Worry about Anemia or let it slide?
August 17, 2012 10:50 AM Subscribe
Having a hard time getting a doctor's appointment, feeling run down and probably anemia has gotten VERY bad. Ok to wait, or step up the urgency?
posted by Caravantea to Health & Fitness (18 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The past 2 weeks I’ve been feeling slightly off. Tired, headachey, a little lightheaded. At work people have been dropping like flies (1 heart attack, 1 stroke, 1 blood clot in lung, one unspecified heart problem) and I thought that was a good signal to maybe stop ignoring this issue and get to the doctor.
Maybe it’s just a mild cold, or stress, but I think maybe it’s anemia. I’ve always been very anemic, and I don’t think I’ve ever managed to get my iron ranges up where they ought to be. But I haven’t done as much about it as I should have because iron pills never made me feel any better, just constipated. (I’ve had a hematocrit of 4 when they said I should have 13-150 and not felt any bad side effects, but the nurse was really upset with me) So my worry is that if my anemia is possibly bad enough to make me feel iffy, that it's actually pretty bad.
But the Nurse Practitioner I like has moved to a new practice. So I called them up, and they said they wouldn’t see me without transferring my records. Yesterday I ran over and signed off a release so they could fax them. But the new place still won’t make an appointment till they actually have them. I called back again today and they said ‘no nothing yet, call back Monday afternoon.’
So now that’s Monday before I can even book an appointment to see a doctor and try and get bloodwork done. Probably not until late next week.
My question is, should I just roll with it? If I’ve been ignoring minor side effects for days, what’s a few more? On the other hand, if it is anemia and I actually have side effects then that means it’s got to be pretty bad for it to actually register on me. But this doesn’t seem like something I could take to urgent care, does it? IDK, what would you do?