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What now?
Mar 4, 2010
For the past year, if not longer, I've been feeling exhausted and, for lack of a better way to describe it, just like something is off with my body.

Several people said that it was probably either low iron or something with my blood sugar, so I started monitoring my blood sugar and taking iron pills.

Finally in June of last year, I'd had enough of feeling that way and made an appointment to have everything checked out. Everything came back fine. Which was relieving and frustrating at the same time. After that I stopped taking the iron pills because they didn't seem to be helping and just tried to get used to feeling tired and walking around in a fog all the time.

A few weeks ago, a family member asked me if I'd had my thyroid checked because thyroid problems run in the family. I started reading about it and it seemed to fit all of my symptoms, so I called the Dr and they said my thyroid levels were fine in June, but they made me an appointment the next day to check my thyroid and everything else out again.

One of the first things the doctor mentioned was that I'd gained 17 pounds in the last eight months(10 of which was gained between June and Sept., but I didn't tell her that.) and did I know why? I told her I didn't know why because I haven't changed anything. (Which is true. I know I didn't change anything in those first three months, so I don't know why I started gaining weight. All I know is that I've never been able to lose weight no matter what I've tried; except eating very little which worked some, but wasn't healthy and I gained the weight back when I started eating normally anyway. But for the past few years I'd been steadily at one weight until I gained that 17 pounds.) She told me that I should eat more fruits and veggies and try to walk 30 minutes a day and I would shape right up.

They drew blood and told me they would call me if anything was wrong. They called and I was told that my iron was low and something was wrong with my cholesterol. They want me to come in once a month for B12 shots for the iron and to take fish oil pills for the cholesterol.

I was frustrated that it wasn't my thyroid because that seemed to fit all of my symptoms, but anyway. I went in for my first B12 shot on Monday. I asked the nurse giving it to me how long it usually takes for it to work, she said some people feel better after the first shot, but for some it takes two or three, and that after her first shot she wanted to clean her whole house.

Fast forward to Wednesday and I still don't feel the least bit better. I call the Dr and am told that sometimes it takes more than one shot, and that no, they can't give me another one until next month. I don't think I can take another month of feeling like this.

Is there anything I can do other than wait another month for the next shot (and hope that helps)? Will getting my iron levels up make it so I can lose the weight? Does low iron even explain my symptoms (lack of energy, dizziness, feeling like I'm walking around in a fog, irregular periods, weight gain/inability to lose weight, etc.)?

Thanks in advance for your help.

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