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[QUOTE=mjinteriors;4750606]Hollyday our situations are SO similar it's almost scary![/QUOTE]

Wow, you're right, our numbers are really similar as are our symptoms! It's such a relief to me to know what is causing all these seemingly unrelated problems: hair falling out, restless legs, weakness, breathlessness etc.

Another funny coincidence is that I [I]rarely[/I] go to doctors either. I don't want to be seen as a "whiner." lol I'm 43 so I guess we are apparently of the same "suck-it-up-and-deal-with-it" generation. :D

Ok, another really weird thing. You have [B]3 boys[/B] 20, 18 & 12. I have [B]3 girls[/B] 19, 17 & 13! Now tell me that doesn't make the twilight zone theme music start up in your head! :dizzy: haha (See, now I'm dating myself by referencing old black&white tv shows ... ;))

[QUOTE=mjinteriors;4750606] (I thought I was just getting really out of shape and literally bought a new pair of running shoes the day before my results came in!)[/QUOTE]

Exactly! lololol I thought I was just lazy & out of shape so I started a workout program at home before finally begrudgingly making a dr. appt. I knew something was wrong when I couldn't complete 20 pushups or work out with short routines without getting out of breath. I have a very slight build so it obviously wasn't a big weight gain that caused the breathlessness.

[QUOTE=mjinteriors;4750606]I honestly can say I never recovered from that mountain climb last November. I've had arthritis ever since.[/QUOTE]

I'm not a medical professional but I do know that when there is an extreme stress on the body, your immune system can get a little hyperactive & start attacking your good cells instead of bad ones. Perhaps that hike sent you into overdrive, which allowed the (autoimmune) rheumatoid arthritis to take hold.

My arthritis is osteo so I'm sorry I don't have better info for you. Oh, and it was part of a genetic connective tissue disorder so I've had painful joints since I was very young. But then again, since I've felt like this almost my whole life, the pain doesn't seem to cripple me very often - possibly because I've gotten used to it. I don't know what it would feel like to not have it!

[QUOTE=mjinteriors;4750606]Today was my ultra-sound (sono-histogram) with my gynocologist. it turns out I have one huge fibroid cyst larger than the size of a large, full term baby's head[/QUOTE]

I also went to see my gynocologist, thinking that MUST be the problem, but I only had a couple of really tiny fibroids starting up. Not enough to do anything about. Sorry to hear you will have to have a hysto. :(

[QUOTE=mjinteriors;4750606]My blood pressure is so low, my hemoglobin so dangerously low that I'm in danger of needing a transfusion ..... I'm worried about losing blood during the surgery. [/QUOTE]

Well, the good thing about having low blood pressure is that if you did have a bleeding problem during surgery, you wouldn't bleed out as fast - giving them more time to transfuse you. Knowing that bleeding will be a concern, they will probably have several bags of whatever blood type you are on hand (in the OR) just in case. Make sure though that they will have this blood readily available & won't have to wait for someone to run it to the OR.

[QUOTE=mjinteriors;4750606]Can you tell me if you've had your Ferritin done? I think that as your iron climbs with the supplements (if you don't have absorption issues... is that the %SAT for saturation?[/QUOTE]

I didn't have any of that printed on my lab results so I don't know what they are or what they would mean. I mean, I didn't even tell my GP about the hair loss or weakness or anything (just thought I was getting old - lol), I just asked for a liver & kidney function because I take so much ibuprofen. He added several other tests just for the heck of it & I'm glad he did!

[QUOTE=mjinteriors;4750606]my doctor has me on 325 farous sulphate 3Xday... but maybe your doctor has you on a lower amount for a reason?[/QUOTE]

Yknow, he didn't really tell me a certain AMOUNT to take. He just said to immediately start taking a daily iron supplement so I picked Fergon because I heard you have less constipation issues with it. But it's not ferrous sulphate, it is ferrous gluconate so that apparently explains the difference in the milligrams.

I'm sorry to hear you aren't feeling well, but I'm glad I have someone in a nearly identical (!) position to compare stories with! :)

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