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help wanted:(--I see, I know exactly what you are saying. If your anxiety is bad that is a good indicator that your iron is low also. You really need to force yourself to go to the PCP even if you have to have someone take you (I had to have help for a year) and make you go!! Then the doc will give you something to ease the anxiety so that you can get the CBC and Ferritin checked. I slithered down the walls at the Hematologist, but I did it and you can too. Just know that after your visit with the doc that with med help you can get through the rest. Make an appointment today and just do it, it won't kill you. FLFLOWERGIRL:)
I have never been told by any of my doctor's to stop iron supplements prior to blood testing. It would change the circulation iron, which is the iron serum in the blood stream. It won't change the tests that you need; i.e., Ferritin. CBC, Folate and B-12. I wouldn't stop iron just for testing purposes especially if you need it.

Yes, take a deep breath and just do it! You will feel so much better and thank yourself for it when it's over. Also, I would bet that your anxiety level goes down a lot after you know where you stand on your numbers. That was always my problem I thought that the way I felt was related to my blood dropping (and panic would set in), but it was not the case. Maybe it was due to a low ferritin but I don't know that for sure. FLFLOWERGIRL:)

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