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[QUOTE=kalouise;5309044]Wow, I hope I don't get banned. I had to cancel twice already due to bad headaches which get horrible if I don't eat. I am determined to do this next week because I have got to get to the bottom (no pun intended!) of this! I have been seeing so mucus in my stool, so I really need to buck up and get it done.
I really don't think the amount of iron you are taking will help get your iron up, sorry to say. Some preparations are much gentler on your tummy. With even normal menstruation, at such a low level you are not going to get it up with less than daily % (for someone with normal ferritin levels). I have tried feosol gentle iron. It is carbonyl iron and is only digested as your stomach acid becomes available so it isn't absorbed all at once like other formulations and is therefore much easier. My stomach was bloated and rough for the first few weeks I took iron but now, it doesn't bother me at all. And I will take a little upset over feeling like death any day! Try florastor or similar product for a probiotic. I feel some probiotics are rough on the stomach but I think its an initial problem that will go away after taking them for a bit. Florastor has the same bacteria that is found in kombucha, so it works differently. I found it to be very gentle and taking it along with the other probiotics helped.
I hope you get some answers and start to feel better. I know its hard but try to get that colonoscopy! I will let you know how mine goes! The worst is the prep! It will at least give you peace of mind that something serious isn't going on![/QUOTE]

Yes the prep is what terrifies me about the colonoscopy the most! I know it must be done though, I've heard of other problems that could cause all of this too. I've had to do my own research quite extensively to try to find answers as doctors don't seem to have any. I've read a lot about low stomach acid and am convinced this could be a likely cause along with SIBO. I have brought this up to my doctor and she agreed that all symptoms were there. Last year I was also diagnosed with PCOS after having many many many painful periods for the past 7 or 8 years. Doctors have also suspected that my menses mighty be he cause of the low iron but I don't really think so, but I guess it is possible. I know its bad to google health issues but sometimes I feel as if I am my own doctor lol. What really matters is I know how bad I feel, they do not. Thank you for the suggestions with the probiotics and iron. I have heard of both and may just have to purchase these. :)





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