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Worrywort,
Definitely time for a new hemo! I only went once to mine. I think its something I can manage on my own and just asked my reg doc for testing every so often, since few doctors give you the time of day on low iron. I never had problems until after I had two stomach bugs and a bad cold/strep in between that I took antibiotics for. I had a c diff test that was neg, but I wonder if that's true. I swear with this pain, I must have developed crohns or maybe even have colitis. I just don't see how I could go from healthy to chronic pain down there with negative tests. I don't get gassy/crampy its like a burning pain that never goes away for more than an hour. Its actually been worse this week with eating spicy food, so I am starting to think something is definitely irritated.
I am doing 325mg 2x day. This past week I have been adding one more pill every other day because I felt so bad the week prior. I have read that some folks take 325 mg 3xday, so I am not worried about it. I am soooo eager to feel better. Last I checked in june my level was at 24. I have had two periods and given 16 tubes of blood since, so I think it could be lower now. Its hard sometimes to attribute your symptoms to the iron since its technically within range. But I just keep telling myself that everyone is different and I may need much higher levels to function like a normal person.
When I think back over that past year or two, I was always feeling tired and blamed it on work. When I would get my period I had some weird anxiety and just felt off. I thought it was hormones, but now I think low iron symptoms were creeping in. I always felt like I was on the verge of getting a cold, and traveling or anything stressful would make it come on. I got sick 5 times over the fall and beginning of this year...like very sick, bronchitis 2x, strep, colds and stomach bugs 2x. I think back and get angry because if I had gotten my iron up, my immune system would have functioned better and I prob wouldn't be where I am at today!





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