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Hi There,

I have been diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Hormone Imbalance, and treatments did not work. I just found out my true issue is Iron Deficiency Anemia. I had a roux-en-y gastric bypass 12 years ago and just found out my body is incapable of absorbing any kind of iron so my ferritin and hemoglobin levels are very low as they have been going down for 12 years.

I am starting on IV Iron today (they are doing a "sample" to see how I react, my first full dose will be next week), and weekly IV iron for the next 12 weeks. I have been told I will need IV iron once every 6 months once my iron levels are up to where they should be.

I am constantly exhausted, my spouse and kids have been putting up with my not wanting to go anywhere after work, and taking a lot of naps. I have been pushing myself to go to work but it has become very difficult. My manager is not sympathetic so I am considering just taking medical leave until I start feeling better (which the doctor says should be in just a few weeks!).

Just make sure your girlfriend sees a good hematologist and she should get any help she needs.

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