Just got back from the latest appointment with my youngest daughter and feel like spitting blood! Her last blood test results showed that her ferritin had dropped from 33 to 18. When I pointed this out she said that my daughter did not have iron deficiency and it "just happens" to drop and it doesn't matter because she isn't anaemic. The fact that she has suffered with anaemia in the past is of no concern. She refused to even consider any more tests and did not listen to a word my daughter said about how exhausted she feels with little concentration and very little energy. She asked about bowel problems which my daughter doesn't have, and she asked me what I thought was the problem. I said I thought there was possibly absorption problems but she said its very unlikely as there would be bowel problems.
She didn't listen to my daughter trying to tell her that she is "trying" to do toning exercises every other day and is completely flattened when she's finished and has to recover over the next 24 hrs by sleeping all the time. She is fixated on my daughter being depressed which is the case, however she is not so depressed that she doesn't want to do anything....she is physically and mentally too knackered to do what she wants. She used to be able to read a book from cover to cover in a day, and has always got enjoyment out of reading. Now she has to read bite sized chunks and go over and over it again ,to try and retain what she has just read and can only do this is very short bursts as its too tiring. The doctor said that her B12 was fine and I said that she had problems and had to have injections but they were stopped so my daughter supplements B12. This was probably one of the worst doctor's appointments I have ever had to endure. I feel that she is not interested in getting to the root of the problem and just wants to send my daughter away with anti-depressants. on saying that though she did give a prescription of ferritin 305mg x 2 daily but said that she was sure it wasn't going to make a difference! I am so depressed myself now I could eat a truck load of chocolate!!!