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You can be iron deficient (low iron) without it going into anemia. Anemia is the final stage (or end result) of having low iron. When you iron gets too low for too long of a time, you will eventually become anemic. Low iron will give you symptoms (fatigue, shortness of breath, rapid heart rate, exercise intolerance). When you become anemic, all these symptoms get a lot worse.
annierules--I went to the ER because the iron gave me enteritis for 3 months which got me out of my sleep every morning. I was so weak and dizzy and I didn't know what was wrong. I had tachycardia at the ER 133 heart rate, my blood cells were (MCV) 65low, severely small, not enough oxygen. What made it worse was that when I had my CBC at the ER they said, you are no longer anemic so it's not anemia. No the high dosage iron was killing me to get me from 8.5 hgb to 12.9 in 2 months time! I also had very bad pain at the top of my stomach area (sharp pain) until I discontinued the ferris sulfate. I had to hold my stomach area. I lost 15 pounds with all this. They took me off iron completely for a while. So, I basically had all the bad stuff. The doctor looked at me and said this could last another month. It only lasted 2 more weeks at that point thank goodness. At the Endoscopy there was no erosive evidence found. They did find a hiatal hernia. I took Nexium at that time, sometimes 2X daily for the pain until I healed. I had nausea for 6 months. I was fine until I took the iron and became ill as soon as I started it, but I though that I had to take it because I didn't want a blood transfusion. My PCP isn't so good and I had to wait to see the GI doc. A big mess. It's good news that your occult was neg. Your doctor will probably be familiar with the Poly Iron. It saved me from IV iron infusion, so I am grateful! I would take something to ease the stomach pain and help it heal. Ask your pharmacist, you don't have to suffer with that. Do NOT lay down after taking iron supplements. FLFLOWERGIRL:)





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