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Iron deficiency- really low, any advice please!

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funkystars123 Thu 12-Dec-19 11:12:21


I have been feeling run down for ever!! But the last couple of weeks have felt through the floor... I can't think, walk and struggle to get out of bed.

I have a busy job, kids with additional needs etc so have just 'carried on' but this week I just couldn't!

I had blood tests that show I have low ferritin (5.5) and am anaemic (10)

I have arranged for a iron infusion tomorrow as I need to get back on my feet.

Any advice? Or experience really welcomed, feeling very low and frustrated at the moment- it's Christmas and I can't get out of bed...,

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00100001 Thu 12-Dec-19 11:13:03

What does your doctor say?

funkystars123 Thu 12-Dec-19 11:15:10

He prescribed iron tablets and said it would take a couple of months....

I want to do everything i can to get well as quickly as possible so looking for any experiences around diet etc...

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endofthelinefinally Thu 12-Dec-19 11:28:22

Take your iron with vitamin C and never with tea or coffee. You will absorb 4 times as much.
Your gp needs to investigate why you are anaemic. It is really important to rule out blood loss from somewhere.

endofthelinefinally Thu 12-Dec-19 11:30:18

I was terribly anaemic when I was perimenopausal because I was bleeding all the time. I took iron, but I needed a mirena coil to stop the bleeding.

funkystars123 Thu 12-Dec-19 11:36:15

I thibk its my heavy bleeding- tried a mirena last year but it didn't agree with me but have a gyne appointment in new year and some tablets to minimise the bleeding fit my next couple of periods.

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endofthelinefinally Thu 12-Dec-19 11:43:23

I hope they can help you. It is miserable bleeding like that. flowers

danni0509 Thu 12-Dec-19 11:45:18

Can you take some spatone sachets?

There is one I think it's the Apple one that has added vit c to increase absorption.

funkystars123 Thu 12-Dec-19 11:53:28

Thank yoh @endofthelinefinally

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Santasy Thu 12-Dec-19 11:57:19

Red meat! Seriously, a steak will help.
Spatone is for maintaining already decent iron levels so stick with your prescription iron tablets (and prune juice!).

When I was anaemic recently that was the advice from my doctor and the red meat thing made an immediate difference.

novacaneforthepain Thu 12-Dec-19 11:59:00

I'm sorry to be morbid, but Can I please suggest that you are checked for bowel cancer, as this can be a sign and some GPS do miss it

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