Weight and anemia symptoms?

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Elizabeth

New York, NY

#1 Jul 17, 2007
Hi,
I'm a 21-year-old female and I recently began feeling very tired and weak. My symptoms escalated quickly, and I ended up in the emergency room because I was lightheaded, had no appetite, experienced breathlessness and palpitations with only a little exertion, and experienced major fatigue, some slight joint pain, and anxiety attacks. At the emergency room, they did an EKG (which was fine) and took a urine sample, and they said they could find nothing seriously wrong. I then went to my primary care doctor, who diagnosed with me a "very mild anemia." (I have not yet been given a prescription.) Since my doctor's visit, I have continued to be extremely tired with even slight exertion (especially in the hot weather) and I have had some mild chest pains and sleeping problems. I eat regularly, but my appetite is not fantastic, and I'm missing work because of all these symptoms.
I know that these symptoms are characteristic of anemia, but my doctor did say that it was "very mild." I have always had a very low body weight, and I currently weigh only 90 pounds (not as a result of any medical condition, but simply because of genetics). Could it be possible that my low body weight is making me especially sensitive and causing a mild case of anemia to feel much worse?
Thank you!
Teresa

Hamilton, Canada

#2 Apr 27, 2008
Hi, I'm also anemic and I'd have a lot of the same problems you have. Always tired, hard to gain weight and I always look thin and pale. I definitely think that having a low body weight makes things much worse. If you don't eat enough, the body starts to use your muscles for energy and that could be dangerous.

The other reason you could feeling tired is that maybe you caught a virus and you're body is telling you its not hungry because of it. Hang in there, rest up. Good luck
Timmy South Africa

South Africa

#3 Sep 16, 2008
Hi Guys, i am a 28 year old mother of to and i have what doctor call "light anemia"for the past 15year of my life.I have had a headache (severe, enough to want to pull your hair out everyday) for the last year. I have every other symptom you guys have maybe worse i weigh 56KG which is a medium built my joints hurt like hell, i have even drop my 2 year old due to pain in my hands, i have gone to every doctor drank every tablet known to man for this and i still have the same result, should i be worried?
carolyn

San Francisco, CA

#4 Oct 4, 2008
I am 64. Ferratin is 15. Hair is falling out like crazy in shedding pattern. I have heard need Ferritin level of 70 to begin regrowing hair. I cannot build it up high enough with iron pills 325 mg 1x day. Drs think its bcause I used Advil to treat body aches and headaches and made stomach bleed. Stopped Advil but cannot get it up high enough to regrow hair. Thank you
I weigh plenty thanks to no energy..5'4" and 162
Amanda

Todd, NC

#5 Oct 4, 2008
I've had the same symptoms as you - my hair falling out in bunches. After a shower, my tub is full of hair. I take two iron pills/daily - 325mg. Have you asked your doctor about upping your dosage? I have more energy than I did before and my shortness of breath has greatly improved. Do you have any idea how long it takes for iron levels to increase? I have been on iron supplements for 3 months now and have heard it can take as long as a year to build up, but didn't know if this were true.
Stacy

Danbury, CT

#6 Oct 30, 2008
I have anemia, 19 years old, and am 5'5 120Lbs. I was thinking that if my blood count goes up, will I possibly be able to gain weight much easier???
Lisa in Canada

Toronto, Canada

#7 Feb 19, 2009
Timmy
see another doctor. If possible find a doctor that is trained in Integrative Medicine who will look deeper into your symptoms to find better treatments that you can incorporate into your life. As a mother myself I know very well our own nutrition falls away when we're looking after our kids. You must learn to commit to a nutritionally rich program for yourself that supports your individual body and its needs. I have been borderline anemic for years and the only time I feel better is when I take iron supplements and eat red meat and avacadoes - you need to find what your body needs and feed it well and ensure there are no other conditions that are being missed.
Be well
Lisa
Timmy South Africa wrote:
Hi Guys, i am a 28 year old mother of to and i have what doctor call "light anemia"for the past 15year of my life.I have had a headache (severe, enough to want to pull your hair out everyday) for the last year. I have every other symptom you guys have maybe worse i weigh 56KG which is a medium built my joints hurt like hell, i have even drop my 2 year old due to pain in my hands, i have gone to every doctor drank every tablet known to man for this and i still have the same result, should i be worried?
Kimmie

Omaha, NE

#8 Apr 28, 2009
Ok i have blood in urine,but funny thing is when I had a fall last month to where I broke a bone in my wrist.... I was on my period too... 2 days after my peeriod was over I noticed blood in my urine, then they were gone.... Now they came back & I am on antibiotics which doesn't seem to be working,found out also that I am slight anemic 2.....So would it be something else?
john

Ireland

#9 Jul 24, 2009
am 30 this year ,never really looked after my teeth and now experience bleeding gums,now not as bad as before due to prescribed mouthwash,but the past 18 months i am feeling so bad,tired all the time,pains in joints ,legs,and extremely mild chest pain ,my veins sometimes bulge on my hands,i have read that my veins are looking for something when they do that,is this anaemia,i have an extremely busy lifestyle and find it very hard to loose weight
Random

Singapore, Singapore

#10 Jun 18, 2010
Many doctors mis-diagnose thalassemia minor condition for anemia. You might want to do a test to check for thalassemia.
Bebe

Mountain Pine, AR

#11 Jan 27, 2012
Hi,
Iím an 18 year old girl thatís a senior in high school! I have every symptom of anemia, and I am shedding weight fast. I have been vegetarian/vegan for two years now. I think this is what caused the anemia. It has just started to get worse and worse. Iím not hungry anymore, and Iím always light-headed. I never eat. Just a cup full of food makes me full for the whole day. I started out January 1, 2012 being 152 lbs. Itís only the 27th of January today and I weigh 141 lbs. I cant concentrate, sleep, or anything. I feel like my feet are being cut off slowly, thatís how painful the pins and needles are. Iím so depressed that I just donít want to do anything but lie down in my bed for the rest of my life.
howe71

North Richland Hills, TX

#12 Jul 31, 2012
Is there a relationship between anemia and weight when doing blood testing?
howe71

North Richland Hills, TX

#13 Jul 31, 2012
When testing blood, what is the relationship between low weight and anemia

Since: Sep 12

Chennai, India

#15 Oct 21, 2012
A few symptoms of Anemia:
Fatigue
Decreased energy
Weakness
Shortness of breath
Hair loss
Looking pale
Irregular heart beating

Since: Sep 12

Chennai, India

#16 Oct 23, 2012
Now a days anemia is the big issue in India.most of them are affected especially women and children.For children-Lack of concentration on studies due to anemia.For women- they can cannot concentrate on their work.
clare

Peculiar, MO

#17 Mar 24, 2013
I'm 13 and I'm anemic I got got anemia by bevy menestration and iron definecy and I haven't gained any weight since.I'm skinny as a nail.people ask me why I'm so skinny but I don't want to tell them. I'm always tired and I cant hang out with my friends because I'm to weak. I cant concentrate on my work.but that's my prob
Toni from Ottawa Canada

Montrťal, Canada

#18 May 28, 2013
clare wrote:
I'm 13 and I'm anemic I got got anemia by bevy menestration and iron definecy and I haven't gained any weight since.I'm skinny as a nail.people ask me why I'm so skinny but I don't want to tell them. I'm always tired and I cant hang out with my friends because I'm to weak. I cant concentrate on my work.but that's my prob
I have been struggling with anemia for 3 years now. We have been able to control my heavy period with Cyklokapron 500 Mg. In essence, it slows down my period dramatically. I also take a lot of iron daily and i pop in a b12 and I have b12 strips at my desk to top it off during the day when I feel blah.

I am exhausted most of the time, but it's getting much better with pills and the iron. I really dont want to get iron shots primary because they hurt. If I can continue to injest pills I will do so.

Also, my hair was thick and curly and now there is probably 1/2 of it left. It's still nice, not too many people have noticed, but I have and I have lost sleep over waking up bald. I used to be able to touch my scalp and now I can say that I think it may be growing back because i dont see exposed scalp anymore.

You just need to keep up with the iron and have your blood checked regularly. It may never go away, but at least you can keep it from dropping and shutting down your organs or making you loose your hair!
N maysa

UK

#19 May 29, 2013
Hey! Im 19 and my doctor said i have really low iron. I sleep most the time and when im awake i cant do much but u know i feel like everything happens for a reason so there must b good coming from this pain. Maybe we shud ask our doctors for iron infusion? Thats wat my friend said. I just thought i shud let u all in on it too. I hope it helps all of u!
Somz

Havdrup, Denmark

#20 Jun 22, 2013
Hi all
I have had a ferritin 2, currently 4. My bloodpercentage is 4.8 ( women should have 7% blood in their body). I'm currently 21 weeks pregnant , 3rd child. Symptoms are pretty much what you all describe . LUCKILY I am scheduled for iron infusions next week ( Venofer). I am at a points where 5 minute walk to pick my son up exhausts me out. Two flights of stairs and I have to breathe like I'd just come back from a marathon. It is exhausting. Last few days I can't keep my eyes open, just want to sleep
And the oddest thing is because I am so energi less and I have children im eating more and more to her energy boosts and that in turn is making me gain weight during pregnancy. As much of what I eat is not healthy as it doesn't even give me an immediate boost. Bad I know but a side effect of anemia I've not really read about
Today I have tightness in my Chest too
Feel awful
Good luck all
mare

Elmhurst, NY

#22 Sep 16, 2013
I've had low iron for 3 yrs now got diagnosed before i had my daughter which shes two yrs old i feel weak often dizzy and tired theirs so many bad symptoms to name being anemic has take a tremendous toll on my body as well as my strength I've lost weight over 10 yrs n no doctor knows why I'm 26 yrs old now but people give me strange looks but they have no idea how low iron affects ones body so think before u form an opinion of someone hopes this helps someone

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