I have a vitamin D defiency and iron defiecent anemia. I am sleeping 10-12 hours a night. What is causing me to sleep this much? What can I do to get back to 8 hours a night. I am missing time by not having a morning. I appreciate anyone's view on this. I take iron supplements and vitamin D every week 50,000 iu. What else can I do? Thank you for your help.
Hi Cindy. I am so sorry to hear you r going thru this. I have suffered from iron deficiency anemia since I was 18 (12 yrs now). Thru these twelve yrs I have had good yrs and bad ones. I was hospitalized when I found out at 18 because my hemoglobin was 6.0. I was in almost 2 wks. They gave me blood ransfusions, iron, and birth control because I also have endemetriosis and lose a lot if blood during my period. It took about a year and I was seeing a hemotologist the whole time once a week getting hemoglobin checked. After that yr I was up to near 10.5, and a females should be around 12, so that was good considering how low it was. The birth control and iron seemed to help, and eating red meats. I did pretty good up until 2 yrs ago and I had to have an ovary removed laproscopically due to cysts constantly. The surgery seemed like a success ntil I noticed 2wks after I had not had a b.m. Sorry I know this is gross., but i dont have insurance due to pre-existing conditions.
I went 3 months with out one and a gastroenterologist finally admitted me in hospital and placed tubes thru my nose to my stomach and cleansed me and did colonoscopy and only got 75% of way thru and i woke up but he did not find a cause. A couple weeks after they released me I realized I was constipated again. The drs put me out of work and tried to send me to out of town specialists but I could not afford to go. I was really weak from my belly being so full, and have started passing out every so often and found out my hemoglobin is back to between 6.5-7.5 back and forth. I sleep constantly. I get so bored, I don't have kids, my hubby works constantly because I can't and we r barely making it. I can't take iron now because it causes constipation. If I were u stay with iron and vitamins, also ask your dr for birth control, and eat red meats, drink plenty of water and gatorade. I understand exactly how u feel. There r some days I will sleep 16 hours. Just walking downstairs to kitchen wares me out. I worked at a daycare before my surgery and I miss my 2 & 3's so bad and I tried to work 4 hrs a day and it wore me slam out. If u don't mind my asking, do u know what your hemoglobin is? You might could use a transfusion, but iron, read meats, and birth control, and unfortunately until your hemoglobin gets to atleast 10 I would get lots of rest if yuor time permits it. I hope I helped some. I will friend u and u friend me back f u want to talk privately or publicly. Good luck and please keep me informed. We can probably help each other. Your friend, Anna.
Sorry just realized a wrote u a whole book on this... lol. Hope it all works out and if I can help in anyway don't hesitate to message me. I.know a lot on this subject.
The red blood cells carry oxygen to the cells of your body, In order to carry this oxygen they must have iron. If your iron is low then you are not carrying enough oxygen to your cells and hence why you feel so tired and why people get out of breath so easily.
Let me share a very good website with you that explains about the two types of iron: heme and nonheme, and what foods are rich in these two types of iron. Also note that nonheme iron requires vitamin C for absorption. Are you getting your iron supplement with Vitamin C? Give this website a peek and see if it doesn't explain some to you.
Hope this helps some and keep us posted,
I could sleep all day if I could lol. I too have iron deficient anemia and vitamin D deficiency. I have been taking a rx for both, neferix and vitamin D liquid gels. I also had 3 iron infusions in April. Before having the infusions, my hemoglobin was 9 and my iron was 25. 2 weeks ago my hemoglobin was 11 and my iron was 18. I don't know what my vitamin D levels were. The nurse also told me that my red blood cell distribution was out of whack but she didn't know what it meant. I am supposed to go back for 3 more iron infusions but haven't heard back from them yet. I also lose handfuls of hair daily and I don't know if that is from the anemia or my thyroid. I really need a complete thyroid blood panel but my doc always only checks the TSH. I hate feeling like this all the time so I know how you feel. I do hope that you feel better.
I try to take vitamin C with the iron to help with absorption but I'll be honest and say I haven't been taking my supplements like I need to lately, just too darn tired. I have 4 young children so I need my energy but it's gone. Hopefully we will feel better soon. I wish you the best.
Hi, just a quick thought... do you take any other medication &/or have mental health condition/s? I sleep much more than i used to since having problems with my mental health and starting on anti-depressants and anti-psychotics...
Just wanted to be sure... Are all with this problem seen by an Endocrinologist? ESP. The one with thyroid problems. I also have found that a good GI doc can be on top of this problem.
I have the same problem, and it's miserable having a five yr. old to look after. And like the others... I too have issues. I take prescription 50,000 of vitamin D. What Laurie wrote was interesting though. I just had a ton of blood work done last week, and am waiting on the results of them. Check out that website Laurie gave. I hope you find a solution. I know it's miserable. Take care, and good luck. Ruthie
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