I was diagnosed as an Anemic as a young teenager. It was confusing because there are many paths of treatment depending on the person. I attributed my scary symptoms to growing up and going through weird changes. It turns out that most teenagers (or people in general) do not bleed copious amounts, nor randomly become dizzy and faint. That means there’s a problem.
Getting to the Bottom of the Symptoms
After coping with about four months of very heavy periods, shaking, and fainting spells; I thankfully had enough sense to get to a doctor. Part of me was scared I’d be told I have some sort of terminal illness. That being said, I was both relieved and upset when I was diagnosed as Anemic. My doctor explained that, judging by my blood test results, my anemia was not caused by internal bleeding. He believed my condition was a result of heavy periods and a lack of iron in my diet. He said that anemia in men can be a bit more serious, because it can be a sign of internal bleeding. I did more research about anemia in men, and I learned that getting a colonscopy can reveal internal bleeding, and is often a first step in diagnosing the cause of anemia in men. Once you are diagnosed, your doctor will tell you if you cells are functioning the way they should, and if your hemoglobin is at normal levels. If there is anything “off” besides your iron level, Anemia can be a symptom of another disease or problem within the body. Occasionally, a person might need a bit of bone marrow tested in order to pin-point the cause of the anemia.
You Need to be Treated
Anemia should not be ignored. Iron is an essential element in the body. I was prescribed ferrous iron tablets. This form of iron is most gentle on the stomach. Only take the amount of iron your doctor tells you, because iron poisoning can be fatal. I was also told that taking iron with a form of vitamin C (such as orange juice) helps the body better receive iron. I now take birth control to prevent abnormally heavy periods. Increasing your intake of dark and colorful vegetables is a good way to naturally increase your iron intake.
It has been years since I was diagnosed, and I have a checkup every six months to make sure there are no changes with my anemia. Currently, I am pretty much on the same treatment plan as I always was. My main point is thus: do not ignore any strange symptoms! Anemia is a serious condition and should not be ignored. That is a sign there’s something wrong in your body. I usually feel energized and alert, thanks to maintaining my Anemia. I eat healthy often too, since vegetables and certain fruits are good for decreasing Anemic symptoms. An added bonus is that I feel great after all these iron-rich meals I eat!