... but I am constantly tired. I don't have the energy to excersise. I also have depression and anxiety issues and tried wellbutrin with no luck. I have already had 3 iron infusions in april and only after the 3rd one did I feel normal the day after. I have thyroid nodules as well but b/c my TSH is always 0.5 they don't test anything else. I am tired of feeling like this and I want to lose weight so I can feel better. But I don't know how to get there. Does anyone have any experience with this?
I hesitate to advise you because of the iron issue you stated. I know of a great no frills weight loss plan but I again do not know if it's right for you. Maybe if the Doc approved it first. The plan I mention is all about shuffling calories, eating 4x a day and sticking to it. It's a lot of work, but it works. Ask your Dr if a plan like that holds any dangers for you and I can then give you more info on it. Also, it is NOT something I am pitching, it's something I do myself.
A hemoglobin level of 11 is not particularly low. What has your hematocrit been running? I would venture to say the tiredness is a symptom of the depression more so than anemia at this point. Maybe you ought to investigate other antidepressants if the Wellbutrin didn't work. The right antidepressant could give back some energy which might encourage you to increase your activity levels resulting in weight loss. Reducing calories so that you are consuming fewer than you are burning is the only way to lose. Energy from exercise feeds itself. If you can just get started and stick with it for a few weeks you will find that your energy level will increase and your depression will decrease. I know that it is easy to say and much harder to do, but start out slow, 10 minutes twice and day, a build from there. You'll be surprised how good you'll feel in no time.
Hi, I am not a dc,but your hemoglobin is not to low,is only 1 point below. I am long distance runner and when a train fast my hemoglobin comes down. I drink and extract of carrots and beets 2ounces 3time a day,and true it work for me. you can get this product and Freshmart store(health food.)
To works with your overweight,cut off to little portion on carbohidrates,(sugar,cookies,etc). All depend of your age, you could be walking 3-4times a week and increase distance as you feel better. I known a lot of runners to go down in weight 100pounds. However antidepressant help, but consult a nutritionist and have an diet squedule. I am 67yrs. of age and i made running my life style spite my med.condition. Good luck
I can relate to what you are going through, I suffer from and anxiety and depression. Your energy levels are from depression,
Symptoms of Iron deficiency:
Mild iron deficiency anemia may not cause noticeable symptoms. If anemia is severe, symptoms may include:
Weakness, fatigue, or lack of stamina.
Shortness of breath during exercise.
Craving substances that are not food (pica). In particular, a craving for ice can be a sign of iron deficiency anemia.
Other signs may include:
Brittle fingernails and toenails.
Smooth, sore tongue.
Muscle pain during exercise.
What are the symptoms?
You may not notice the symptoms of anemia, because it develops slowly and the symptoms may be mild. In fact, you may not notice them until your anemia gets worse. As anemia gets worse, you may:
Feel weak and tire out more easily.
Be grumpy or cranky.
Look very pale.
Feel short of breath.
Have trouble concentrating.
Babies and small children who have anemia may:
Have a short attention span.
Grow more slowly than normal.
Develop skills, such as walking and talking, later than normal.
Anemia in children must be treated so that mental and behavior problems do not last long.
Hope this helps.
Hi Ruthy; I hade exactly the same symptoms 30 years ago and it lasted for a 5 or 6 years until I went to a new PCP and he tested my thyroid. He not only tested the TSH, he also tested the T4, T4 Uptake and the T3. The main one that lets you know if your Thyroid isn't working right can be either T4 or T4U. I found out that I had thyroiditis... which turned into Hashimoto's Thyroiditis or it is also called Chronic Lymphocytic Thyroiditis. Make your doctor do the other tests and I do mean make him. It is for your own good to find out. Once you are on medication (Synthroid) you will start to feel better almost immediedly. Good Luck and keep me posted.
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