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Hi Everyone
I will give you a bit of history about me firstly, I live in the UK , Noth wales, not sure if this board is UK or international but i'm sure the advice/help will be the same anyway. In 2006 my ferritin was tested due to recurrent throat infections etc and it was found to be 11 , so i was given iron tablets and took them for a while and my iron went up to about 38( I think the doctor said this was within a normal range) but they made me feel really sick so i was quite reluctant to take them , i started to feel better the throat infections stopped and I stopped taking the tablets and my bloods were not tested again til this time. A few weeks ago i seemed i developed a problem with my eyes, they were constantly feeling tired, sore and watery, I had swabs and optician check and nothing was found but the doctor gave me antibiotic drops , not sure if they worked .. but after about 14 days that cleared up . then just after that I started to feel very light headed and dizzy with a kind of shaky feeling . at first i thought it might be low blood sugar as i seemed to get this when i was pregnant also , so i went back to the doctors had loads of blood tests done , they checked for coeliac dissease (as they say this can stop your body absorbing iron) that was clear, and they checked thyroid function, diabetes, liver function . When i phoned the doctors the receptionist just said my serum ferritin/iron was low and there was a prescription for me waiting, when i asked her what level it was she said 10.8. I have been given a prescription for ferrous fumerate to be taken 3 times a day!This seems like such a lot to me , im sure last time when it was at 11 i only had to take 1 a day , but that was 3 years ago .
Is it normal procedure for doctors to just prescribe iron tablets and see if things improve before exploring other things or should i feel concerned that he hasnt asked to see me . I am trying to reassure myself that my iron was this low 3 years ago and did go up when i took the iron tablets, and Im still here, dont seem to have any other symptoms etc. but when i look at websites about iron deficiency anemia . they scare me stupid about it being caused by losing blood/colon cancer etc. Should i be going back to the doctors and asking him to infestigate more or should i see if things improve with the tablets. I am 36 years of age and Im not sure if my periods could be classed as very heavy, they last for about 6 days and I guess they are heavy for about 3 days of them 6 but i dont know what would be classed heavy enough to make me anaemic , also i dont know if this might play a part or at all effect my iron , but i have been dieting for 18 months and have lost 7 stone , it is a healthy diet(slimming world ) but I dont really eat alot of cereal or bread anymore . I eat loads of fruit and vegetables and pasta and rice, and i do try to eat some meat , some days I will eat lots of meat and on other only smallish portions , but i do try to have pulses atleast a few times a week . I thank you so much for reading and would really appreciate any words that anyone might like to offer me as i am so confused and worried
thank you

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