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Lori, I can't really help you but I can say I definitely feel your pain.

I was told I was anemic about a year ago, took iron, and was retested in the fall. I was told my ferritin was still close to 0, but that my hemoglobin was in the normal range. After continuing to take iron for months, I did not feel any better and it did not raise my ferritin at all, so my doctor told me that a low ferritin is fine as long as I have a normal hemoglobin. She said a low ferritin could not cause me to feel sick and that perhaps I was depressed and did not need to take iron!

I feel terrible - no energy, rapid irregular heartbeat, headaches, dizziness, etc. She blamed my anemia on heavy periods (even though I am on the pill and do have periods lasting more than 3 days). After reading other people's experience on this board I was shocked that no tests were ordered to look into the cause of my anemia. Gastrointestinal problems can cause anemia, but when I complained of bad stomach pains I was told they were from anxiety.

I hope you find the cause of your anemia. I feel pretty hopeless about mine. Could you keep us posted? Good luck!

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