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Just a little background about me. I am 42 and was diagnosed with MS in 2001, also have had HBP since 22. In the last couple of years I was also diagnosed with uterine fibroid and have extremely heavy periods. In those two years I became increasingly worse in what I thought was MS symptoms. Unbearable fatigue, weight gain, strange cravings, ( I want to smell Pine Sol all day) muscle spasms and twitches from eyes to feet, panic attacks, insomnia, hair loss, i have almost no hair on my legs. Finally a neuro doc decided to test me for B12. It was 220 and my HMG and Hmct and Calcium and Sodium is also low. Not extremely low but under the normal. Today I had my first B12 and havent noticed anything much different really, I am worried about taking the iron supplements due to heartburn etc. Appreciate any thoughts from veterans of this disease. I don't know how long I have had this or if maybe even the MS diagnosis is wrong. Can heavy periods X2 years do all this damage?
Yes, do take the iron. I actually felt better when I took the iron on an empty stomach verses with food. I think this is due to the fact that it takes so long for food to digest and the iron sits there longer causing upset. Drink lots of water when you take the supplement and this also gives you a much better chance. This iron is a special iron for people that get GI upset that is why it works so well. If you take the recommended dose you probably won't have constipation at all. The higher the dose the opposite effect when taking iron. When I went down to 1 daily I really had to start watching my diet because of my thyroid, I have a problem with constipation on a regular basis if I don't watch the diet and drink lots of water.

I felt like death for most of the year until my ferritin hit 20 and then I started to feel better but NOT good perhaps good compared to death. I was actually anemic for 6 months. My ferritin was a 9 and under for 7 months, it went form 9-20-35-43. When I first felt better I was extremely excited, it just takes so long for some people. I still don't feel good yet on a regular basis. I had a lot of MS symptoms that have gone with the iron replacement but some neuro stuff persists and the doc say it's anxiety which it is not. So I think that there is more going on with me than they can figure out. MS was ruled out but not by an MS specialist. I have a lot of symptoms that wax and wane that are consistent for B-12 def. but that is not the case either. My ferritin was 43 last checked and I continue to make positive progress so they think all is well. I still do not feel that I can return to work though that is my goal. Jan. was a year for me.

Hoping that you have a much quicker recovery. FLFLOWERGIRL:)





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