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Hi Ladies,

Fatigue - it took me six months to jump by 12 points to get my ferritin to 22. It takes a long time! I am still taking supplements daily and the one I take is called FERSADAY (100mg) which is ferrous fumertate 322mg. I take one of these per day, this is the one the doctor has prescribed for me. I also take one FEROGLOBIN B12 tablet per day which is 24mg ferrous fumerate and includes other B vits and zinc and copper. This is from a company called Vitabiotics and I get it online as I don't have a supplier near me. They are really gentle on the stomach too. So in all I take 124mg iron per day as a supplement, then of course in my diet I include red meat a few times a week, which is the best way to get iron. Also, cereals are a good source as iron is added but I am not a fan of cereal. The spinach you are taking will probably not be doing you any good ironwise as it also has something in it that cancels the benefits of the iron out! I also have plenty of veg and fruit, brocolli is a good source. You must also take Vit C and I take a high dose supplement which helps with absorption of the iron. Stuff such as calcium, tea and coffee can hinder absortion so these are best avoided until a couple of hours after or before taking your pills.

I have been taking this increased dosage of iron for the past couple of months so I don't know what my ferritin is at at the moment, hopefully it is much higher but I do not feel any better.

I also have crashing fatigue where I just cannot seem to keep going for a second longer but I always seem to keep going!

God knows how long my ferritin has been low, but I was struck down by Labyrinthitis 4 years ago (inner ear virus), and I too have put loads of weight on, I just cannot seem to lose it! I am putting it down to middle age because I am 48 years old. I have a cousin who is the same age as me as she has no other health problems and she is bigger than me!!

Kitty - please don't feel guilty that you cannot do what you used to do. I used to blitz the whole house on a Monday every week and EVERYTHING would get done. Now I have to accept that I cannot do that anymore because it totally wears me out and I do a little each day. You do have something wrong with you and it is not an excuse -it is real!

I have never been a one for exercise but I love to walk. Why don't you try that? It is good for the health and good for the mind. Give it a go - you might enjoy it!

Take care

Mac2 x

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