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Beauty, :)

I had chest pain when exercising, to which my doctor said: keep up the exercises BUT be cautious. How the HECK is one supposed to know how to do that (be cautious while you exercise) and when to stop? I don't happen to agree with him (the pain can be VERY scary, especially if you have a heart condition), so I have stopped doing my resistance exercises (1/2 hour at a time). Aerobic and resistance exercise are what seems to bring the pain on in my case. Now I and just walk, unfortunately not as often as I should.

If you have anemia, try to improve your iron levels. If the pain persists once your iron levels are almost normal, you'll know that your chest pain during exertion might not be anemia-related. Shortness of breath (which I also suffer from) can have many causes. I believe that anemia can cause it or at least contribute to it. Other, more knowledgable members of this board will have the answers. :)

If your palps and shorteness of breath are caused by anemia, then that means that, when exerting yourself, your body is not getting the oxygen it needs to function properly. It is a warning sign from your body--it is saying "HELP, you're pushing me to run, dance, jump; however, I don't have the equipment (red blood cells) to do it right."

While I agree with your doctor that you don't have any heart problems based on tests and that you won't kill yourself, I think it is wise to listen to your body and cut back on the amount of exercise that induces these symptoms. You may have to do gentle walking until your other values come up.

I did not get heart palps from the anemia (I had them from thyroid issues), but I did get shortness of breath and racing heart. I basically quit exercise until I got better. I really wasn't able to effectively exercise until my hemoglobin was above 13 and my ferritin was over 20.

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