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Holly; Oh my gosh - it's SO funny how similar isn't it? The biggest 'difference' is that I've been super healthy all my life - I mean except for being a 'day dreamer' in elementary school (lack of focus? Mental fatigue? I had TMJ, used to grind my teeth at night - stressed a lot about school/grades as a teen), I never really had any 'physical' fatigue growing up or after until recent years. Anybody that's known me as an adult knows I'm a high energy, fast walking (fast typing!), zipping from one place to another (ALWAYS to pick up or drop off one of my kids), always repainting a room, sewing new curtains, refinishing a piece of furniture, digging a new garden, building a stonewall, even painting my house while hubby was away on a business trip kind of gal! I just turned 44 last month! Now that I look back at RECENT years... I can't believe how long it's been since I've done a project for my house, how I used to be able to keep up with the housecleaning, the laundry - in the last couple of years it's all just piled up. I do have my business to blame too, I'm very busy running my own business, but back when I got all these projects done, I was working outside of the home and only had one or two days off/week! So I think (I hope) it's the fact that my anemia sapped my energy? That's what I'm hoping for. I'm hoping to regain the energy I used to have. I just hope this arthritis thing doesn't get in my way. I have not been diagnosed yet with the arthritis, just the Rheumatoid factor of 27 showed up on my blood test and the positive antibodies too and more specific bloodwork for that is being tested now, won't be back for about a week I guess :dizzy: Oh BROTHER - with all the anemia & now hysterectomy stuff recently dumped on me, do you think I want to even 'think' about 'arthritis' right now too? I've already decided that no matter what it is - I'm going to try to go the homeopathic route and treat it with vitamins, exercise and after I recover from my surgery, I want to try taking yoga for the first time. It seems like that would just be so perfect for my newly arthritic body. Why don't you TRY YOGA!!! Oh, yes, I'm so glad I just thought of that! My oldest son and his girlfriend are doing it 2X3 times a week together, they LOVE it. My son has had some issues in the past, (he's been on lots of meds in the past - we've decided they are all quick fixes - and homeopathic remedies and getting to the root of the problem is the way to treat, not 99% of these meds that doctors prescribe like candy) before this girlfriend, and I think a combination of the great girlfriend and the yoga (and a full time job) is helping his mind, body and soul emensely! I heard yoga can treat depression! It makes so much sense, it's stretching, getting your body loose and limber, meditation, it's fabulous for your mind and body and soul ...

Okay now about your iron. I'm so surprised your doctor is so nonchalant about things like how much iron to take? Why don't you seek a new doctor? Sounds like the two of you don't have good chemistry together anyway. As for the stomach upset or constipation with the iron - my doctor didn't tell me this, my doctor just said to work up to 325X3/day Farous Sulphate and make sure to take it on a full stomach. The pharmacist that I asked about it said take a stool softener with each one. So I bought stool softeners right along with the iron and take them together. I have not had even one problem whatsoever. You probably don't want to take as much as I'm taking because your hemoglobin is not as low as mine, but ... Oh, I wanted to tell you that before I ever saw a specialist, my regular doctor was out on maternity leave and her 'fill in' doctor was the one reading these results for the first time, and she referred me to a couple of the specialists, sent me for more bloodwork and had me buy prenatal vitamins to start taking after the bloodwork was done. I can tell you that even though the doctors all tell me it must have been in my head because I shouldn't feel better for a couple of weeks... I started feeling better within 48 hrs of taking those prenatal vitamins! REALLY - so now my hematologist and my regular doctor who is now back from maternity leave say it's not really necessary to take the prenatal vitamins with the iron too however, since it seems to be making me feel better, there must be something in them that's helping me so by all means, keep taking them!!!

Oh Holly, I'm really wanting you to feel better. I wish you were my neighbor, I'd love to chat over a cup of coffee about all this and about life with 3 boys vs. life with 3 girls and how crazy it is with them all these ages right now (did you ever think it would get even MORE chaotic when they got older??? I sure didn't!!!). I want some of my new energy to rub off on you!:D (btw, my 18 yr old just turned 18 less than 2 weeks ago, and my 12 yr old will be 13 tomorrow so our kids ages are closer than we first may have thought!)...

Have you considered that this pain could just be part of your osteo-arthritis? Why wouldn't it be? I'm wondering why you think that it's your blood and not your arthritis in your bones? And if that's the case, shouldn't it be your rheumatologist that's dealing with these issues with you and not your hematologist? Just curious - looking at all this for the first time and all...

Thank you so much for all your thoughtful answers to my own problems. You are a common sense kind of gal, just like me! We totally think alike and your answers make complete sense, thank you!

Feel better today okay? I've got the busiest day, my youngest is turning 13 tomorrow, his friends are throwing a big party for him at one of their houses (I just found out - need to see if I can help somehow)- my middle son has prom tonight, we all have a wedding to attend tomorrow... but I'll be watching for any added notes by you :wave:

Your new friend;),
Michelle
[QUOTE=mjinteriors;4753466]Holly; Oh my gosh - it's SO funny how similar isn't it? The biggest 'difference' is that I've been super healthy all my life[/QUOTE]

Well, due to my culture, I would say our biggest difference is that I am a Southerner & you are a poor, wretched yankee trapped in the Frozen Nawth. LOLOLOLOL!!! :D

Just kidding - had to throw that in there somewhere ..... ;)

Yes, I wasn't blessed with great health. Pick a body part, any body part, and at some point in my life I've had trouble with it (I've had over 30 surgeries - most of them under age 16 - which explains my loathing of doctors/hospital/surgeries) . Additionally, all 3 of my girls have experienced very colorful medical histories. So, even though I am careful to tell people I am not a medical professional, I probably know more about scary/strange/rare/weird diseases & birth defects than a lot of EMT's, PA's and LPN's. :p


[QUOTE=mjinteriors;4753466]Oh BROTHER - with all the anemia & now hysterectomy stuff recently dumped on me, do you think I want to even 'think' about 'arthritis' right now too?[/QUOTE]

I feel ya, I really do. We often tell people [i]"If we didn't have bad luck, we'd have no luck at all!"[/i] Just in the last few years I contracted a very weird & rare, paralyzing disease. Went into deep depression. In the middle of recovery from that, my best friend was diagnosed with a weird & rare liver disease & had to have a liver transplant, which necessitated that I care for her in hospital and at home while scrutinizing her meds (she doesn't have any family here) and translating "med-speak" for her. Then as soon as I was coming back into the world from all that, our house burned down & we lost everything. We've recently moved into our rebuilt home but after suffering through Katrina & Gustave & the BP oil spill & now the swollen Mississippi threatening to wipe out several areas of South Louisiana, we are getting a bit weary of disasters. lol

Oh, and I'm sorry I didn't get back to you sooner after your original post. My husband's grandmother died & we were quite busy with all of that (especially since there are many family members who had to come in from other states & our hosting abilities were really put to the test). They've all headed home now though, so we are just watching the rising water. We live in a low area between 2 rivers so it's always a concern. Oh blah blah blah, whine whine whine - sorry to meander off into complaining!


[QUOTE=mjinteriors;4753466]I'm going to try to go the homeopathic route and treat it with vitamins, exercise and after I recover from my surgery, I want to try taking yoga for the first time.[/QUOTE]

Well it certainly can't hurt! :D I started doing some yoga after the 3 ruptured disks in my lower spine (L2, L3 & L4) became fairly excruciating. It worked wonders!!!! Plus, it should also help with any anxiety or depression you're feeling. I think everyone should set aside some meditational time every day along with stretching/yoga. You always feel better afterward!


[QUOTE=mjinteriors;4753466]getting to the root of the problem is the way to treat, not 99% of these meds that doctors prescribe like candy[/QUOTE]

You are singing my tune, Sister. There is a place for Western style medicine when necessary, but for most of the pills they push on TV there are better & more effective natural remedies. I've also been reading several books on neuroscience which describe how the brain works in great detail. If only people realized that they can "treat" themselves for many illnesses by changing their brains. Neuroplasticity should be the mantra of the new millennium. ;)


[QUOTE=mjinteriors;4753466]Have you considered that this pain could just be part of your osteo-arthritis? Why wouldn't it be? I'm wondering why you think that it's your blood and not your arthritis in your bones?[/QUOTE]

Please excuse me if this seems strange, but .... WHAT pain???? Other than the restless legs (which are better now), my only other symptoms were hair loss, weakness & breathlessness. I'm having to really think now but I don't think I've had any NEW pain since this anemia snuck up on me. My arthritis-joint-pain has felt the same as it always has. My doc keeps trying to casually swing me toward joint replacement (since my left hip & right knee are pretty bad) but I feel like I'm too young. Plus, I will have to literally be on death's door to willingly submit to surgery again - lololol.


[QUOTE=mjinteriors;4753466]Thank you so much for all your thoughtful answers to my own problems. You are a common sense kind of gal, just like me! We totally think alike and your answers make complete sense, thank you![/QUOTE]

Awwww, thank you! I do my best to keep up with all things medical, even though I usually end up reverting back to my crunchy granola ways. Being raised by hippies tends to stay with you. ;)

Anyway, happy birthday to your son and hope y'all have fun today!!! :jester:





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