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Nov 27, 2008
Hello I'm new to the boards and very new to dealing with anemia. I was just diagnosed not quite two weeks ago although I have been experiencing symptoms for months I just didn't know for sure what was going on with my body. I am an American and currently my family and I reside in Australia, so the numbers of the test results I have won't be the same as the ones you have unfortunately, but I guess we'll do the best we can do. All I do know is right now it is nice to know I'm not alone in this. I have been feeling like I have an awful flu bug for about 6 weeks now, you know, body aches and pains, being exhausted, but yet having insomnia at night. My arms and legs hurt and jerk so much at night I keep my husband awake, and I literally walk around with brain fog all day long. It is summer right now here in OZ and I'm fact I dress in layers all the time and never take them off. I have been absolutely miserable!! I can't tell you how many times I went to my doctor and he told me it was all related to the meds I take for my shoulder injury. These meds I have been taking for two years and I have felt fine all the way up until about two months ago. Countless times I would go to his office and shake and cry telling him something is wrong with me, but he would just tell me I am in great shape and send me on my way. Yeah, great shape, in the past two months I have lost over 10 pounds making that I don't even get my period right now. Fortunately, my family had to finally get our physicals for a visas so we can stay here working, and that was when my hemoglobin, MCV, iron, TFN SAT, and Ferritin all came back very low. Well, my doctor's first, second, and third response to me was eat better and take a vitamin. He even laughed at me, he literally laughed at me and said just pack a few more pounds on you from eating at McDonalds, a few leafy green veggies, and pop some vitamins and you'll be good as gold. Well, like I said I returned several times after finding the results, feeling worse and worse, telling him, it's not working, he called the hospital, talked to a specialist and they told him I had to come in right away and have an iron infusion. If I could have done a jig I would have right on that man's toes. I went in the very next day, and they pumped me full of iron, and they may still need to add more. I just think it is terrible that some doctors just don't believe you even when you are literally falling apart in front of them. The specialist says my hemoglobin is so low that I am bleeding from some where and they have to find it. Shame on my doctor for not finding my case urgent. Thanks for listening and letting me vent, it truly is frustrating. And by the way, no, I can't see any other doctor but him, because of the contract my husband is under here, he is the only doctor for us Americans and no we aren't military. The only result I think you and I have in common would be the Ferritin and mine was 3, but they were more worried about the hemoglobin. Have a great day everyone and nice to meet all of you.

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