During the Christmas break I stopped taking my ferrous fumarate (under GP advice as she sad take it for 3 months only). For the last 2 weeks I have had a really bad headache and sharp pains in the back of my head accompanied with vertigo. On Monday I clearly looked unwell as girls on my course were concerned for me and didn't want me driving myself home. Yesterday I was unable to attend uni and made an emergency appt with the GP. It was my usual GP (the one that thinks I only need 1 injection every 2 months). She did a thorough check of me for bleeds then said she wanted to refer me for a brain scan, though she thinks it is all linked to my B12D. I asked if a lack of ferritin could be the problem and she said no it would drop slowly, not suddenly, and, as my levels were 14 before starting the tablets, that my original levels were fine anyway. Should I go back on ferrous fumarate today as I am back on placement on Monday doing 12.5 hr shifts and I do not want to go sick? (I will have to make my hrs up in my summer break otherwise - I only get 7 weeks off a year like a normal working person but the 3 in the year I am actually working extremely hard still on uni stuff so I actually want the 4 week break in the summer to rest and prepare for the final year of my degree). I did tell her about the gastro refusing to do the helicobacter pylori test so she has arranged for me to be tested for that today and she agreed that it is not harmless as he stated. I also told her he said my vit D was fine and stop the supplements and she told me to ignore that advice. I have a feeling I will be off sick from uni again tomorrow, which is the last day before placement starts so I should be there and I have a lunch meeting arranged to go through an essay with a tutor plus my academic tutor wants to speak to me before I go on practice so she can update occy health about my current health and she is concerned about me. I have been injecting daily since Fri to try and get myself fit for practice (the GP is not aware) and I am due my 2 monthly jab today. The GP was shocked that I have not heard from the haematologist and is chasing it up.
If I were to go back on ferrous fumarate how do I ensure my levels are fine? - I know too much ferritin is not good.