a year ago, at age 58, it was discovered I had severe anemia (I was barely able to stand). I'm sure, from most of the symptoms, I'd been anemic for years. After many scopes, tests, etc, no one could tell me why I was anemic but I started taking iron supplements twice a day. Doctors also decided I needed surgery for a large paraesophageal hernia (stomach herniated into chest) which was causing erosions in my stomach and esophagus. It was when I researched the surgery (nissen fundoplication) I discovered anemia is common with these hernias. The gut is bleeding into the body somewhere and the body absorbs it. No doctor ever told me this. I don't even know if they know it's related.
Before my surgery in December it was discovered I had PVC's. Had to have last minute stress test and found my heart was in good shape and the PVC's were harmless. Could be related to long term anemia.
Anyway, it's something to think about
. Do you know if you have a hernia? Have you had a stool study to check for blood? Getting older is kind of a drag, huh?
Best wishes to you!
Post Edited (imstarryeyed) : 2/25/2012 7:48:23 PM (GMT-7)