A Few New Things I Learned About Anemia

*Warning: This post contains materials revolving around a woman’s time of the month. Some people may be offended.*

Anyone who has been following my blog for a while knows that I was diagnosed with anemia about a year ago. The anemia was primarily an iron deficiency, not an immune disease. This is good news, sure, and so after a few months of taking iron pills by doctor told me to lay off for a while so I didn’t overload my body with iron. The reason behind my iron deficiency, by the way, is the leading cause of anemia in women- heavy, irregular monthly’s. Oh yes, I am one of those lucky people who have been (recently for me) diagnosed with menorrhagia. This translates to mean: very heavy, disgusting periods- warning: you will probably feel like you have the flu and will want to bite everyone’s head off. Lucky me, right? I also have PMDD and dysmenorhea, so I just lucked out all the way around….seriously.

Recently I went to the hospital and had blood work drawn. The results came back that I was once again anemic. My iron was back to the all time low from the first time I was diagnosed, and this time my RBC (red blood cell count) was also dropping. No wonder I felt like crap!

This prompted me to do some research. Allow me to first acknowledge that many people have not been following along and do not know anything about anemia. Here are a few general symptoms of anemia, along with those specific to an iron deficiency:

  • Easy fatigue and loss of energy
  • Unusually rapid heart beat, particularly with exercise
  • Shortness of breath and headache, particularly with exercise
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Dizziness
  • Pale skin
  • Leg cramps
  • Insomnia
  • A hunger for strange substances such as paper, ice, or dirt (a condition called pica)
  • Upward curvature of the nails, referred to as koilonychias
  • Soreness of the mouth with cracks at the corners

Now, this list is non-exclusive, but these are the most basics. Now I have done some research and learned a few more things of note which I think people should become more aware of:

  • People with anemia are more susceptible to poor circulation because a lack of general blood supply as well as improper oxygenation of the blood.This can cause symptoms pertaining to poor circulation.
  • People with anemia are more likely to become dehydrated.

These things are pretty important to know, wouldn’t you think? Well, anyways, now you know and I know, and I can move forward with better treatments. Thanks for tuning in!


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Trackback: Iron Deficiency In Athletes
  2. wayne32
    Oct 04, 2013 @ 20:11:17

    Reblogged this on MY BLOG13.


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