Really, just tired of all this. I KNOW there has to be an answer, but other than the anemia (low enough once to almost need a transfusion) and "low WBC" (don't know the exact number), my symptoms seem so nonspecific. I take ferrous gluconate (1/day) and Vitamin B12 (1/day), plus .5 mg of antianxiety meds, and 40 mg fluoxetine. Oh, and I was just found to have HPV on my last Pap about 2 months ago, and my thyroid was checked (several times) years back (3-5); my sister has to take medication for her thyroid (she was "exhausted" all the time years ago -- I thought for sure that was the answer!!).
Can anyone give me any ideas? I do internet research, but it is so exhausting trying to cross-reference these symptoms, etc.
WOW!! Thank you for the info. I already have some issues with hip pain, and my uterus is already prolapsing. I really appreciate your thinking on this. You must have medical training or knowledge!! I'll just stick to trying to find out, with my doctor's help, the cause of the anemia (maybe the BC pills will be the answer until menopause), and we'll go from there. NO HYSTERECTOMY FOR ME!! Thanks again!!View Thread
Oh, I forgot to mention that my doctor referred me to a gyno-oncologist about 5 years ago for some pain. The GO did some poking around laparoscopically, found a "cyst" on one of my ovaries, that she decided was nothing, and closed me up. SHE NEVER EVEN DID A BIOPSY. Isn't that kinda odd? My doctor recently went back through the report thinking she might have missed something that would help determine the cause of the anemia, and, yup, no biopsy. You're there, why not take a sample & have it checked out???View Thread
Just wanted to thank everyone who responded to my dilemma. Starting a new job in about 10 days, w/great insurance. Have restarted the BC pills for 3 months, then will be able to get iron levels checked and thyroid........ will be nice to have an answer, and some kind of solution. A friend of mine mentioned that maybe I would just have to have a complete hysterectomy to stop the anemia issue. Believe me, I've considered that. I'm 48, had a tubal already almost 20 years ago (6 kids). She said that if I do end up going that route that I should have them perform it vaginally. She gave me lots of reasons, but I'd like some input from "the community"...........View Thread
Thank you for the response! My next step is the job (w/insurance) which is imminent post my graduation in about 2 wks! Then I'll get in to get the levels checked again, then we'll probably try the BC pills again, THEN, yes, back to checking the thyroid again!!
Thank you Gail. My doctor also suggested that the heavy menstrual periods may be the entire cause. We'll find out soon as I am really close to getting a job (post school in 2 wks), and that will provide the insurance that I am lacking right now.
Yea, I've been on the iron, and I do take B12 as well, for probably 4-5 years now. It basically keeps my iron on the borderline -- but not always.
I know my doctor has done a CBC, but thus far that is why I am on ferrous gluconate. I don't have health insurance right now, so I can't go in just whenever. She recently had me on birth control pills because my periods are pretty heavy. That was a 3-month trial and it probably would have been able to help determine if the heavy menses is responsible for my anemia; but, again couldn't get it to get it checked again. Will be graduating school in less than a month. Hope to have a job, with insurance, then -- THEN we will find out WHAT IS GOING ON!! I hope.... Thanks for the response DebView Thread