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 sillychick
Joined: 9/26/2005
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I have had the same thing for years and right now I know either my iron or b12 is too low again because the fatigue and swollen glands have returned. I see my doc MOnday and it can't come soon enough. I had been taking 300 mg of iron daily and 2000 mcg of b12 orally daily. Obviously this just isn't enough anymore since I'm feeling so run down so will hopefully get to the bottom of this soon.

Once I started on the iron and b12 supplements, my energy was restored in a week or so. It just depends if they start you at a high enough level or not.
 sillychick
Joined: 9/26/2005
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Posted: 8/16/2006 1:20:13 PM
I was on B12 shots and they didn't last with me long enough between shots so it was suggested that I take it daily instead. I was on 3 injections per week and it was still low all the time and since I've been taking the 2000 mcg per day, I feel good most of the time and my levels are always within the normal range now. Right now I think I'm lacking either iron or b12 because I am fatigued all the time so will get those levels checked next week and then adjust the iron or the b12 as needed.

I think my doctor needs to find the root to my b12 deficiency because from everything I have read, it's not normal to be b12 deficient unless there is a specific reason such as crohn's, removal of intestines, stomach cancer, etc....i've had nothing of the above and have had low b12 for years with them never finding out what the root of it is.
 sillychick
Joined: 9/26/2005
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Posted: 8/17/2006 6:11:18 AM
The real deal,

He looked into pernicious aenemia and it's not that. I seem to be a mystery to all the specialists, they can't figure me out, but then again neither can i. lol
 lynney
Joined: 3/16/2006
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Posted: 8/17/2006 9:16:42 PM
i have anemia, though not severe enough to need the shots. i'm supposed to take iron supplements, but don't usually.

i'm always tired but push myself through it. on top of the anemia, i also have poor circulation (i pity me when i get older, lol) so i'm always cold as well and can sometimes wear sweaters in the summer - although not when it's over 25 or so.
 Fry Lock
Joined: 10/4/2005
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Posted: 8/22/2006 6:58:34 AM
my 17 year old is anemic; 5'5 (getting taller every day) and weighs 90 lbs; she is on the Depo shot to prevent periods, and iron supplements; she sleeps all the time & is always cold, but she hardly ever gets "sick" (colds & stuff); the doc just suggested the depo shot & iron, nothing else; he said unless she is having other health problems, we just have to deal with it; plus side is the kid can eat everything in the house & never gain weight...she's taking modeling classes for print modeling; they call her the "perfect petite" because of her size, so maybe it will work out to her advantage.
 littlelired
Joined: 6/17/2007
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Posted: 8/30/2007 7:11:14 AM
You have to find out if you have a hidden bleed somewhere.

I have an off the wall type of anemia...where in if you look at the volume of red blood cells it is fine but my red blood cells are too small....I had a major hemorrhage after the birth of my last 2 children ...and i had a bone marrow problem due to the sudden blood loss.

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 Molly Maude
Joined: 9/11/2008
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Posted: 7/8/2013 3:25:13 PM
this is an OLD thread but I wondered if anyone currently would have anything to add ...
I was diagnosed as borderline anemic all the years from teen until menopause ... now,
suddenly, after being alright, I've been diagnosed as anemic ... I'm intermittently and
without warning soooo weary ... it's strange ... I'll be full of energy, doing, going, having
fun then ... crash! ... tired ...

any new ideas ??? suggestions ???
 Peppermint_Petunias
Joined: 3/30/2012
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Posted: 7/14/2013 3:35:18 AM
Iron is good but the correct form and dose is imperative.
I have seen and used a hema plex formula in the past that is more effective than just a reg iron tablet ) check with your MD
If b12 is low you would get good results from b12 with b6 and folic acid sublingual.

Just a b12 is not going to absorb as well without b6 and folic acid .
Its easy to find the 3 together.
Your body needs B6 in order to absorb vitamin B12 and to make red blood cells and cells of the immune system.

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) | University of Maryland Medical Center http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/vitamin-b6-pyridoxine#ixzz2Z12FGDQl
University of Maryland Medical Center



Have had it off and on when I dont get red meat in my diet for a while.
Usually just symptoms of severe fatigue and I know what I need to do.
 Molly Maude
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Posted: 7/14/2013 3:20:03 PM
THANK you ... the pharmacist I consulted with suggested Iron but didn't say WHAT
kind or anything else other than to take it with Vitamin C ... so I've been taking those
2 together w/a meal ...

you said "the correct form and dose is imperative" ... how would I determine that?

he also suggested Vitamin B-12 and Folic Acid ... which isn't sublingual either ... it's a
small tablet ... I've been taking the Folic Acid and Vitamin B-12 together with another
meal ... he did NOT mention Vitamin B-6 ... so I'll have to find that ... thanks again ...

I don't eat red meat all that often ... so I've "beefed up" my diet! I wanted to use liver
but, in this small rural town, I haven't found anyone who carries it ... which I thought
was BEYOND odd ... fads, I guess ... liver isn't popular ... as a child, we had it once a
week ... but then, my Mom cooked it in bacon fat ...

I'm very new to taking vitamins ... I've been taking 2,000 to 50,000 units of Vitamin
D, intermittently, on advice of an endocrinologist ... separate issue ... and that works
wonderfully so I guess I'm a new convert to the world of vitamins !!! THANK YOU!
 Peppermint_Petunias
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Posted: 7/15/2013 1:37:11 AM


you said "the correct form and dose is imperative" ... how would I determine that?


There are two forms of dietary iron, heme and nonheme. Heme iron is derived from hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that delivers oxygen to cells. Heme iron is found in animal foods that originally contained hemoglobin, such as red meats, fish, and poultry.

Iron in plant foods is called nonheme iron This is the form of iron added to iron-enriched and iron-fortified foods. Heme iron is absorbed better than nonheme iron, but most dietary iron is nonheme iron

Supposedly why all my spinach although shows iron levels good most of the time the red blood cells are small and far apart as I go further in my blood testing. Animal foods or the heme iron take care of that.

The form I take when low is the hema plex 85 mg ( heme) but I would ask your MD how much to start off with as you can take to much iron.
Avoid dairy and soy and up your red meat until normal

Try and find the chicken livers also.

Have you asked the butcher about chicken livers when he cuts chicken?
Will you eat oysters?

Personally it being a waste filtering organ ( liver) Im not to keen on it but maybe just the "all in my head" ick factor.

I just threw out an expired box myself but most health food stores carry a heme formula such as hema plex.
 ThatGirlNamedAlli
Joined: 12/28/2013
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Posted: 2/24/2016 10:29:15 AM
I had a blood transfusion on xmas eve. 2 units. I was at iron 2, hemoglobin 55. I'm taking 70mg of iron a day now and eat more steak, but a blood test yesterday shows I'm at 7 and 114 now. Better but still low and my docs ordered up a transfusion. Tomorrow or friday likely. Don't know if it'll be a blood one or a faster iron one, which she talked about.
Dammit. I don't mind the infusion itself, I mean I feel so much better after. It's just time consuming, (thats why I'm hoping its the iron iv, faster)

I'll ask if I should up my iron pills.

(going now to take my steak out of the freezer to thaw).

I'll read through this thread a bit later and get some eating tips.
Pep, suggestions?
 Peppermint_Petunias
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Posted: 3/3/2016 2:50:44 AM
Make sure no meds are interfering w iron absorption if you are on any.
Also check and see what other supplements (if taking any )can interfere w iron absorption.
Make sure iron says heme and not as hema as I printed. Read fine print. Hema is and meant to fool the consumer. I switched to a brand called RAW and its heme.
Doing better
I know certain vitamins and minerals do not get absorbed sufficiently when taking certain others at the same time.Check that out.
Get the 3 Bs together too( B12, B6 and folic acid) sub lingual is best.

 __TEXASCHICK__
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Posted: 3/1/2019 9:06:45 PM
I have Leukopena. Back in 1983 about 4000 wbc were discovered to be missing, so I seem to have low rbc as the Total volume is low.
 Peppermint_Petunias
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Posted: 3/20/2019 4:07:56 AM
If you just take a B12 vitamin alone, you are wasting money.


You will need to take your iron of choice and get blood work and see how the form you use works for you.If not working, choose another and repeat test.Take 3 months before testing. ( or eat iron rich foods)

Some of us never have a so called normal reading.

Low iron is better than high. Many health risks.

Total volume of what? How many red blood cells?
Size?
How far apart?

Talk to your Dr about what each means for you.

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