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So THAT’S Why I Wanted All Of That Bacon (And Was Hospitalized This Week)

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Guess who is anemic!? ME!!!!!!! It all makes sense right now.  While I don’t have ALL of these symptoms – check it out:

  • Anxiety often resulting in OCD-type compulsions and obsessions
  • Irritability or a low feeling
  • Angina
  • Constipation
  • Sleepiness
  • Tinnitus
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Palpitations
  • Hair loss
  • Fainting or feeling faint
  • Depression
  • Breathlessness
  • Twitching muscles
  • Pale yellow skin
  • Tingling, numbness, or burning sensations
  • Missed menstrual cycle
  • Slow social development
  • Glossitis (inflammation or infection of the tongue)
  • Angular cheilitis (inflammatory lesions at the mouth’s corners)
  • Koilonychia (spoon-shaped nails) or nails that are weak or brittle
  • Poor appetite
  • Pruritus (itchiness)
  • Dysphagia due to formation of esophageal webs (Plummer-Vinson syndrome)
  • Insomnia
  • Restless legs syndrome[6]

I bolded what I usually deal with. Isn’t this CRAZY!?

My whole life I’ve been BORDERLINE anemic. Every blood test – the doc would tell me that I ALMOST present as an anemic but have never officially been given the title. Well, while at the hospital this week the ER doctor told me I WAS anemic officially. I didn’t have a chance to look it up until right now and found this list on Wikipedia. Out of control!

The dizziness.

The heart palpitations.

The shortness of breath.

BOOM! Thank GOD because I was so afraid of having to see a cardiologist! I’m going to the doctor in a few minutes and am going to bring this up. What a relief.

But now I understand my bacon obsession! I mean… I’ve been OUT OF CONTROL lately with the pig. Wonder if that will go away once the baby comes?



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  1. I hear you! I’ve always been borderline but when I was pregnant with Ben (11 years ago) I became officially anemic too. I took supplements during my pregnancy and after until I got back over the border line. With Syd I had preeclampsia and ended up needing transfusions of blood. And lots of iron supplements again. But both times, it eventually went back to my version of normal. BTW, you look FANTASTIC! 🙂

  2. I became anemic with my last baby. She is four months old now and as of last month I was STILL anemic. It sucks as you now know. I hope yours goes away!

  3. Me too! It’s no fun. I ended up having to take large iron pills for 3 months. Eat all the beef and lentils you can tolerate to help.

  4. I feel ya! I’m “chronically anemic” and boy does it take its toll. I have about half of those symptoms every day. I wish you all the best and hope you can work out a good solution with your doctor!

  5. TY very much, I have been so fustrated I had no idea anemia had so many issues. It makes sense now

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