I've Had Anemia For Years!!

I was diagnosed with Iron Deficiency Anemia 2-3 years ago, I had pica and ate ice like crazy, I actually spent time and money to go through drive-thrus to get a few large cokes with ice just for the ice. Since then I have been on 320mg Iron pills (18 times daily amount). My first test my # was a 3, Second test 27, Third test 31, Forth test 30, and my most recent test a week ago 31. The iron pills have basically done what they can so I have to find a way to put Iron in my diet which is hard since I don't like most meats or veggies. I can deal with taking pills every day, I have for years, but the blood tests every 3 to 6 months is getting harder because I really don't like hospitals or doctors offices to the point where I faint after being exposed to them for a little while. Even just for a 10 min blood draw that takes me at least a day to recover from. I need to find an easy way to take alot of iron each day and a way to keep my levels up.

Jenhorse Jenhorse
18-21, F
3 Responses Feb 24, 2010

THIS IS THE SAME THING I FEEL...

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, www.nbihealth.com). 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.

guess i have a sister here who feels what i feel hope u find an answer the best i found was taking shots which i dnt like already skipped a check up so tired odf it