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My disease

Well, it turns out there is a reason for my profound fatigue, difficulty concentration, body aches and pains and generally feeling lousy.  I've tried to fight it - but did find out something that was wrong.  The good news is, it's treatable.  We'll get this under control and hopefully I'll be able to give a much better battle and I can stop complaining!!  No more excuses!!

To let you know how it feels, think of one of those days where you had a long day at work.  Then you came home and you found that the dog threw up on the floor so you had to clean it up.  Then the phone rang and it was your child, stranded at a friend's house and you had to go pick them up.  THEN, throughout the evening, one thing after another until late in the evening... you're so exhausted, you simply can't wait to go to bed....  you go to bed, and an hour later, you awaken because some idiot neighbors think it's fun to set off firecrackers for no reason.  You can't get back to sleep for two hours then you have to wake up at 5:00 am to go to work.

Remember how awful that feels?  That is how tired I feel ALL THE TIME.  I am out of breath after a half flight of stairs.  Taking a shower exhausts me.  And sometimes on weekends, I lie in bed for hours, just trying to get up the energy to go to the bathroom to brush my teeth.   Not only that, I'm always freezing, even if it's 82 degrees F (27.7 degrees C).  I finally went to the doctor, had some blood tests done, and was found to be severely anemic with a hemoglobin level of 7.4.   Different labs have different values, but for the sake of argument, let's say that a normal hemoglobin for a female should be somewhere around the 12 level.   A level of 7.4 is unfortuntely critically low.  

At any rate, I'm being treated by a lovely hematologist with something called INFeD.   (my insurance won't pay for Venofer which I would have preferred.... oh well).    I'm told that I should start feeling better after the third or fourth treatment so this means that within a month, I'll probably be feeling a LOT better.  I can't wait.  I'm so tired of being TIRED!

Comments


  • 3 months ago

    kskonge

    Good.  I look forward to seeing you dance again at the baseball games!

  • 3 months ago

    Dr_Cris_Angel

    Yes, Jon. My level was 12.8 when last checked. I'm deconditioned after months and maybe even a few years of not being able to exercise much but I'm going to start addressing that next week actually with a personal trainer.

  • 3 months ago

    kskonge

    doc - I'm just now  catching up.  Are the treatments effective?  Feeling any better since the Fall?

  • 5 months ago

    mevenstein

    best wishes

  • 8 months ago

    JoMoDo77

    I'm sorry to hear that you're going through this, but I am glad that you're getting answers now and that it is treatable! I wish you the best of recoveries, and many hugs to you! ♥

  • 8 months ago

    Tower_of_Joseph

    My best wishes for a speedy recovery. Didn't realize how serious your illness was. Encouraging that you have very positive attiitude towards your doctor.

  • 8 months ago

    kingscannonse3e2

    You'll be back to your normal self soon enough. I am sure of it, so stay strong willed and and don't be so anxious to heal too rapidly. Your immune system will kick in as it should and you only need to allow your body to rest  as much as possible til then.

  • 8 months ago

    WISEWARRIOR

    Stay strong Smile

  • 8 months ago

    Dr_Cris_Angel

    Yes, thank you. It's from iron deficiency -- as mentioned, I have to address the source of the anemia as well as the anemia itself. I will be making an appointment with yet another doctor to address that And yes, when I heard the number, I was terrified. That is dangerously low.

    Thank you all for the well wishes.

  • 8 months ago

    elirub

    @Cris, 7.4 hemoglobin is very serious! this has to be checked thoroughly wich I believe it is.

    I wish you all the best and total recovery

    elirub Smile

  • 8 months ago

    lPindar

    I have had a lot of anemia problems in my life, too... none quite so bad as yours, I would guess. But at least you know what you're fighting now! 

    Hang in there, kiddo! 

  • 8 months ago

    platolag

    Blowing you 1000 healing kisses. 

    Hakuna Mata Dr. Angel. 

  • 8 months ago

    MonofWestlake

    Sounds like encouraging news.

    Wishing you a speedy recovery.

  • 8 months ago

    omerdurmus

    @Chris I hope you feel better soon. Best wishes!

  • 8 months ago

    Dr_Cris_Angel

    Yes, there are a few other issues. We have to treat the CAUSE of the anemia, not just the anemia or I'll be right back to square one after some months. But We will hopefully keep a close eye on things and it won't get this bad again. I still have migraines and fibromyalgia but I can't help thinking those things will improve as well. I hope so!!

  • 8 months ago

    hreedwork

    @Dr, this is very good news! Although you told your story of tiredness as part of a distressing tale of discovering your anemia, your story is quite colorful and illustrative (and humorous!), and indicative of your zest and love of life! 

    We'll keep sending prayers your way! 

  • 8 months ago

    kskonge

    One thing worse than feeling like that is feeling like that without hope.  Very encouraged that you have a treatment.  May the coming days fly by!

  • 8 months ago

    LimpSpider

    Get well soon!

  • 8 months ago

    AFWF_Erick

    That's awesome! Best of luck on your road to recovery

  • 8 months ago

    Geoff_Boggler

    I am so glad its contollable! Best wishes!!!

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