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New to Anemia
Jun 11, 2008
I found out about 2 months ago my blood was low - 9.1 The cause is basically I had Gastric Bypass 7 years ago and now I am not absorbing Iron from my food and the vitamins I have been taking is no longer enough.
I started taking Childrens vitamins with iron (Flinstones - because regular vitamins don't stay long enough in my stomach to be absorbed properly)

I have shortness of breath, am a little tired and have terrible legs cramps at night. I also have the worst craving for ICE. I am constantly chomping on ice.
Someone told me months ago I may be anemic because I was always eating ice but I thought they were just saying that. Does anyone else has this problem? What causes you to want ice soooo much when you are anemic?

After 2 months my blood has gone up to 10.1 but I don't really see any difference in the cramps, or Ice cravings, or breathing. This past weak I had an episode where I got a burst of pins and needles in my arm an upper back (shoulder blade) I was told that this can be caused by not enough oxygen getting to a certain part of the brain. Any thoughts on that symptom?
Re: New to Anemia
Jul 8, 2008
[QUOTE=FLFLOWERGIRL;3606428]They do make iron supplements for people in your situation. The Iron also has IF Intrinsic Factor in the supplement along with B-12 and Vit C. My sister also had GB and takes this form and it seems to work well. Let me know if you want more info on it.

I had the craving for ice too and like you I didn't think that it was anything to really worry about. Boy, was I wrong. I don't know how to explain it but the body has a craving for non-food items. Mine was only ice. Shortly after beginning iron supplements it went away for good.

Regarding your pins and needles symptom, I'm really not sure. It could be many things. I had/have this symptom in my hand, face and foot sometimes. It last for months and stops. My Neuro said anxiety but I know that's not true. I have a few symptoms that came with the anemia but did not leave with the anemia being resolved. It's strange. Hope you find your answers. FLFLOWERGIRL:)[/QUOTE]
Hey Thanks for the info I thought I was crazy craving the ice thing. I also hav a thing for smells that would about make me sick before- I could sit at a gas pump all day long and smell the gas - They would probably charge me as high as gas is!!!

What is it your sister uses. Is it a prescription? I haven't been back for another blood check yet. They said wait a month. I don't have periods. I had Breast cancer at age 36 and went into early menopause by 39. So they ruled that out fast. I think I am doing a bit better. Not so much shortness of breath. But still chomping Ice. I hope my teeth hold on until this gets straight. Thank God we have an Ice machine (we have a commercial fishing business) that produces soft ice.

Let me know where I can get what your sister is using.

Thanks again

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