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Anemia Confessions

I was debating whether to share this, but I decided it is something that has happened to me, so I am sure there's others out there going through the same thing!

A month or so ago, I was feeling EXHAUSTED. not like, I went to bed two hours too late because i binge watched Netflix last night exhausted. It was different - something felt off. i felt dizzy getting up, my breath was short, i was having trouble running and by the end of the day i needed a nap, and i NEVER nap. of course i googled my symptoms and drove myself a bit nuts before I went to the doctor.

Turns out I am anemic, which means my red blood cell count is short. my doctor recommended i start taking iron pills every day, i guess for forever. Sort of mind boggling that I am going to have to take a pill every day now, but i must admit since i started taking iron I've felt a 180 degree difference. I feel like myself again, i can finally wake up in the morning with a burst of energy that steams me through a workout and a full day of work! It is incredible how a tiny imbalance in iron can throw everything off!

This has been my little journey lately. Are any of you anemic? I would love to hear your story...


  1. Yes! I posted about my anemia problems back in January of this year. My hair was falling out like crazy and anytime I worked out, I was almost to the point of fainting even when I wasn't working that hard. I went to the doctor and got my blood tested and the lab technician said I had one of the lowest red blood cell counts he'd ever seen. I've been taking daily iron since then. My hair still hasn't really grown back, but luckily it's also not falling out. I've debated taking birth control to not have periods because mine can be really heavy in the first few days. I'm not sure though. I've felt so much better, but I just wish my hair would grow back! I feel your struggle! <3


  2. It happened to me before and for a few years I didn't even realize something was off.
    I've taken iron pills (in France it might be different ones, but it's for more than 3months to restore the body's iron stock). It's also important to eat meat from time to time because the iron in meat is well absorbed by the body.
    You're right to share, after a while I realized how many of the girls I know struggled with anemia. Hope we'll all manage well :)

  3. I am so glad the iron pills are helping, I used to be anemic too. Now I take materna for the iron

  4. I used to be anemic. It helped drinking iron rich green smoothies.

  5. My mom was anemic and she had the same symptoms. But now that she's been taking iron pills, she hasn't been suffering from it. I think I might be anemic too. I should probably go see the doctor about it. :/

  6. Don't worry too much about the pills - they're only iron, so it's nothing with chemicals. You also don't have to take them forever, usually you stop after you're finished with the pack, and once you get another blood test, you'll see that your red blood count has increased. It is a hassle, because you have to be careful about what you eat, and you have to get blood tests every once in a while to make sure you're okay, but for the most part, it's a really easy thing to deal with :) A lot (and I mean, a LOT) of people have anemia :)

    Good luck Steffy!


  7. I was diagnosed with anemia around age 13 and 10 years later it's still an issue. Iron pills don't absorb well for me so I get iron infusions regularly or blood transfusions if my iron levels are especially low. And I'll just have to keep doing that forever, so I understand what you're dealing with!
    Like others have said, an iron rich diet will help, as will the pills. If you ever have to get IV iron or a transfusion, it's usually a pretty easy and safe process!

  8. I was vegetarian for about ten years. Around year 8 I started to have an insatiable craving for ICE (frozen H2O, not the drug!). All day long all I wanted to do was crunch ice! Crazy! Well, there's a name for it (I forget) and it's a form of pica...and a symptom of anemia. Also had the thinning hair and fatigue. I've gone back to being an omnivore for now and my ice cravings have subsided. But I still remember how nothing was as good as that ice back in the day! If the Fe pills disagree with you, there is a liquid form you can buy at health food stores called Floradix which is more readily absorbed than pills (and the pills always upset my tum...the Floradix was a bit better). Best of luck!

  9. I would like to share my story, if you don't mind. I think it's important for other people who are going through the same thing, even you.

    My blood type is the rarest of them all so being a blood donor had been on my bucket list since forever. On May 2014, on my 19th birthday, I went to the local public hospital and donated blood.
    I don't exactly regret it, but I wish someone had told me the risk I was putting myself through. Not even the nurses warned me, even though they knew I was too light (aka. thin) for my body to recover properly. I guess they really needed my blood type, who knows? I can't blame them.
    Over the following days, weeks and months -and that very afternoon-, the consequences started to appear: exhaustion, depression, hair loss, bloating, dry skin, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, even my period went crazy.

    Ten months later, I felt so terrible I couldn't even sleep. I would lay down and suddenly start shivering and twitching, and feeling dizzy and nauseated.

    It wasn't until April 2015 that my doctore figured I was anemic. She gave me iron pills, which made me feel better almost inmediately. I wasn't sleepy, dizzy and cranky all the time.

    But then, another problem arose: iron pills were way too strong for my weakened stomach.I started having cramps, being bloated and suffering other "digestive system issues", if you know what I mean.
    I don't like taking pills very much, so I investigated on alternative ways to get my red blood cell count to normal again.
    Beets, carrots, polenta, leafy greens, beans, peas... all delicious and packed with iron. Boiled, raw, juiced, grilled, baked, steamed; I got creative.
    I'm a vegetarian, but red meat -especially liver- has looots of iron too.

    I took the pills every other day for two months and made sure to eat iron-y meals every day. In June, my red blood cell count was even better than before!
    Though I'm no professional, not do I know your case, I'd still advise you not only to take the pills, but to include mineral-filled foods to your diet as well. They really do make a difference.
    However, you could ask a nutritionist so you don't get overly excited with the iron, because too much is not so good either...
    It's a balancing act, a fine art, if you will haha :)

    I hope you feel better and get well! Take care <3
    I love this outfit, by the way :)

  10. Have you tried cooking with an iron skillet? It's a great way to get iron in your diet;-)!


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