Living With Anemia

After going through months of extreme exhaustion, I finally have an answer to the problem – Anemia. It’s been a difficult couple of months to get through but now that I know what’s wrong with me, I’ve been able to get the help I need. I thought I’d write a blog post about my experience with being anemic and how I’m now dealing with it.

It also kind of explains why I haven’t been as active on my channel and my blog as much as I used to – incase any of you missed my ramblings.

So, this whole journey started about a year and a half ago, when I was having lots of tests to determine what my Irritable Bowel Syndrome was. I had to have a whole bunch of different tests to rule out any other health problems before we settled on IBS and one of them was a blood test. I got called back to the doctors when my results came in and was told that my iron levels were low. My doctor was quite concerned with this, so he put me on tablets to take and off I went. At that point, I wasn’t experiencing the fatigue that I have been for the past few months and paired with me getting awful side effects from them, I stopped taking them.

A couple of months later, I was finding myself getting more tired than normal. I’d just started a new job and under immense pressure on myself to keep in the good books so I just put it down to that. But then, it became difficult to function. I was tired all the time. I wanted to just sleep anywhere and everywhere. Even when I was getting enough sleep during the nights. It was at that this point I remembered the low iron levels I had – one of the symptoms was fatigue. So I took it upon myself to try out some supplements to see if any worked for me. I tried Nature’s Alive multivitamins that were okay, I had chewable iron tablets (which were DISGUSTING) and I then moved onto using the Spatone Liquid Supplement which I got on with. Then, I forgot to pick another box up and I fell back into my old side effects…only they were much worse this time around.

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I was barely functioning most days. Every single day I was exhausted even after getting enough sleep. I would spend most of my time napping and it made the simplest tasks incredibly difficult to do. My exhaustion definitely wasn’t normal and I wondered if I could be anemic. Two of my work colleagues are anemic and they suspected that I was too. So, I went back to the doctors for another blood test, with my results confirming mine – and everyone else’s – suspicions.

Now, I’m on tablets again which I’m not too happy about but at this point I don’t really have much of a choice. If I want to feel like a functioning human being again, I’ve got to get them down the hatch. As of writing this, I’ve actually forgotten to take my first dosage and they need to be taken three times a day, so I’ll have to begin them tomorrow. Whether I’ll get on with these tablets remains to be seen, but I’m so grateful that I finally know why my energy levels have been non-existent. I’m also going to make a conscious effort to eat more food with iron in – so time for more leafy greens and shreddies!

After the exhaustion I’ve been dealing with for the past few months, I’m glad that I will hopefully be taking a step in the right direction for my health. This can also mean that I can go back to regular uploads, blog posts and general internet dwellings without putting my health on the back burner.

Do you know anyone suffering with anemia?

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