Headaches? Fatigue? Depression? COuld be Anemia

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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 11/17/2007 5:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been really suffering lately and thought it was just the UC. Last time I went to my GI he kept telling me my headaches and extreme fatigue were probably due to stress and depression. Well, I kind of snapped and was like, the only thing causing me stress and depression at the moment is being too darn sick and tired to work as much as I need to make enough money to cover my daughter's medical expenses!
He sent me to the lab for extensive bloodwork and results came back that I am anemic. I looked up the symptoms and most of my worse symptoms at the moment are due to the lack of iron. As soon as we can get my insurance to approve it he is ordering me to have iron injections once a week for five weeks. In the mean time I started OTC supplements. I've been EXTREMELY fatigued and having really unbearable headaches, as much as I run the bathroom and have urges to go a lot, once I get there it's mostly "bloody fart," so I am constipated, I thought my loss of appetite was the UC, but it's the anemia -- I've recently lost about 20 lbs ... I have most of the en symptoms listed below. I am glad it's an easy fix, just waiting to get the iron and upset it took so long to find out it's as simple as that!
Symptoms of anemia:
1. Pale skin tone. Even dark complected people --  lips may be pale and skin may appear "washed out."

2. Fatigued or irritable all of the time. These are common symptoms of anemia.

3. Frequent headaches or loss of appetite. These are usually early signs of anemia.

4. Constipation - also an early symptom, and may occur without any change in dietary habits.

5. Difficulty concentrating. This can affect work and/or school performance.

6. Craving unusual foods. This is called pica, and you may find yourself craving very bizarre non-foods, such as soil and paper.

7. Anemia can bring on feelings of depression.

8. Shortness of breath. Red blood cells are a vital part of the respiratory process, and this symptom may occur when anemia is moderate to severe.

9. Sense of coldness in extremities. This may be caused by poor circulation as a result of anemia.

10. Feeling weak and/or dizzy. In severe cases, you may feel too weak to get out of bed, and dizzy when you do get up.

Diagnosed UC April 27, 2006
Remicade: 1st infusion 7/21/07; 2nd infusion 8/18/07; 3rd infusion 10/13/07
Lialda, 4 tabs in the morning; Protonix; Prednisone 4/27/06-present, holding taper at alt. 5/0 mg; 9 mg Entocourt EC; Xanax as needd; Lexipro, Rowesa; Asacol; Colazal three 750 mg capsules 3X day;
[2/22/07 started Imuran, off within two weeks due to bad reaction]

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Date Joined May 2003
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   Posted 11/18/2007 4:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Meesh...it's good you were honest with the doctor and he did the extra tests to find out what was going on. Seems a bit strange that he didn't beforehand? At least you are onthe way to feeling better soon.

Did he check your B12 levels as well?

*Heather*Status:mini flare June 23* 6asacol daily+ Salofalk (tapered every 4th night)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 2 (Natural Factors Protec) + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) at bedtime
~Natural Factors Multi Digestive Enzymes with supper
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

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   Posted 11/18/2007 7:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm glad that you're getting something done about it. Anemia can be quite dangerous if left untreated. Good luck with the injections.

I see my GI on Wednesday and I have 6 out of the 10 you listed above, so I am going to request he take my blood too since I've been bleeding for a month. Thank you for posting the anemia list.
~Left sided Uc -'92 - Colazal (9 daily), 6mp (50-75mgs), Prilosec, Biotin, Forvia, Pro-Bio, Hydrocortisone enemas**Unable to tolerate Asacol, Rowasa or Canasa** 
~Allergies - Singulair, Astelin(got the script - just haven't tried it yet!)~
~Secondary Reynauds Syndrome - '04 - Norvasc~
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