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Lately I have been brusing really easily. I hit my elbows and shins a lot because I'm super clumsy, and lately I have noticed much more brusing than usual, even though when I bump myself it doesn't really hurt. Also, last night we bombed the house because our cat had fleas, and after the house was open for like 3 hours (leading me to believe all the poison was gone, or aired out) I was walking around doing stuff and I got dizzy and felt like I was gonna faint. Sometimes I feel kind of cloudy, and hazy and wierd- mostly at night. What could this possibly be a signal of? My Mom thought iron deficiency, but I take a multivitamin which gives me 50% of my needed intake, then eat fortified cereals, drink fortified soymilk, ect.ect. I also thought maybe b12, but my supplement has 2550% of the B12 I need. (what is up with that, anyway?!) Any ideas?

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I started feeling tired, cloudy, and weird too, even though my multi had 50% of my iron and I ate the same sorts of things you do. I started taking iron and feel normal again. Vegetarians need more iron than non-veggies - I think we actually need 1.8 times the amount because it's not as easily absorbed from plant sources. Make sure you don't buy too high of a dose, either, since that's bad too.
 

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Thank you. For some reason in the past I have had problems taking iron pills- getting really sick and puking. Maybe the dose was too high- I can't understand why my multi doesn't make me sick, but those iron pills did.....So maybe I should try the iron pills again.

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Have your iron as well as your ferritin tested, only if your ferritin is low, consider iron pills. Iron is very aggressiv, promotes the development of free radicals, aging, degeneration.
 

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I would say get a blood test to make sure it's an iron problem, but it does sound like one. I can't take iron pills or vitamins with iron in them because of stomach problems (same as yours, it sounds like), so I have to get all my iron from food. Krista told me to use blackstrap molasses, and that's helped a lot. Also, when I get dried fruits (prunes and such) I've been getting the kind that are fortified (20% RDA of iron instead of, say, 5%). I've been good on the iron front for a while now, actually, but it was tough getting it right at first.
 

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Alright, I will look up some food sources of iron and try harder to get an adequate amount; hopefully that will help. I take my vitamin at night and sleep for 7 or 8 hours, so I haven't noticed any unpleasant side effects, but I am sure if I take any more iron I will start to get sick. I have been trying to get in for a blood test, but I have been so busy lately. I know thats a poor excuse to neglect my health; I'll make an appointment and get a blood test. I hate blackstrap molasses, but thats ok, I can choke it down anyhow. Thanks, both of you!

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I was actually just about to post something similar, except I actually feel fine, not tired or dizzy, but I have been bruising a lot lately. Do you think it could still be an iron deficiency?
 
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