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I never did find out the cause of my anemia. Quite a few years ago I was put on iron for anemia. I took them faithfully for a while then stopped. Then in the fall of 2005 after weeks of having pains in my legs when going up stairs, rapid heart beat, being pale and having no energy I finally made a doctors appointment. Until that time I muddled through the days-work, taking care of the kids etc. even though I was exhausted. Blood tests revealed hemoglobin was at 4.3, hematocrit was 14. something, my ferritin was also critically low but I'm not sure what the number is on that. Anyways the doctor told me to go to the ER. The ER doctor couldn't believe I was walking. I was admitted and had blood transfusions (4 units). My numbers started rising-slowly- helped by 300 mg of iron each day. I had an endoscopy, colonoscopy, x-ray of my intestines but everything was clear. My menstrual period has never been very heavy. I had an appointment with the hematologist but the blood test I took right before I saw him showed my levels were acceptable. So other than a few more blood tests he decided not to do anything. I took my iron faithfully for a while and then gradually took fewer pills and then stopped a few month ago. My blood test 4 1/2 months ago showed good numbers. Then I had a blood test last week and my hemoglobin is 10.7 and my hematocrit is 30.7. I have a doctors appointment on Monday and I'm sure I'll be back on the iron and will need to make sure I take it becasue obviously I do need it. You'd think they would want to know what's causing this because I would like to know but maybe sometimes the reason is "undiagnosable"?

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