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    about six weeks ago i was really quite ill for a long time, and after blood tests etc ive just found out that im anaemic. the doctor explained this (sort of) and i understand that im iron deficient and that i dont have enough red blood cells (explains the breathless ness etc) BUT im not really sure what caused this. i eat lots of veg and brown bread etc which all have iron in. so why am i anaemic? im fairly sure im not pregnant and i am fit. is there anybody else who is anaemic and can just randomly tell me some stuff about it? i am muchly confused.
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    I was anaemic when i was younger, i don't really much more than what you described above; as it was quite a few years ago.
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    my friends aneamic. she doesnt eat enough red meat and stuff but my mums also aneamic and thats nothign to do with her diet (think periods). if my mate forgets her pills and doesnt drink enough she collapses sometimes. which is always nice. but there are worst things u can have.
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    I used to be because despite eating good amounts of iron i had really heavy periods. It disappeared pretty quickly when i took my iron tablets and all the fainting stopped .
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    okay, thanks for that
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    about six weeks ago i was really quite ill for a long time, and after blood tests etc ive just found out that im anaemic. the doctor explained this (sort of) and i understand that im iron deficient and that i dont have enough red blood cells (explains the breathless ness etc) BUT im not really sure what caused this. i eat lots of veg and brown bread etc which all have iron in. so why am i anaemic? im fairly sure im not pregnant and i am fit. is there anybody else who is anaemic and can just randomly tell me some stuff about it? i am muchly confused.
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    Consult a qualified doctor for advice!

    There are many causes for anemia, I have thalassemia B minor and as a result I'm slightly anemic - as a sufferer I AM NOT suppose to take supplement Irons!
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    it's probably heavy periods. take some iron tablets and drink lots of orange juice (you need the vitamin c to help absorb the iron). you'll feel loads better when you've recovered.
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    twiga - its all well and good printing off netdoctor but you need to put it into context. Firstly the blood tests done for anaemia will quickly tell you which anaemia type you have.
    Iron deficiency as a cause leads to microcytic anaemia, B12 or folate deficiencies lead to macrocytic anaemia.
    Anaemia due to blood loss tends to be normocytic or microcytic (due to not enough iron).
    And like lozza says as the poster is a lass, it would prob be due to too little iron going in to account for monthly blood loss. in any case, a couple months of iron supplements will quickly either resolve the problem, or make it plain that there is a different cause.
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    (Original post by foolfarian)
    twiga - its all well and good printing off netdoctor but you need to put it into context. Firstly the blood tests done for anaemia will quickly tell you which anaemia type you have.
    Iron deficiency as a cause leads to microcytic anaemia, B12 or folate deficiencies lead to macrocytic anaemia.
    Anaemia due to blood loss tends to be normocytic or microcytic (due to not enough iron).
    And like lozza says as the poster is a lass, it would prob be due to too little iron going in to account for monthly blood loss. in any case, a couple months of iron supplements will quickly either resolve the problem, or make it plain that there is a different cause.
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    Point taken sorry
    fah, didnt mean to sound critical!
    just think those sites are a bit...dry for the lay person
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    As people have already mentioned, anaemia is actually quite common in young females due to loss of blood from periods. Diet also has an effect.

    When i first got diagnosed with anaemia i had an iron count of 6 (way lower than ideal). I started taking three tablets a day for the cure or anaemia and carried on doing so for a year and a half, when my iron count reached about 60. I now take one tablet a day for the prevention of anaemia.
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    I know two or three people who are anaemic. One because of diet (she has a very unvaried diet. Think coke and chips.) and the other because something's wrong with her red blood cells.

    I think quite a few people, esp girls, get it.

    Ah well. could be worse. make sure you're getting plenty of calcium, cause osteoporosis isn't something that can be fixed up with a few iron supplements.
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    I'm anaemic too, Im supposed to take two/three irons tablets everyday, but I dont cos I forget and it makes me feel sick for the rest of the day.
    So I try and eat abit of green everyday, spinach and broccoli is yum!! lol As long as you have vitamin c with it (2 glasses of orange juice), because vitamin c is needed to absorb the iron.
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    okay thanks guys, thats very helpful.
    i will be sure to eat green stuff and orange juice!! though maybe not all at once lol. yeah i felt sick for AGES, like 5 weeks, and it was all rubbish. i couldnt do loads of stuff cos i felt all weak and awful.
 
 
 
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