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Okay, first things first.

Did you ever find out if you were actually anemic (did you have a CBC)? Or are you non-anemic with a low ferritin? Not that it really makes a huge difference, but doctors are hesitant to do injections/infusions if you do not have anemia.

You must keep in mind that *any* kind of treatment can/will have side effects and risks so you want to stick with the least invasive cure that you can. There are many people that have reactions to infusions and get other effects from injections. Your doctors want to avoid those unless the risks are worth it. If you do not have anemia then I can see their hesitation.

Yes, you can have symptoms with a ferritin of 8 but I know the doctors don't agree with this. Heck, my endo told me that it is a "myth" that mild anemia even causes noticeable fatigue. What a crock!!

It will take quite awhile to feel better on supplements. My friend, who has a ferritin of 5, was just placed on supplements and was told that it would be about 8 weeks before she felt better. It is not instantaneous like popping an aspirin to get rid of a headache. It takes awhile for the body to build up iron and then have your organs, tissues, blood start to respond and improve.

The best thing you can do is relax and try to let it work. The other issue you have is that, unfortunately, no matter what the cause, you body "learns" anxiety. So, even though your iron deficiency triggered it, it may take a long while for your body to quick reacting in a "panic attack" manner. It's awful to have anxiety and difficult to get rid of once it starts.

As for the antidepressants, I believe 100% in them if you are truly depressed and are having issues, like a chemical imbalance that needs to be correct. I am very much against having them thrown at you when another medical issue is to blame. I think they really complicate matters. I would skip the antidepressants until you get your ferritin to an optimal level. Reassess your panic at that time and if you are still panicking then you might consider them.





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