What else should I ask my doctor tomorrow morning?
October 12, 2013 10:46 PM Subscribe
I'm anemic and have PCOS, and have been feeling increasingly crappy. I have been taking over the counter iron that includes zinc, vitamin c, and B vitamins (FabIron) for over a year; clearly, it is not enough. I have a doctor's appointment first thing tomorrow morning.
What else should I ask my doctor, or ask her to do?
posted by jrobin276 to Health & Fitness (16 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Blood tests from a year ago indicated that I was extremely anemic, but otherwise "fine": Vitamin D, thyroid, hormones all within the 'normal' range. I've been scanned and tested up the wazoo, so the anemia is genetic/heavy menstrual cycle. Hormones were tested once, at no particular time in my cycle, about a year ago; most recent general blood test was 6 months ago.
I don't see B12 on the test (which was a huge problem for my grandmother), and I haven't been tested for Celiac, so I was thinking about asking for that.
My iron levels in February were:
Iron: 11.2 (9.0-26.0) umol/L
Transferrin: 3.16 (2.10-3.80) g/L
Saturation: 14 (15-45) %
Ferritin: 9 (10-120) ug/L
I have almost all the anemic symptoms you can list, worsening over the last few months - heart palpitations, shortness of breath, difficulty swallowing, cold, fatigue... blah blah blah, and my PMS is getting worse (spotting, acne, yeast infections, extremely weepy - aside from the normal nausea and severe cramping). I can't be pregnant like this... I can't do ANYTHING like this. (FWIW, we are moving out of our moldy apt next weekend; I am seeing a therapist and she thinks my biggest problem is that I'm just too tired... too tired to go out and pick up hobbies, call my mom, make friends, etc. I agree.)
You are not MY doctor, but maybe you're a doctor or a more experienced Anemia/PCOS patient: If I need to be assertive and ask for things... what should I ask for?