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Hi all,

I thought I would give you a little info and see if you had any advice for me. I originally had blood work done in late September, was told I was anemic and given supplements. Had more blood work end of December, levels only minimally improved so now I'm headed to a hematologist on January 10th.

Here are the lab results (only numbers I have so far):
September: Hemoglobin 9.6, Hematocrit 31.4
December: Hemoglobin 9.9, Hematocrit 31.5

Pertinent info:
I had gastric bypass surgery in May 2007, took my supplements religiously for the first few years then admittedly slacked somewhat in the last few.

The symptoms that may or may not be due to anemia:
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[*]Extreme, constant fatigue (though I've had fatigue issues for years), feeling so tired that I want to cry. I tend to do things in short spurts, I might have energy for a few minutes then it's over. (But I also have been taking Adderall which is probably covering up a lot of symptoms. It seemed to work well at first, but now just makes me jittery and talkative for about a half hour. Doesn't really do much for concentration or energy.)
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[*]Mental fogginess, horrible concentration, forgetfulness (forget something I was going to write down before I even get the pen to the paper)
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[*]Occasionally feeling as though I just can't get enough air, like deep sighing...as if my lungs are scrunched up and I am trying to expand them (not exercise induced, no real apparent trigger...just comes and goes at random)
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[*]Hypotension, occasional dizziness (one episode of actually fainting last year, then feeling close to it one day at the store...had to hold onto the wall, felt like I was walking sideways. The first episode made some sense as I was getting up from a crouched position. The second one, I have no idea.)
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[*]Addiction to wintergreen BreathSavers. Ok, I know that sounds really weird and it doesn't exactly fit into the Pica definition, but I tend to go through a couple of packs a day, and I need to chew them. Normally, I wouldn't think it was that strange but I never used to do this...in fact I used to yell at my husband for chewing them, telling him that's not what they're for, you should let them dissolve slowly.
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Are there certain things I should ask the doctor or discuss w/him? My fear is that I'm going to come off looking like a crazy hypochondriac...which is what I think a lot of people have been assuming about me. I am not crazy! And it's not depression, though I used to have some issues with that...though these problems certainly make me feel fairly depressed at times.

So now you know a little more about me...any good advice or helpful hints?





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