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It looks like you were in the same boat I was in 8 months ago. Not a fun one. All your symptoms match that of someone who is anemic. It's a good thing that you are going to a hematologist, this is the fastest route for people who are anemic and should help your numbers zip up faster.
I started with a ferritin of a 2, hemoglobin around 8, and iron count of 18. I had no insurance at the time so I went the oral route. My ferritin is now at a 33. The ferritin is what is making you feel so terrible. This number rises very slowly so be prepared. There is nothing magical that is going to make this go away, it's a long road to recovery.

People become anemic for many reasons. Seems yours is from the gastric bypass which is not uncommon for people that have had this done. My anemia is hopefully from monthly cycles, I just had an ablation so we will see. I'm praying that I get a bounce back now that I'm not losing so much blood.
A couple things you may want to have checked: Your B12 and Vitamin D levels. Low vitamin B12/folate seems to go hand in hand.

Your PICA is not strange to me at all. Mine was ice. I have a few broken teeth from it. I'm not sure if it was just the crunching or what but it's seriously something I could not live with out. I was up to 6-8, 64 oz. of ice a day. That is not a lie. It was horrible. I could not imagine my life without ice and I had a few people point it out to me, I was like noooooo I just love ice. I get it 100%. I can relate to every single symptom you have, you are not alone.

I will keep you in my thoughts and hope the hematologist can shed some light for you. You are not alone!

I also got some nice depression and panic/anxiety with all this too. I do believe it's because all of our organs are starving for oxygen (brain). I wish I could find my first post, yours looks just like mine.
Haha, you sound just like me! I am a huge procrastinator too. I bet you I slept for the first 4 months of this, I got up to try and eat and had 0 appetite. I just wanted to sleep sleep sleep. It was to the point that it was becoming scary. Mother's Day I started blacking out and thought I was dying. That was my first black out experience and was very scary.

My Dr. seemed to be a little more educated when it came to anemia, but there are lots out there that just brush it off as nothing. My hematocrit and globin are now normal but my Dr. says as long as my ferritin is low he's leaving the anemia diagnosis because he knows how crappy off people are with low ferritin. Most don't even report feeling well till that number gets up to the 50-70 range, so slow moving and my OB says I can plan on taking iron for another year!!

In your case, I would say your iron needs to be checked more often to be making sure it's working especially since your so low! The numbness I get as well in my fingertips. I was ok one day, the next day I wasn't. Just like that. I was sitting at my computer desk and felt really funny and it was a panic attack. I went to the Dr. the next day and he said your just depressed here take these (antidepressants). Drew blood, called me back the very next day and said you are severely anemic lets trade the antidepressant for iron. He says that most all of it can be directly related to the anemia. Amazing how one thing can tear you life apart. I am even having weird vision issue. It sucks so bad. I think I'm getting better then something else happens.

Vent away. I really hope you get to feeling better soon. You should definitely have them check your B12, with all your brain foggy I bet your low. I would just go grab some over the counter b12 sublinguals and take them everyday anyways. You can't overdose on B12 and your body just gets rid of what it doesn't need. :) Talk to your pharmacist about them. It will help with the brain stuff too.





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