Ok, I guess I have the symptoms, im always cold, very white, get light headed alot. I dont really get tires though, only tiredness is that sometimes when doing sports I yawn but I dont feel tired when I yawn, its not like yawning before I go to sleep. My mum is anemic, so we went to the doctors and he checked my eyes as apparently you can tell that way, but he said I didnt look anemic, I am waiting on results from a blood test to see vut I was just wondering what you guys thought?
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replied December 17th, 2004
Yes It Could Be Anemia.
What were the results? If you're mother has it and the supplements aren't working, don't wait forever to get a full blood test. Read my account that I posted in other parts of this forum. I'll paste it here too:

when I first went to the doctor about 8 years ago and said, I noticed my hair is getting thinner, what could it be? He did a blood test and called me that night and said my iron was very low, to get on iron supplements right away. At that time my iron level (hemoglobin) was at 7.5. I did supplements, well granted I am terrible at taking pills, so ever so slowly my hemoglobin levels rose. Meanwhile, I didn't realize my periods were abnormally heavy and so all my pathetic pill taking attempts were like two steps forward, 1.5 steps back. Needless to say, the iron supplements did little to help, my hair got thinner, and I became more and more tired. I tried everything from ginseng to exercise to smoking to get energy. Well, as my energy dwindled, so did my quality of life. I am tired alll the time, my complexion is pallid and dull, I gasp going upstairs, and gave up on exercising as my arms would become numb and my left arm would even hurt. The doctors kept saying take the pills, or try birth control which I did, but it only served to make me feel ill. They started talking about hysterectomies....
Finally, I got this nice british doctor (i'm in the us) who tried a few things, then, after having not been to the doctor for 2 years, I went back and said I feel like crap basically so she decided to test me for other things. My hemo was 8.9 (up a little from the supplements 12 - 15 is normal), my ferritin was down to 2.5 (15 - 200 is normal though some hairloss researchers feel you should have 70-200), my serum iron was 27 (35 - 175 is normal) and my iron bidning capacity was up, 449 (250 - 400 normal but will go up to compensate to bind more iron). She sent me to a hemotologist who told me it's von willebrand disease, which is a genetic blood disorder and was further confirmed by the fact that my mother has a history of hemmoraging from her nose, uterus and gastrointestinally.

To make a long story short, I had the hair loss (telegon effluvium) with the follicle clumps at the end (my ponytail is the size of a dime now sniff), I have been exhausted for 8 years, I feel like i'm 70 when I should feel like i'm in my 30ish, my memory has gone terrible, I have no spunk anymore and all I want to do is lay around and watch movies. My hemotologist said the supplements weren't going to make a difference and immediatly put me on intraveneous iron which I will do for two hours, once a week for four weeks. She also is prescribing a nasal spray to use before my period to boost the protein factor in my blood that binds the iron.

There is hope, please get checked. If you relate to anything I described, forget your physician, go to a hemotologist. I should have done it years ago.
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replied December 28th, 2004
I got the blood results and I was put on 3 iron tablets for a month and then I was to back after a month of being off them to see what my iron levels were like(thats this friday), when I came off them I felt really tired for the first week but im ok now, so I dont know what'll happen, I was told to eat more greens but I really cant, even chewing them makes me boak, I think im going to throw up everytime I go to eat them............. :roll:
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replied April 25th, 2019
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and I understand your concern.
You have to continue iron supplements for atleast 3 months. As it cause dyspepsia, I would suggest you prokinetics and proton pump inhibitors as well.
I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care
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