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Re: Sleep/Achy
Jul 26, 2011
rube: Hi! I haven't chatted with you since before my surgery I think. I had to go off of my iron before my surgery (June 6, so 7 weeks ago) and stay off of it for a week or 2 after because having a full abdominal hysterectomy messes up your bowels for a while and iron will constipate you. My doctor told me that I shouldn't need 3/day anymore, should be able to go down to 1/day, but if I got tired and symptoms returned, up it to 2/day. That's just what happened - I was surprised that I started getting symptoms back so quickly but I started tossing and turning at night again (hard to do when you're recovering from major abdominal surgery), waking up unsettled, and the aches that I had before that were minimized became amplified again. I was also getting a bit fatigued again in the afternoons. So I now take 2/day again, and I started taking the prenatal vitamin again that the first doctor I saw put me on. When I take the iron 2X/day and take the prenatal vitamin - I sleep HARD like a ROCK.

I've got other things that are confusing matters for me since I had to have a hysterectomy I'm now going into early, surgical menopause, so I'm not sure if the fatigue part is that I need to begin taking the hormones (I was waiting for hot flashes or weepiness to occur) or if I need more iron:dizzy: But at least I've got the sound sleep part under control!

Why did your levels get low in the first place? Was there a reason? Did they find the cause? Someone once said on this forum "Anemia is a symptom, not a disease" and that is so true - it's got to be caused by something. So unless they've found your cause and fixed it, I would think it would make sense that your body isn't going to maintain it's normal levels without the help of the iron.

Hope you get your good sleep back soon :wave:


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