Anemia

So for as long as I can remember I've been exhibiting symptoms of Anemia. I've been diagnosed, I treated it and thought I was doing ok but then a few years down the line I'd be diagnosed again. No matter what I do I can't seem to get rid of it or get it under sontrol most times. About a month agoI was diagnosed again :( I do all what the doctor says and try to eat iron rich foods but I still have those symptoms off and on. The only thing that I can probably say for sure is gone is my craving for dirt. Yep you read right DIRT!!! When I was a little girl it was so bad that I would eat dirt! I had a special spot in the back og our house that I would eat from. I have made up my mind this time to fight this and win. So...


I just wanted to ask you ladies whether you have any advice, know of any foods  or anything at all that might help me deal with this. Thanks

Posted on October 24, 2012 at 5:17 am
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I am not sure if your doctor has considered intravenous iron infusions, but my Mom suffered with severe anemia.  I did a quick search for you and here a list of some foods that are rich in iron.  It also says that you should have vitamin C to better absorb the iron.


http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/top-10-iron-rich-foods


It used to be called "iron-poor blood," but now we know it as anemia. Whatever you call it, one way to help treat it is to eat foods rich in iron (most doctors recommend taking a supplement, too).


To boost the amount of iron in your diet, try these foods:



  • Red meat

  • Egg yolks

  • Dark, leafy greens (spinach, collards)

  • Dried fruit (prunes, raisins)

  • Iron-enriched cereals and grains (check the labels)

  • Mollusks (oysters, clams, scallops)

  • Turkey or chicken giblets

  • Beans, lentils, chick peas and soybeans

  • Liver

  • Artichokes


And here's a tip: If you eat iron-rich foods along with foods that provide plenty of vitamin C, your body can better absorb the iron.


 


HTH!

Posted on October 24, 2012 at 6:59 am
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I am not too familiar with how to treat it but just wanted to say that I hope you overcome it!! hugs!!!

Posted on October 24, 2012 at 7:04 am
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I've been chronically anemic for 35 years.  No matter which of the right foods I eat, how many iron supplements I take . . the anemia always ends in the long run.  It is just a part of my life now, and I just don't give it a second thought.

Posted on October 24, 2012 at 8:10 am
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I've always been anaemic too. I used to be really careful with my foods and regularly had red meat and eggs etc. when I switched doctors and had my annual medical he told me that my cholesterol was through the roof so to stop eating red meat & eggs, turns out I have a lazy-assed thyroid too!! Lol
Now, like melsmith56, I just take a prescribd iron tablet and don't worry about it
Posted on October 24, 2012 at 8:33 am
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thanks ladies :) I am not a big meat person, mostly because I don't like preparing it. I just don't like the idea of taking pills for the rest of my life. Although that still does not make me less anemic.


I also suffer from G.E.R.D so my list of foods has gotten alot shorter :( I am just so frustrated with my body right now.

Posted on October 24, 2012 at 11:45 am
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oh dear :( I have no idea how to help but I'm rooting for you!

Posted on October 24, 2012 at 1:52 pm
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I was ridiculously anemic when I was young (the doctors thought I would slip into a coma in my sleep) and it has been an uphill battle to get my levels into a safe range. Over the years I have learned that coffee is NOT you friend; there was a study (can't remember where I read the journal article) that revealed the fact that caffeine keeps you from absorbing iron. If you're a coffee drinker, cutting that out completely is a really good start.


Also, and this is a bit extreme... Go on birth control. Because it lightens your period so much, you retain more iron.


I've done both and y levels have improved to the point where I am no longer anemic.. Just slightly iron deficient. Hope this helps :)

Posted on October 25, 2012 at 6:46 am
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Ack! I'm sorry to hear that. Red meats really help me with anaemia along with Kale. I cook shredded beef and kale together when I'm pretty low and can totally recommend it
Posted on October 25, 2012 at 7:03 am
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Thanks ladies! You guys are awesome!

Posted on October 25, 2012 at 7:27 am
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Just to be clear . . . I am not a red meat eater either, nor am I taking the iron supplements because I don't like the associated side affects.  I've been chronically anemic for 35 years, and that's just the way it is.  For me, it's not bad enough to jump through all the hoops.  By the way, iron is in a lot of other foods...lots of vegetables.....so you might want to do some research on what foods are high in iron and go that way....it's what I do.

Posted on October 25, 2012 at 9:40 am
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My doctor just reccomended I take iron suppliments along with vitamin c. If you eat / take iron at the same as vC the iron it is absorbed into your body much quicker.


HTH a little. Good luck.

Posted on October 25, 2012 at 1:12 pm

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