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When doctors read their textbooks they are told that a person should feel fatigue and "symptoms" until they are moderately anemic. And maybe there are *some* people who don't.

I am one who did. I had a hemoglobin of 11.7 and I felt like I was losing my life. I hardly had any drive or ambition for my job anymore. It was all I could do to get up in the morning and get to work, where I would lazily sit at my desk all day. Only to come home and sit on the couch. I could no longer walk 3 miles a day, and, worst of all, I stopped shopping!:D Actually, a lot of this happened before my hemoglobin even got down that far. I was having symptoms when I was in the 12 range.

FINALLY, someone ran a ferritin test and my ferritin was at 5. Absolutely no iron stored in my bone marrow. I have spent the last two years SLOWLY raising my ferritin (and along with it my hemoglobin, hematocrit, etc). Even when my numbers got back in the normal levels, I didn't feel well. Still couldn't really exercise for any length of time. But other things improved--like the rapid heart rate.

Over the past 6 months, things have gotten markedly better, my ferritin is still on the lower side (at 29) but I am on my treadmill each night for 30 minutes and I even jog. I'm back to shopping at the mall every weekend and not having it wipe me out, and I started a new job in March that works my butt off and I can do it!!

So, there is hope and you are not crazy. Insist that your doctor run a ferritin and B12 test before you start taking anything so you will know for sure what is wrong. Once you know, you can take the appropriate supplements.

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