My Summer Of Anemia

I found out I was anemic the summer of 2008. I had been so sick, dry heaving, shaking, blurred vision, pains in my left side. I could barely move. I was bed ridden for a good month. During that month I had lost 50lbs. Now, I was chubby.. so I didn't mind. I had been back & forth from the ER about 4 times during this month (thank-god for free health care in Canada). I had 2 ultra sounds, a barrium shake ultra sound, blood work done about 4 times, urine samples & put on antibiotics for kidney infections (they also thought it was apendix) When they realized it wasn't a kidney infection or my apendix.. they thought it might be kidney stones, so they put me on Tylenol 3's for pain (I hate medication, so I never took them.) After another 15lbs of weight loss & unbelievable pain, I was able to get in & see my family doctor. They did more blood work & tested for more things.. finally they found the source of my problem I was anemic with dangerously low B-12. I now have to go every month & get a B12 shot. I've gained back 20lbs which is muscle (& some fat, since I can eat again. I couldn't eat because when I was sick my metabolism was so messed up, heavy foods made me ill.) I am still very pale & tired near the time of my needle.. but, I am in better health now & that's all I can ask for. :)

Aleighsha Aleighsha
18-21, F
7 Responses Dec 30, 2009

Can iron be absorbed through the skin at all? I was thinking about buying some iron jewelry from and was wondering if that would help at all.

Yes, I'm okay now. I still get my shots every month.

I have had bloodwork done numerous times & my results always come out with a normal amount of iron. My doctor told me that my hemogloben is perfectly fine, I just have a B-12 deficiency which is caused by something in my body (I think in my stomach) that is unable to absorb B-12 so I don't get any of it. Everything has been fine since I started getting my needle, I am so greatful for my health now, I don't take anything for grantied anymore. Thank-you for your help!

You are correct--anemia affects many body symptoms and causes many different symptoms. I am a doctor in Montana and frequently treat women with iron-deficiency anemia. One of the major problems I see repeatedly is that women with anemia are not recommended enough iron to adequately replenish them. The general recommendation is that someone with anemia should receive 2-3 mg elemental iron per kilogram body weight per day. This usually requires 90+ mg elemental iron daily. However, the problem is that most iron pills cause abdominal cramping and diarrhea at this amount. The only product I recommend for iron deficiency anemia is FerroSolve by Nutritional Biochemistry, Inc. (NBI, This product, formulated by physicians from Harvard, Cornell, MIT and Bastyr contains a proprietary amino acid chelated form of iron that's up to 75% absorbable and does not cause the abdominal complaints and constipation that other iron supplements (such as ferrous sulfate or ferrous gluconate) cause. You should consider taking FerroSolve as it's inexpensive and more effective than other forms of iron.

Thanks for hearing =)<br />
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I'm not sure about the treatment with the needle, but he does go for a check up regularly. He would be given 4 - 5 pints of blood drip (he used to joke he was much more of a vampire than human) and saline solution. That would take up 2 -3 days of hospitalisation.<br />
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He's like you, I think, with very low iron. A couple years ago, a friend of ours was telling us that my brother ought to eat more liver and oysters to increase his iron intake. The poor thing actually tried them even though he hated liver! (At least I was never short on seafood then).<br />
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We're trying our best as his lifestyle has taken a backseat these days. I'm sure he would be happy to know that there others who are in a similar boat as he is. I'll be sure to convey your thoughts to him. <br />
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Do take care & have a grand new year!

Oh my, I'm so sorry to hear about your brother. Is there a possibilty of a needle for him? Once I was on my needle, everything started looking up. My iron is at normal, regular levels though, it always was. Just my B-12 was dangerously low. It sounds as if your brother is in much worse condition then I was. I hope everything works out for him & your family. You're in my thoughts.

I'm sorry to hear about your condition. Although I am not a patient, but my brother is.<br />
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When my brother was first diagnosed as being anemic, we were very worried about him. He's being diagnosed as a sickle cell anaemia patient 5 years ago. We're still trying to understand the condition as it's very rare for Asians to be diagnosed with it. He was prescribed with iron tablets, painkillers and used to vomit terribly. He would usually be rushed to the hospital with drips. <br />
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Fortunately, these days he's recuperating well, although at a slow pace. I could see at times he wouldn't be able to walk far or his eyes were jaundice. He's lost quite a few kilos since then.<br />
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I pray that everything will go well with you; my brother even on his 'bad' days would try to smile even though we know he's in pain.<br />
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Take care!