My iron levels have roller coasted up and down over the past three years and I'm now on my third round of iron therapy. The first and present times my iron levels went right down to 13 leaving me almost incapacitated. I'm waiting until next month to see a Hematologist, but my life is presently ruined. I have only begun to regain some strength in my legs that I can travel farther than my own neighbourhood, but I have been severely isolated and lost my job as a housekeeper for a single family in my city. I am at my whits' end and can't wait to get the answers I need from the specialist, but no one understands how incredibly stressful, physically hard and emotionally taxing this whole ordeal has been. I would love to feel supported and understood by this group b/c some of my friends have been down right stupid to the point where they assume I'm just feeling sorry for myself. They have no freaking clue. When you want so badly to resume your normal active life, but your body is fighting you, telling you to rest and recuperate, the awful side effects from taking high iron doses for three months, the lack of friends supporting me....it is the third time!! I can't take this anymore.
I recently got blood work done and got my results. It seems I may be suffering from anemia. I am planning to take iron supplements but want to get a second opinion from other people. Is there anyone in this group who can interpret my blood work results and give me some advice? I have the snapshots of my blood work for reference.Thanks.
Besides taking iron, are there any other ways to treat fatigue when anemic? Also, I haven't been on my iron very long (was just diagnosed with mild anemia). How long will it take for me to gain more noticable energy?