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I can't tell you how depressed I was after taking BCP for 3 months (and all the painful GI and gynecological tests last year) only to have my blood retested and still be anemic. When my doctor told me how long it took for bone marrow to manufacture new blood cells, I felt alot better, but that day that she called and said "you're still anemic AND you need to be on iron", that was a panic attack day, for sure. I even compared my blood tests with those I had in February 2007 and saw absolutely no meaningful improvement in HGB, HCT, or iron (I didn't have ferritin levels from last year, but they were low-ish this year, so it really discouraged me) although my overall case was deemed as "mild".

Mild anemia that has gone on as long as mine has does take its toll on your energy, I don't care what ANY doctor says. Since FINALLY being put on iron, I feel like I am running on all cylinders for the first time since I don't know when. I haven't taken a nap at 3:00 in the afternoon in weeks, something I used to do with great frequency and I haven't had a single episode of tachycardia. My energy is amazing. I feel like I have turned a corner, and in some ways I am grateful for this diagnosis of anemia.

But I still feel like I don't want to push my exercise too much until I get those all-important numbers when I retest my blood in June. I'm crossing my fingers. I would be SHOCKED if all this improvement was in my head but all told, it will be 7 months by the time June comes.


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