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I agree with japlopper, they ought to test your B12, that is one of the things my treating doctor always did, along with Vitmain D, selenium, zinc, hormones (eg: SHBG, FAI, testosterone), full thyroid test (they didn't know back then i had a thyroid condition), full iron study, iodine.

At first i was taking vitamin D gel capsules and following the direction on the container, then my doctor told me to virtually quadruple the dossage b/c i was below low.

My iodine was extremely low too so they supplemented me for that.

They did a blood test towards the end to check for a gluten intolerance and i came up as being positive for that. I don't ever get any pains or irritable bowel after eating anything with gluten so i never suspected a gluten intolerance, but so many people with anemia/low iron come up as being positive for this.

Regarding malabsorption, i only found out a week ago that i wasn't absorbing my protein as much as i should. My pancreas was not making sufficient enzymes to help digest protein foods, so it sat there fermenting until it passed out of my body, which then contributes to other side effects. I never knew this was possible. This is the reason my doctor believes i was shedding so much hair continuously. Is your hair shedding at an abnormal rate? as a lot of people on this board seem to have this problem too.

How much iron are you taking daily? The other ladies on here who have a thyroid/iron combined problem say it's best to take iron and thyroid meds a few hours apart. I was on an over the counter iron supplement and i wasn't moving up at all. I then found a new doctor and he put me on a very high powered iron formula and told me to take lysine with it as lysine helps speed up the irons movement through your body. I would look into what dosage you are taking.

Even with the high dosage it still took me a little time to get my ferretin moving. Even when your ferretin gets moving it takes time to feel better as your body utilises what iron it gets for your vital organs. My doctor told me that the bone marrow and muscles get it first while hair, skin, nails get it last and that is why he said i might not be feeling a bundle of energy even though it had risen to the 20's.

It does take time and patients and i can fully appreciate how difficult it is when family/friend/coworkers don't understand. My problem was that i was suffering with the low iron and had an undiagnosed thyroid condition. Once my iron went up, i didn't feel a low iron tiredness, but felt another form of tiredness. Luckily the results came back showing i had Hashimoto's and now a new doctor has begun treating that and he is the one who found out about my pancreatic enzymes issue and also did a salivory hormone test which showed my hormones were a mess too, which would also add to tiredness among other things.

I would personally look at your daily iron dosage as well as what is causing your malabsorbtion. You most definitely are not a hyperchondriac and you shouldn't give up. I have learnt so many new things along the way and without the assistance of people on this board and finding a good doctor who knows where i'd be today. It's taken me exactly 7 years to get to the stage where i'm at today. That is way too long and that is why i advise not to give up b/c these problems don't ever go away if simply ignored.

Best wishes and keep us posted :)
Well, I went to the GI on Tuesday. I got really excited only to get disappointed- yet again! He gave me the results (polyp in stomach, small intestine, and one in the blood vessel of small intestine, along with one in the colon). He said what he did notice was my stomach lining was extremely smooth with no folds. He has had me on Prilosec, but I am still hurting (at times doubling over with sharp pains under my bra strap) after I eat. He said he was shocked nobody had checked my vitamin b12 levels because he thought I had prenicious anemia. I was definitely anemic, but my MCV levels were in the normal range which usually wasn't the case. I was hopeful. I got home and was amazed at all the symptoms. My husband and I both were amazed that I had almost every symptom of pernicious anemia listed. We were both so excited. I told him it was too good to be true, though. I don't know how quickly foods get in your blood stream, but I had eaten many eggs, meats, and green leafy vegetables the last 2 days before the test. I told my husband it would come back ok. I guess I was just trying to prepare myself for another disappointment. It didn't work, though. The nurse called and said the blood work was normal. My vitamin b12 was 464 and my folate was 20. I got off the phone and cried for an hour. My little 9 year old didn't say a word. She just looked at me, rubbed my back, and went to finish her school work. She continued with her school work (following my lesson plans like a substitute teacher would) until I was able to come back to reality. I am so tired of tests, of disappointments, of hurting, of people not understanding. We were walking through Wal-mart the other day and I didn't think I could make it because my legs were hurting so badly. I know many of you are in much more pain than I could even think of being in. I have no excuse to complain. I am just so frustrated. As far as the diet- it sounded good to me. My husband wouldn't let me, though. I have just cut out the good stuff (sweets and carbs) to help out my husband. I definitely can't exercise yet. I walk to the mailbox and "puff" my way back to the house. I'm not fat- yes, I could lose a few pounds without any problem, but I am not fat. I just can't do anything. I sit on the sofa and "gasp" for air while watching tv. This is very frustrating when a little girl wants you to run around with her. Even though I'm not fat, I feel like it. I am sorry for such a long post. I just get so frustrated...

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