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floewrgirl it took me two years to get ferritin to 58.my periods are not so heavey these last few months even though gyn said UFE diddnt work,as fibroid is stiill the same size and should be dead,i have an appointment on the 21st jan to see about hys,my friends laugh at me saying im going to be top and tailed as i see the nuero on the 6 jan,if i dont have any luck with neuro i will purchace b12 from the net,for people with low b12 do you have problems with slow digestion it takes about 8 hours for my food to digets its been like this for a coulpe of years,i get that i dont want to eat becouse of this,my gp has given me some tabs,but said try not to take them all of the time,just another symptom to add to many,all the best shirley:wave:
moommin - firstly congratulations on getting to 58 ....... fires the starting gun for the moommin and FLFLOWERGIRL ferretin race to reach 70 :bouncing:

Like you ladies, my ferretin took forever to rise and like you moommin my digestion was woeful. My doctor did a stool analysis where they check to see what you are not digesting eg: protein, carbs or fats. I wasn't digesting protein correctly due to insufficient digestive enzymes provided by my pancreas. Looking back, i think my ferretin began climbing faster once my digestive enzymes took effect. My enzymes are prescription only. Years ago i had tried over the counter enzymes but they weren't too effective. I think they are more for people with minor problems.

Also like you moommin, even when my ferretin had rise i was tired all the time. Actually i got even more tired than when i was anemic!! It was at the start of this year i was diagnosed with a thyroid condition and poor adrenal function. So my tiredness stems from those issues.

It's a good idea as FLFLOWERGIRL said to keep an eye on your B12 too. Also have you had a gluten intolerance test done? gluten can cause all kinds of symptoms or no symptoms at all. Being gluten inolerant or full blown Celiac has in a lot of people stopped their ferretin from rising and some have ended up being anemic. Once they eliminated gluten from their diet they almost didn't even need to supplement with iron as their iron moved up of its own accord.

While you are at it, get your Vitamin D levels checked out. So many people are low in that and it's important for healthy bones among other things.

Happy New Year ladies and looking forward to another interesting year on the Anemia board :)
Ladies,

I am delighted to have finally come across people with low iron problems.

Ive been fighting the chronic tiredness/ hair loss/ anxiety etc for 2yrs. When I first went to the GP my readin was 11 - he told me that was fine and just to take suppliments for 3mths, which I did. Still no change in me a couple of months later so I went back, this time he gave me anti-depressents and said that there was no point in checking my iron as I had panic disorder?!?!
To cut a long story short Ive been to see many GPs and they all just tell me my iron is low and to take suppliments. After 2 yrs on Galfer my reading was 25 in August 08. I went back to the first GP in Oct 08 as I was so worn out, he told me to stop taking the iron as it obviously wasn't working, he wouldnt give me a note for work (I was so weak I had to be helped to the docs) and told me that all he could give me was anti-depressents!!!!

At this stage I have almost given up but reading your posts have really helped as I see Im not the only one who KNOWS that their own levels are a problem.

Ive increased iron in my diet and I really saw the different when I got my period last month (normally floored at that time of the month).

Question is: what do I do next? Who do I go to see? What do I ask for etc? Anyone recommend a good doc in Ireland?

Grateful for any hints/ tips/ shoves in the right direction. It's 2009 and I want my life back!
My neurologist explained that B12 deficiency works on your nerves more than iron deficiency anemia does. B12 is necessary for brain function, if you don't have it you've got problems. I would demand that my physician give me B12 shots if I were you. If he won't, then find one who will or take them yourself.
As for the nerves problem, B12 deficiency can literally cause something called megoblastic psychosis, I think that is correct, that is a mental illness caused by the deficiency. My neuro said anything under 600 was too low for someone with my symptoms. I am so convinced that B12 changed me I have applied for full time jobs and told Soc Sec Disability that I won't be needing it any longer. Please convince whoever you have to that these symptoms are not in your head and it's not necessarily depression. I was told that too. Took Zoloft for years till it made me fat and sicker. Finally I was told I was not depressed but defiecient.
[QUOTE=irisheyes39;3840557]My neurologist explained that B12 deficiency works on your nerves more than iron deficiency anemia does. B12 is necessary for brain function, if you don't have it you've got problems. I would demand that my physician give me B12 shots if I were you. If he won't, then find one who will or take them yourself.
As for the nerves problem, B12 deficiency can literally cause something called megoblastic psychosis, I think that is correct, that is a mental illness caused by the deficiency. My neuro said anything under 600 was too low for someone with my symptoms. I am so convinced that B12 changed me I have applied for full time jobs and told Soc Sec Disability that I won't be needing it any longer. Please convince whoever you have to that these symptoms are not in your head and it's not necessarily depression. I was told that too. Took Zoloft for years till it made me fat and sicker. Finally I was told I was not depressed but defiecient.[/QUOTE]





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