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I'm sorry you are feeling so awful and anxious! Try to remember, as Cymrygirl pointed out, that anxiety and panic can be symptoms of anemia. Your ferritin is REALLY low! Sounds like you are just getting slammed with all kinds of symptoms. Yikes! :eek:

I'm in the U.S., and I would say that many GPs do not take anemia very seriously here at all. Mine has been telling me for over a year that I am anemic, but told me not to worry about it and didn't prescribe iron supplements or even tell me to get something over the counter. :rolleyes: I think that many docs don't realize how serious anemia is. Are you able to get a referral to a hematologist? Once I got to the hematologist and she saw my labs (I have a ferritin level of 5), she became determined to get to the bottom of it and to try to get me feeling better ASAP. I will be seeing her again in a few weeks, after a GI pill camera test, and if my numbers are still so low, I will be getting an IV infusion of iron. She said that that is the fastest way to get your levels back up. Are you able to self-refer in the UK, or do you have to go through your GP or consultant?

It's really unfortunate how some docs can get you to doubt yourself and your symptoms. It was a real relief for me when the hematologist asked me about my energy level and how I was functioning in general, and then said that she wasn't surprised that I was feeling so bad given that my ferritin was "in the single digits." After hearing this I really started to take in just how badly I'd been feeling--I'd been sort of denying it to myself before that.

There IS a light at the end of the tunnel and you WILL get better eventually, but it's going to take some time and perhaps some persistence on your part. From what I understand, once your ferritin level (which, as you probably already know is your body's stored iron) gets so depleted, it can take months to get back into normal range. I hate to say this, but I think you are just going to have to accept that you are going to be sick for a while. You need a doctor who really understands anemia and knows how to treat it as well as some time to heal. I know how hard it is as a mother, when others are depending on you so much, and it must really add to your stress level to have those students depending on you too. But, you can't make yourself function properly when you are having vision and hearing problems, pain all over and dizziness. :dizzy:

I hope you are able to "raise Cain" and get yourself some help soon. You WILL get to feeling better with proper treatment--just not as soon as you'd like. Sorry! Keep us posted.

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