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Hi Opheliac...I'm new to the boards but currently going for iron treatments. All of those things you listed are the effects of low iron.

Anemia affects the body in so many ways because every cell in your body needs oxygen to live and function....and with anemia the oxygen just isn't getting there in the amount our cells need. Our poor bodies work overtime to feed oxygen to our cells....and we feel all those effects you listed and then some.

I was uncomfortable with my Doctor's casual attitude about my anemia (8.4 HGC and a ferritin >1 and iron saturation of 4) so I decided that since I'm having a problem with my blood, I might as well see a Doctor who specializes in blood, and I went straight to a hematologist. After 2 weeks of IV venofur treatments, I'm already feeling like a new woman. I didn't realize how sick I was until I'm getting a taste at what "better" feels like. I have 2 small children and a very active business...I was running on empty. Literally.

Advocate for yourself and get that iron up! If they say "It's just anemia" then they should be offering you something to fix it....if they are not, then it's up to you to get them to fix it. I wish you all the best!!

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