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Months to years... sheesh! I want a quick fix now! I wonder if I need to get my thyroid checked.

FFlowgrl have you ever considered a hysterectomy? I wonder if that would help you flatline your ferritin and help with your anemia. I could understand the frustration of being anemic and losing blood like that every month.:mad:

I wish you all the very best...
I was shocked :o when I found out I had a bleeding ulcer. But as time went on I understand that what ever was going on in my stomach probably had alot to do with some of the other things that were going on in my life (Always known as the tired one, hard to do stuff even when I really wanted to do things and i was excited about doing them, and always self monitering myself to see how I feel). It may have caused me to be anemic even before the ulcer which would explain why I would get so so exhausted and for me its hard to go to sleep when I am painfully tired. So maybe this has something to do with it. I don't think I will know the full extent of how this has been affecting me or for how long until I have "fully" recovered. You know I don't know what to expect in the future so I got to take it day by day.

Like many people have said, the symptoms are similar to depression but the reality is that I've always wanted to go out and do things but I've usually was too tired. I think that is the different between depression and these physical ailments. From what I understand, when your depressed not only do you not feel like doing anything but you don't really want to do it either. I always wanted to do things. Unfortunately I think that their is a quiet assumption among my family and friends that I am just a morose person which I began to believe myself. I hope that I can prove them wrong when I am better. But this bacteria may have been in my stomach for the past 15 years inhibiting the uptake of b-12. I was diagnosed 15 years ago with anemia and was scoped up both ways and tested and tested and nothing could come up. Couldn't find out how I was losing blood. Apparently I've never had the same sort of energy since they found out I was anemic 15 years ago. Of course all of this is coming to light after the fact that I had an ulcer.:D
samsam - a previous partner of mine was bleeding internally and he ended up in hospital but they couldn't find out where he was losing the blood from. In the end they treated him for ulcers, even though they had not found any ulcers.

He then did a H-pylori (sp?) test and came up positive for that. It's believed that these bugs in the stomach cause the ulcers. He was treated for the H-pylori and was fine after that. Nobody even tested his iron levels back then, simply gave him a blood transfusion and a weeks stay in hospital. Apparently H-pylori is very common.

My mother spoke to a woman who was once anemic. She had so many internal tests done to find out where she could be bleeding from or what could be causing it and they never found a thing. Then one day a doctor, during one of those internal exams, found the tiniest hole/tear in one of her intestines i think it was. Once they patched this up she was fine and has never looked back since.

That is always my worry, that numerous doctors can perform tests, yet not find a thing, while all along there is something actually there.

Thyroid issues are common and it is believed that a lot of people are walking around with undiagnosed thyroid issues as the symptoms are similar to so many other conditions. For a lot of people their thyroid tests aren't even way out or off the scale and their doctor will say they are fine as the test came back "within range", yet even being slightly out can cause people to suffer symptoms.

On the other hand, long term low iron can affect the thyroid and once your ferretin goes up the thyroid will self correct if everything is ok with the thyroid. In my case my thyroid didn't self correct and that is when my doctor began looking into my thyroid test results a little more thoroughly.
shirley--I don't know if your anemic right now or not, but it only took me one month to get to the non-anemic stage after my ablation. My Hgb only got better every month. What a relief!!!!! You will be so happy to have fixed that problem. I forgot, what is that procedure again? Something that is strange is that since I hardly have any blood loss now, I still feel really bad when I get my period. Must be the hormones and all this time I though it was from heavy blood loss. I have Hashi's and I wonder if that can make you feel worse when having a period. Anyone know the answer to that? Good luck to you with your procedure, you will thank yourself for it in the end. FLFLOWERGIRL:)

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