GI issues and low iron levels

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Hi all, I have been having GI issues for a while now and from that time my iron level is between 70 and 73 and my haemoglobin is at 11 always. Is that something any of you has experienced as well? My doctor said it's nothing alarming but I am having symptoms that I can't ignore anymore. I.e. feeling lightheaded , headaches to name a few. If anyone has similar symptoms due to low it in levels, kindly let me know if your doctor asked you not to worry or if you were offered supplements.

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    HI, sorry you aren't feeling well. I was put on iron tablets when my levels went to 16, my last blood test showed that they had raised to 47 and my doctor told me to stop taking them.

    • Posted

      Thanks for your reply Wendy. Will see my doctor next week and see what he suggests. I was worried but now encouraged to know I can raise my levels. Thanks again.

    • Posted

      Your iron levels are higher than mine when my doctor told me to stop taking iron tablets but you can try eating foods that can help with iron levels.

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    Symptoms of low iron

    Extreme fatigue


    Pale skin

    Chest pain, fast heartbeat or shortness of breath

    Headache, dizziness or lightheadedness

    Cold hands and feet

    Inflammation or soreness of your tongue

    Brittle nails

    Unusual cravings for non-nutritive substances, such as ice, dirt or starch

    Poor appetite, especially in infants and children with iron deficiency anemia

    If your doctor has told you that your symptoms are not alarming and not to worry, then you should believe and accept what your are being told because your doctor is the expert. Your doctor would not tell you that your symptoms were not alarming if this was not the case. Your doctor is trying to reassure you and this is good news for you. If your doctor thinks your symptoms warrant treatment, you may be offered supplements. Try to relax.

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      Thanks Pippa for the detailed information. I appreciate it. I will try to relax. My health anxiety won't let me enjoy my life.pfff

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