Hi I was wandering if anybody could help me please, I'm feeling so poorly. I found out in November that I was anaemic; serum ferritin - 6ng/mL (10-300). Also I found out I had low vitamin D, 19.
I started on Ferrous Sulphate 3 times a day, but I could only tolerate 2 a day. I have had terrible stomach pains on this and it seemed to be getting worse not better and I feel constipated all the time then about 6am in the morning I have severe diohrea. Last week my GP switched these to ferrous gluconate in the hope that they wont cause as bad stomach pains, but they are just as bad and now I'm heaving every morning.
I have heavy periods with blood clots which my GP thinks is causing the anaemia. I also have raised thyroid antibodies but within range thyroid hormones and TSH.
For the low vitamin D I was prescribed 10 000u twice a week but then they upped it to 20 000u. Since it was increased 3 weeks ago I have started with all these pains in my bones, arms, ribs, under the arm pits, weaker legs and generally feeling weaker.
I have had 5 viruses since December so my GP thought I had post viral fatigue but now I think I realise that its the side effects of the iron and vitamin D tablets. All I want to do is lie on the settee and it takes me 2 hours to get out of bed.
I used to swim three times a week and now I can only walk for 10 minutes very slowly. I feel like I have aged 50 years. I'm only 36.
I have been off work for 6 weeks and now I'm struggling to do a phased return. I never usually have any time off work. I'm so tired and weak. I have lost 10 pounds in weight in the last 6 weeks and I don't have any appetite. I'm now only 8 stone 4 pounds and I can't afford to lose anymore weight. I felt better when I was anaemic than I do now with all these symptoms. I don't seem to be getting any better. I'm also feeling very depressed, panicked and anxious.
Does anybody know if Spartone will increase my iron levels without all the pain.
And will a lower vitamin D level cause me less side effects? Or do I just have to grit all the pain and fatigue and carry on with the iron tablets and 20 000u vitamin D until my levels have increased? (not sure I can bear it). Will these symptoms go in time?
Can anybody offer me any advice please? I really appreciate it,