Hello to one and all. This is my first post - (yep! A newby!) - but it may also be my last as I don't even know if I should be on here. I shall set out the 'background' first, and then explain why I'm so confused. I would be extremely grateful if somebody would help me to understand what is wrong - or where I've not fully grasped the information that I had a look at.
I am physically disabled and have a long history of mental health issues; both of these have made my medicine cabinet groan and me rattle with all the various stuff I've been prescribed for this and that. I am virtually bed bound and suffer greatly with pain and some loss of control and feeling from my waist down.
During one of several recent visit from my GP - my physical health is going further downhill and unusually fast. This has caused all sorts of 'new' issues, one of which is extreme tiredness and also the aforementioned nerve problems etc
Being that I only have 5 hours of care out of every 24hrs. The rest of the time I am on my own. This means that my 'diet' is severely restricted to just processed junk. After going through a shower, having breakfast and doing essential food shopping and laundry - consisting of 99% bedding as I rarely wear pj's etc and haven't been able to leave my house in nearly three years, so no daywear is needed - which needs doing everyday due to loss of bladder control etc due to the spinal cord damage. I can't get to the loo without help and so even the largest of adult sized products cannot cope with the length of time I have to stay in them until my Carer arrives etc.
So there's no time for the cooking of hot meals which equates to zero intake of veggies, fruits and stuff. I obviously cannot keep a meal hot or chilled during the time I'm alone so all my diet consists of is pasties, cakes, biscuits, crisps and (ring-pull) cans of rice pudding etc.
Sorry for such a long post but I need you to know the whys and wherefores of the whole picture
Right, so I had blood tests done by the District Nurse who visits me. This came back saying I was "severely anaemic"; here's where I get totally confused:
Going on the info available online, I think I'm right in saying that there are at least two types/causes/reasons for becoming anaemic and they're treated with different 'remedies' (Is that correct?)
One is lack of iron and the other is lack of folic acid(?) - there was something about B12 that the GP said but I can't recall the details. The treatment for each is either a supplement of iron OR a supplement of folic acid and/or the B12(??)
That all makes perfect sense but why has my GP prescribed BOTH??? I don't know if it's even safe to do that as I got the impression that you do need to know what is causing the anaemia and address them differently(?)
Please can somebody explain this for me? It concerns me because I really don't need any more health problems than I'm already being drowned by!!! Can this twin treatment work or am I heading for more problems if I take both? I'm so sick of being disabled, mentally ill - all this doesn't help with that either - and putting up with all the peripheral issues/complications and side effects without this on top!!! I have no faith in the system that has constantly let me down and left me to rot on my own.
Please help me someone! Please!!