that may have less side effects. As far as the palpitations go,yes,I definitely get them,especially if I exercise. My doctor says it can go along with the anemia. Good Luck!
Wow - it does sound like we're in the same boat. I was put on a prescription called Niferex - it's iron and Vitamin C. It is slightly less rough on my stomach, but I still have to eat a little something with it. The palps finally went away, so I think the massive irritation on my GI tract was causing the problem.
You mentioned exercise - any clue as to how long with iron supplements it will take to feel better when exercising? I discovered this whole anemia thing because I was having trouble breathing and losing stamina while running. I am anxious to get back to training but there's no point in doing so while my body is starved for oxygen!
[QUOTE=vtgrl]When anemia is classified as "severe"? Some references say that you don't even have symptoms until your hemoglobin is at about 8. That makes me wonder how much of what I feel is in my head...
I definitely can't exercise anymore. I used to be able to run 5 miles easily, and now I can't even run a mile even though I've been pushing myself. I just hope that I've actually found the cause for my symptoms. Does anyone know what level of hemoglobin is generally accepted as the point where you start to feel the effects?[/QUOTE]

8!!!??? I've been borderline anemic (12-ish) and I felt the effects THEN. It is not in your head. Right now I am at about 9, and I'm very, very tired.





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