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Trixibel--It is so normal to feel the symptoms that you have. I encourage you also to take iron. Your doctor will monitor your blood levels and you will not have to worry about too much iron or it being bad for you. For people like us, it is almost impossible to get too much iron because that is our problem in the first place:(. It shouldn't take you too long to get to the non anemic range which is a good thing. It's the ferritin that takes a long time for many and iron replacement is the only thing that can possibly build these stores. If you eat meat, start eating red meat 3X weekly and this too can help raise the stores a little faster IMO. You do have to fix the heavy bleeding or you will be spinning your wheels. I was unable to raise my stores until I fixed the bleeding then my body responded right away. Have you thought of options yet? FLFLOWERGIRL:)
Audrey, :)

[QUOTE]If you have anemia, cholesterol and kidney problems do you also have a thyroid problem? I believe kidney disease is also an autoimmune disease as are thyroid problems. It's not uncommon for people who have thyroid issues to have elevated cholesterol and blood pressure among other issues.[/QUOTE]

thank you for your informative post. My TSH is within normal limits. I know that this alone is not an indicator of a good thyroid function and other tests, such as a freeT3, are needed. I assume the thyroid function is OK since my neck looks normal. I am not sure what the symptoms of a dysfunction are, but attribute my constant arm and hand tingling on both sides to possibly a deficiency in some mineral or vitamin, or an excess of the same. But really, to be honest, I don't know why I have it. I've had it for some time now (months). Can low iron cause the tingling and numbness? You mentioned Omega3s and fish oil. I take fish oil supplements daily. They are essential to our health and easier to consume than frequent servings of fish :)

flowergirl
flowergirl--tingling and numbness are usually signs of a B12 deficiency. B12 deficiency gives "neurological" symptoms while iron deficiency usually gives cardiac/respiratory symptoms (lack of oxygen/red blood cells leads to heart issues, breathing issues, fatigue, etc).
Christine, :)

[QUOTE]tingling and numbness are usually signs of a B12 deficiency. B12 deficiency gives "neurological" symptoms while iron deficiency usually gives cardiac/respiratory symptoms (lack of oxygen/red blood cells leads to heart issues, breathing issues, fatigue, etc[/QUOTE]

thank you very much for that. I will have to look into it. My ex-doctor was not concerned and yelled at me to worry about the real issues (whatever!!!) -not aches and pains. My new doctor does not know about it yet. I'll make sure to mention it.

In addition to the tingling and numbnessin my arms and hands, I have every single cardiac/respiratory symptom of iron deficiency you mentioned, and then some. :(

flowergirl
flowergirl--Whenever you are DX'd with anemia or low iron/ferritin you should always be tested for B-12 and Folate too. It is also quite common to have both deficiencies at the same time. I however also have some numbness and tingling but they haven't found a cause yet. My B-12 is in the 800's and has never been low. Usually B-12 is 400 and under when it presents with neuro symptoms. FLFLOWERGIRL:)
flowergirl--I know that they say it is normal:(, but that is ~very low normal~ to me. This is just my opinion as a patient. They say it is low when it is 200 or less. Your number might very well be causing your tingling symptoms. There was someone else here that was ill at 400 with many symptoms. The good thing about this, is that you can raise it on your own, and it is not dangerous in any way. You cannot get too much. It does have to be sublingual, you probably already know this stuff. FLFLOWERGIRL:)
Flflowergirl,

[QUOTE]The good thing about this, is that you can raise it on your own, and it is not dangerous in any way. You cannot get too much. It does have to be sublingual, you probably already know this stuff.[/QUOTE]

I do not know [U]ANY[/U] of the stuff you mention. How could I? All this is [U]brand new [/U]to me. Until a few months ago, I had a doctor who was not willing to listen to any new issues as they arose, be it side effects or symptoms. I now have a doctor who is simply great. It will take time to go over everything that needs to be dealt with.

How can I raise it? Do you mean the B12? How is it administered and in what form?
Thank you for your help!
flowergirl





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