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Were you able to find the liquid floradix at a whole foods co-op or did you have to order it online? I did pick up a supplement yesterday at our local co-op: Iron Complex with 27 mg Iron, Vit C 50mg, Folate 200mg, with herbs Dong Quai & Red Raspberry. I took one on an empty stomach yesterday with heartburn or nausea. What scares me is that I can't take a normal multivitamin without taking colace! How many am I going to have to take to aide with a high dose iron?! I am happy at least to have found out what was wrong--I had 2 significant dizzy spells last week. I had gone to the dermatologist to see about hair loss and she had ordered the Iron levels, as apparently I had issues with this before according to my chart. She felt that my hair loss is directly related to the ferritin level being low. When I looked at http://www.anemia.org they said there is no evidence that hair loss is related to anemia. They only listed a few symptoms of anemia, I think I have had several.
When I was diagnosed with IDA my ferritin was a 5 also and I think my Hemoglobin was 10.8, so very similar levels to you. I started taking 108 mgs of elemental iron a day (6 pills Ė 18 mgs each) within 4 weeks my ferritin went up to 14. At that time I had switched to an iron complex (only because I could buy it locally and the other I had to order online) and over the next 2-3 months my ferritin never raised again and started going back down. I went back to the first form of iron I was taking and within 3 weeks had a blood drawn and my ferritin had shot up to 35. Itís an amino iron in the form of iron bisglycinate, highly, highly recommended on other anemia sites. Iíve never had any digestion issues with it.

Japlopper is exactly right, Iím on month 4 and am no longer considered anemic, however, there are good days and bad days. Iím starting to have more good days but the bad days are still pretty bad, mostly fatigue. Itís the worst right before and during my period.

Flflowergirl mentioned an endometrial ablation; you should definitely look into it. In the meantime, my Naturopath gave me something called Slow Flow to take just during your period. It works wonders Ė you can google it. It doesnít stop your period but makes it way lighter and shorter.

I also had massive hair loss and believe it is connected to low ferritin levels. Thereís a ton of information about levels having to be around 70 for hair loss to stop. Iíve also seen 50 or 60 for hair loss to stop but up to 70 for new growth.

Good luck girl - I feel for ya!
[QUOTE=AnnHilary;4333641]Were you able to find the liquid floradix at a whole foods co-op or did you have to order it online? I did pick up a supplement yesterday at our local co-op: Iron Complex with 27 mg Iron, Vit C 50mg, Folate 200mg, with herbs Dong Quai & Red Raspberry. I took one on an empty stomach yesterday with heartburn or nausea. What scares me is that I can't take a normal multivitamin without taking colace! How many am I going to have to take to aide with a high dose iron?! I am happy at least to have found out what was wrong--I had 2 significant dizzy spells last week. I had gone to the dermatologist to see about hair loss and she had ordered the Iron levels, as apparently I had issues with this before according to my chart. She felt that my hair loss is directly related to the ferritin level being low. When I looked at http://www.anemia.org they said there is no evidence that hair loss is related to anemia. They only listed a few symptoms of anemia, I think I have had several.[/QUOTE]

My sister in law is a nurse and she even had such bad anemia her hair was falling out. I have had bouts of my hair falling out over the years too, and never realized it was probably anemia. I also would get dizzy, vertigo, heart palps (constant rates of 100-110 a min), out of breath, exhausted, muscles weak and burning, confusion, almost blacking out when I would stand up, aches and pains and sleepiness. I couldn't walk anywhere without needing to sit after about ten steps.

It went away and my iron was like, borderline but not anemia for many moons. Now I'm at 5 for ferritin and I'm starting to get the muscle burning and sleepiness and confusion and all again. Just typing makes my arms ache.
[QUOTE=Calamy;4690779]My sister in law is a nurse and she even had such bad anemia her hair was falling out. I have had bouts of my hair falling out over the years too, and never realized it was probably anemia. I also would get dizzy, vertigo, heart palps (constant rates of 100-110 a min), out of breath, exhausted, muscles weak and burning, confusion, almost blacking out when I would stand up, aches and pains and sleepiness. I couldn't walk anywhere without needing to sit after about ten steps.

It went away and my iron was like, borderline but not anemia for many moons. Now I'm at 5 for ferritin and I'm starting to get the muscle burning and sleepiness and confusion and all again. Just typing makes my arms ache.[/QUOTE]

Interesting this post resurfaced!! I am the OP, and thought I would follow up a bit. I continue to take the mentioned Iron Supplement, maybe 4 times a week and have attempted to try several different oral contraceptives without much luck, but at least it has bought me a few months of lesser bleeding. I have not had my levels drawn again, but between the Pills and added iron, I feel wonderful. My hair loss has completely stopped, heart rate is in the 90s, no further shortness of breath. I can't believe how sick I was last summer and fall--I never want to go through that again. I went off the protonix and just use Maalox occaisonally now. I definately feel that my hairloss and throat issues were related, and I have read where pernicious & other anemias can "strawberry tongue" and I definately think I had something like that going on. I think I am still a bit on the edge, but hopefully will be doing something permanent about the bleeding so I won't have to go down that awful path again. Also in my research, it is mentioned that numbness & tingling can also be a clinical manifestation of anemia, and I had that (usually would wake up with a numb arm) and this has also resolved.





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