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Hey everyone,

So I was diagnosed with iron-deficiency anemia about a month ago but didn't start taking iron supplements until last week. I originally went in for testing suspecting hypothyroidism, but it turned out to be anemia instead. I had been feeling dizzy, tired, weak, and cold, and was craving ice.

I've had these symptoms for several years, but they just recently started getting worse. I got an IUD in February, which makes my periods heavier, so I suspect that's what triggered the worsening. I think I feel a little better since starting supplements, but it could just be in my head.

From looking at my numbers, it seems like the anemia I have is pretty mild, but I was and am still sometimes getting pretty severe symptoms. I'm wondering what other people's experiences are like who have had stats similar to mine. Specifically, I'm worried the anemia isn't actually causing those symptoms and that it's some other problem yet to be diagnosed.

My numbers are:

Hemoglobin: 11.1
RBC: 3.77
HCT: 31.9
Iron : 31
Ferritin : 4

I'm a 17 year old female vegetarian.

What were your symptoms like if you had similar numbers? How long did it take you to feel better on supplements?

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