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JosieO--You say you have been struggling with anemia for a few years, do you know the cause of your anemia? That will have to be corrected before your body will be able to hold onto the iron. You said, "My iron is 12.1 HGB and Ferritin 19.6." Your optimal value for Hgb is a 14.0 and for you Ferritin anything under a 10 means there are NO iron stores remaining. You will need to build your ferritin to at least 50 minimal. It took me 3 yrs to get my ferritin to a 71 it can take some of us years and all this depends on the reason for the anemia (iron deficiency) in the first place. In my case I had heavy periods and then on top of that, malabsorption of iron so it took much more in the way of iron supplements and that is forever. The way that you are feeling will also depend a bit on your past history, i.e., I have anxiety so when anemic that became much worse. Whatever you are predisposed to it will become worse with anemia. My anemia was so bad for so long I was also DX'ed with Fibro when my iron was finally repleted. I thought it was just the low ferritn for so long but not in my case. I have never been able to return to work and its been 3 yrs now. Things can happen to your body when anything is disrupted so, the sooner the better take the proper measures to replete your iron stores and Hgb. Take care. FLFLOWERGIRL:)

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