Get tested for Beta Thalassemia Trait.
I had the same problems for years. I continually went to my doctor because I was always anemic no matter how much iron I took. I complained of dizzyness, lack of energy, forcing myself to complete tasks before tiring absolutly drained me.
My doctor finally sent my blood samples to the University of Washington about 13 years ago and I discovered I have Beta-thalassemia. I learned there is no cure for this blood-cell disorder. My red bloodcells are deformed and so they cannot carry the oxygen I needed to make me feel well. I'm 39 yrs old and had this all my life. I tend to get "spacy" because my brain doesnt get enough oxygen.
I learned that I am very suseptible to "iron-toxicity" because my body cannot utilize the iron from my diet or vitamins. This can be very harmful. I sure wish I knew this a long time ago, when my doctor prescribed me large doses of iron before he knew I had this disease.
Its hereditary. I got it from my fathers side, (great-grandmother was from the Mediteranian area I guess). Most of my family members are fine with no problems, but there are a few of us, including myself who cannot overcome feeling tired and spacy. Even in photos, you can just see there's something "wrong".
A few other symptoms I have are: ringing in my ears; continual feeling of moving up & down in an elevator several minutes after exiting elevator; sensitivity to pressure; coldness, especially hands, arms, and feet; low blood pressure; high pulse rate; catch colds easily; and I crave salty foods (weird I know); nice skin (people think I'm much younger than I really am); and I think that's all. The worst part though is the fatigue. People confuse me as having depression, but it's my "tired blood" that makes it harder for me to do the things I want to do.
Take good care of yourself and ask your Dr. to test for beta-thalassemia trait.
Originally Posted by Mskedi
The reason I'm taking it is because the iron-fortified foods aren't helping enough. I could try cutting it in half, but I'm not sure how that would be any better than taking a pill with 20% iron, which caused a nearly equal amount of pain. Grr...
This is a problem everyone in my family deals with. No one's found an answer yet, but I'm soooo tired of being anemic.
Part of the problem is that supposedly we have trouble absorbing iron. I'm not sure what the deal is with that.