Chronic Gerd/Anemia

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Firelightglow
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   Posted 6/5/2014 10:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I was just wondering if anyone else here has chronic gerd along with anemia? My blood count keeps slowly going down over a long period of time, at the present time it's 88..I believe that's the red blood cell count, also I'm told that my red blood cells are not only few but smaller then they should be. I've never known anyone else in my life that's had this problem, and so I'm looking for anyone who can relate to me here, I'm also 55 and perimenopausal. I have a blood test coming up to check for a B12 deficiency, I hear that taking PPI's for a long period of time can cause a problem with being able to absorb that, and I'm on 40 mg. of Nexium twice a day.

I have a scope scheduled for July 2nd and an abdominal ultra sound coming up on Monday June 9th. I've always had ringing in my ears, but I find lately that with anemia, the ringing is getting much worse, and also my vision is a bit blurry at times and I'm very tired. I'm kind of to the point where I just want to know what's going on. Is the gerd causing my anemia? do I have cancer somewhere in my body? I just want some answers and I hope to get them soon. I'm trying to stay positive and not read any more worst case scenarios, or think the worst, but it's getting more and more difficult. I just feel lousy as most of you probably do to.

WORLD BOOZER
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   Posted 6/6/2014 12:13 AM (GMT -6)   

WORLD BOOZER
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   Posted 6/6/2014 12:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Firelightglow

I am in the same boat as you my red blood count is low just like yours , I suffer from severe gerd an anemia just like you what has helped my was 2 vitamin b12 a day// 1 vitamin D a day herbal teas a night before hed. and plenty of excercise after a meal try this. let us know how your scope goes

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 6/10/2014 8:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Firelightglow,

Yes I have had anaemia, or more specifically iron deficiency, alongside my GERD. I already had poor iron stores before I got the acid reflux but then became very anaemic after 2 years of taking a PPI. I had to have a colonoscopy to rule out other causes of the anaemia but that didn't show any cause, nor did my endoscopy. I have since changed to Zantac and my iron deficiency seems to have slowed down quite a lot. In my case the cause seems to be several things in combination - already had low stores, PPI blocks absorption of iron, chronic skin problem (eczema), food allergies and er, ahem, the usual monthly losses (I'm also headed for menopause).

I had noticeable tinnitus and was freezing cold all the time, sore tongue, no energy and shortness of breath going upstairs or hills - also had leg muscle pain on walking up an incline. All that resolved with iron replenishment.

Like you I was very worried about what else they were going to uncover and I got very stressed, especially as I have endoscopy-phobia! However, everything came back ok and now they seem quite disinterested and just top me up with iron infusion from time to time!

Hope that helps........

MMM
GERD (3 years and counting)
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies/intolerance, eczema, asthma
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