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If you thought you might be slightly anaemic, would you bother to get a diagnosis or self-medicate?
For the past few weeks I've needed to go for a nap each afternoon, which I haven't done since DD was teeny tiny She's actually sleeping fairly well so I'm wondering if I'm slightly anaemic - DH is veggie so we don't eat a lot of red meat (though do have lots of green veg). The internet thinks I need to go and get a blood test, which seems like a lot of trouble for both the doc and me. I'm wondering if I should just take some iron tablets (and lactulose ) and see if I feel better. Am I likely to do myself a mischief?
The therapeutic iron levels that you need to increase blood levels in anaemia are not high enough in over the counter iron pills, so will require a prescription. Your best bet is to pop and see your GP so that your levels can be checked, there are also other illnesses that can cause fatigue so these need to be looked for aswell.
cant hurt to take some iron tablets.but you may as well try it with diet first.im veggie and have to watch my iron-though i drink far to much tea which dulls my iron intake. you need to include green leafy veg-like spinach,brocolli,cabbage,beans and lentils,tofu,pumpkin seeds,figs,dried apricots(apparently 5 a day is your daily iron!),or dates.apparently dark chocolate is full of iron too!-and nicer than cabbage|!.you need to make sure you also have plenty vitamin c to help you absorb all this iron!
I would, it can take a long time to get the levels back to normal, over the counter stuff just isn't the right strength so it needs a prescription. They should check if it's anything else, thyroid problems can cause fatigue aswell. I thought there was more iron in spinach then steak??