katherine_b: (Dont wanna)
posted by [personal profile] katherine_b at 10:48am on 29/07/2006 under
Feel free to skip this if you have no interest in my medical problems.

So, those with extraordinarily good memories might remember that, eight months ago, I was feeling very pants and went to a doctor, with the eventual diagnosis of crappy blood pressure and also vestibular neuronitis. I also found out that I had low iron (eight when it's meant to be ten or above).

Well, the low iron isn't going away - in fact, it's getting worse. I'm now at six, I'm using up my other reserves of iron and the level of cells that carry iron around the body are also dropping. *sigh* This doesn't seem to actually be affecting me yet (as far as I can tell), but we have to find out why. It's not the usual causes in young women, as I eat lots of iron-rich foods and my periods aren't heavy (you really wanted to know that, didn't you?). That means I could be bleeding from my intestines or something really nice... As a result, I have to have a colonoscopy and a gastroscopy (one tube in the mouth and the other going the other way). I think that will be in the next few weeks, but if anyone else has had these procedures, I would be interested in knowing what you thought about them.

Oh, and if there isn't a bleed somewhere (even a slow bleed) and levels keep going down to the point where they affect me, I might have to have intravenous iron. That is a long way off, though, and I refuse to start worrying about it.

*sigh the second* Why can I not have a period of normalcy just once in my life?!
Mood:: 'cranky' cranky
location: Home!
Music:: Renee Geyer - Say I Love You
katherine_b: (Dont wanna)
posted by [personal profile] katherine_b at 10:48am on 29/07/2006 under
Feel free to skip this if you have no interest in my medical problems.

So, those with extraordinarily good memories might remember that, eight months ago, I was feeling very pants and went to a doctor, with the eventual diagnosis of crappy blood pressure and also vestibular neuronitis. I also found out that I had low iron (eight when it's meant to be ten or above).

Well, the low iron isn't going away - in fact, it's getting worse. I'm now at six, I'm using up my other reserves of iron and the level of cells that carry iron around the body are also dropping. *sigh* This doesn't seem to actually be affecting me yet (as far as I can tell), but we have to find out why. It's not the usual causes in young women, as I eat lots of iron-rich foods and my periods aren't heavy (you really wanted to know that, didn't you?). That means I could be bleeding from my intestines or something really nice... As a result, I have to have a colonoscopy and a gastroscopy (one tube in the mouth and the other going the other way). I think that will be in the next few weeks, but if anyone else has had these procedures, I would be interested in knowing what you thought about them.

Oh, and if there isn't a bleed somewhere (even a slow bleed) and levels keep going down to the point where they affect me, I might have to have intravenous iron. That is a long way off, though, and I refuse to start worrying about it.

*sigh the second* Why can I not have a period of normalcy just once in my life?!
Music:: Renee Geyer - Say I Love You
location: Home!
Mood:: 'cranky' cranky

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