I received a call from my GP's office this morning asking me to make a non-urgent appointment to discuss the results of blood tests done last week. Apparently it's in relation to low iron levels.
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.
This post has been edited by whathousework?: 22/11/2012, 01:01 PM