I've been complaining of heavy periods to my GP for over a year now and had an ultrasound which didn't show fibroids or anything else unusual. I use a menstrual cup, so can say with some confidence that I lose over 100ml/period (which lasts about 10 days).
I went to the doc last week because I had been experiencing tingling in my feet for a few days (this has since mostly cleared up), but have been doing some reading up on low iron/anaemia today and numbness/tingling is a known symptom. I also mentioned to her that I have been feeling light headed of late. She took my bp and it was normal for me.
Yesterday evening I felt so weak I thought my blood glucose levels would be rock bottom, so I checked them. I'm not diabetic, but just wanted to see what the reading would be. Again, the reading was normal for a non-diabetic.
Symptoms of anaemia, from the Mayo Clinic website, and that I can identify with, include:
Extreme fatigue - yep, but I had put it down to being a mum, studying, the warmer weather, and having a snoring husband
Pale skin - nope
Weakness - yep, but I thought I just needed to start doing some more exercise
Shortness of breath -yep, but I'm a smoker, so that was where my thoughts were
Headache - yep, never used to get them, now get at least two a week and almost migraines when AF comes
Dizziness or lightheadedness -yep
Cold hands and feet -yep
Irritability - yep, but I'm a cranky b**ch anyway
Inflammation or soreness of your tongue - I have been periodically having a slightly swollen tongue and whiteness covering which isn't thrush. I put it down to a virus
Brittle nails - nope
Fast heartbeat - not that I've noticed
Unusual cravings for non-nutritive substances, such as ice, dirt or starch - nope
An uncomfortable tingling or crawling feeling in your legs (restless legs syndrome) - yes! Especially at night and it drives me crazy!
I'm 35 in a few weeks and had just thought I was getting old and starting to fall apart. I so hope my niggling concerns are all caused by something which has been identified and can be treated. I'm wondering, though, has anyone here had low iron/anaemia and similar symptoms, and what was your treatment? I dry retch at the thought of having a mirena put in, can't take the pill anymore, and would rather boost my iron by diet instead of tablets, if possible.
Of course, I'll know more when I get in to see the GP, but that won't be for another week or so.
Edited by whathousework?, 22 November 2012 - 01:01 PM.