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Hi Kelly,

There are genetic types of anemia, and certainly if the obvious steps don't fix the low ferritin levels, then you will want to explore those. I am Greek, so I thought for sure that I had thalassemia. But it's looking (at least for now) that I have the garden variety type of anemia. (Thank God, really.)

I haven't had what I would call a "decent" workout in months, so I know that my standards had to change on that, and I didn't like it one bit. But I had a scare walking up a simple flight of stairs in February and now that I think about it, before that incident, I was struggling more and more during my workouts. So it was so gradual that when I finally had the episode on the stairs, I actually had to call 911. (Nice to be rescued by 5 great looking EMTs, but I could do without the near heart attack!) ;)

I would have my thyroid checked if I were you, take the iron supplement for three months, cut back to gentler aerobic exercise (outdoors if possible, where you can get really good oxygen) and re-test in three months. From the bit that I was reading, if this is caused from your exercise, you'll just learn to figure out when you need to increase/decrease workouts and increase/decrease iron consumption and you'll feel good as new.


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