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When I'm sick my anemia gets really bad I get weak, start having headaches, nausea, joint pain, serious fatigue.. I don't know how to fix it I've gone to doctors take iron pills but it keeps going up and Down
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There are a few things which come to my mind. May be there is a bleeding in your gastrointestinal tract, either due to esophageal varices, polyps, gastric bypass site, hemorrhoids or an ulcer. Low iron could be due to poor intake, loss from body as happens in acidity and GERD, rectal polyps etc, due to improper absorption as in IBS or due to storage disorders. Also you need to get a pheripheral blood smear done to know the RBC count, structure and whether there is cytopenia (general decrease in cell count). The renal function and liver function needs to be checked as also electrophoresis of hemoglobin to know whether there is thalasemia trait or sickle cell anemia. You need to see if there is vitamin B12 deficiency. Once the cause is found and corrected, anemia will control by itself.
Please consult your PCP for primary examination followed by proper referral to a hematologist. Take care!
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hey i am anemic also... http://www.***********.org/womenshealth/y2-23453.html.. My iron pills did not work for me so i stopped taking them.. When im feeling dizzy and feel my iron going down i eat a scoop of peanut butter its high in iron and it works bout 5 mins lter, i also crave ice... and i eat ALOT of red meat like steaks hamburger etc... and chocolate ...  I have been anemic for 2 years and im hear to tell you it fricken ***** lol
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