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Unread 07-13-2004, 08:07 AM
how long does anemia fatigue last?

I am 5 weeks post-op and am still tired. Before I had my surgery, my anemia had made me breathless and I had a rapid heartbeat. Yesterday I felt breathless and weak. Any of you with similar symptoms? When did you feel normal?
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Unread 07-13-2004, 08:20 AM
how long does anemia fatigue last?


cant answer you question as im still lady in waiting until sept
but i am anaemic and have noticed that i have started to get breathless though this might be as i cant stop eating really hungrey all the time as this affected you this way at all
i am sure in time you will feel better

love ginger
Unread 07-13-2004, 08:42 AM
how long does anemia fatigue last?

I'm 4 weeks postop
and although my count wasn't considered severely anemic
my MD gave me iron and told me to take it all.....
I think there's 3 months worth there, but anyway-

i think the fatigue may be a combination of healing and the anemia- it may last along time, i just don't know-

but i'm in the same boat...EXHAUSTED, more often than not

this may not have helped at all, just wanted to let you know i know what you're going through
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Unread 07-13-2004, 08:51 AM
how long does anemia fatigue last?

I had anemia previously also, but tested at the low end of normal prior to surgery.

I also feel breathless sometimes. I don't know why I feel breathless, either, but it is bothersome. Perhaps I am not breathing correctly because of gas pain, etc.....

Take care,

Unread 07-13-2004, 09:45 AM
how long does anemia fatigue last?

Anemia fatigur lasts as long as you are anemic. Once your hemoglobin is back to normal, then the iron goes to the bone marrow for new cell development and then storage. So it can take a while, So give yourself lots of time and rest. One of my bouts of anemia took almost a year to refill to normal, By the time I was feeling really better I ended up with mononucleosis, So I was tired for another six months.

Time heals,
Old lab tech worked in hematology and anemic all her adult life due to Aunt Flo.
Unread 07-13-2004, 11:29 AM
how long does anemia fatigue last?

thanks for all the replies, ladies. From what I've read about anemia, your numbers can look pretty good (hemoglobin and hematocrit) but you still feel awful because the red blood cells are either immature or inefficient. Either way, the body gets deprived of oxygen which causes the breathlessness and rapid heartbeat.
I suppose it takes a long time for the body to replace its iron stores. Fancypants - it sounds like you know your stuff - I will try to be patient. aargh.
Unread 07-13-2004, 11:49 AM
how long does anemia fatigue last?

I was ctitically anemic 8 days befire surgery, so I had a 3 unit transfusion. I immediately felt better than I had in years. I did start my period the day after receiving the blood and started bleeding out, so my dr. put me on 2 birth control pills immediately to stop it. I had so much energy a week before surgery and have felt real good energy wise ever since. I guess getting my blood level really increased before my surgery is what made me feel so good quick. I was also on chromagen 3x a day for 5 weeks.
Hang in there. As your blood level increases you will feel much better.

Unread 07-13-2004, 01:44 PM
how long does anemia fatigue last?

Hi...i was a member of the vampire club.

i think it takes awhile. i read somewhere that once you become anemic enough for your hemo to be low, it takes the bone marrow nearly a year to build back up where it is nice and healthy again.

as for subjective feelings of exhaustion, i'm about 6mos out from my TAH and I think it's much better.

Fluffy Lemur
Unread 07-13-2004, 01:51 PM
how long does anemia fatigue last?

Thanks for asking about this, as I was wondering too. Six months prior to surgery, I was slightly anemic and no matter how much iron I took via diet and pills, my count kept dropping month by month. I was tired and slightly lightheaded at times.

Since the surgery, I am still tired. I get a little dizzy if I stand up too fast. I was surprised that I didn't feel better by 4 weeks post op, but I learned from this thread that it'll take longer than I thought.
Unread 07-13-2004, 02:18 PM
how long does anemia fatigue last?

I was interested in this post as I was 8.3 before my surgery, and have been anaemic for years, almost permanently on iron.
Around 3 months, I felt great, on top of the world, but since I have been back in work, my energy levels have considerably lowered. now I am thinking that my iron levels are enough to sustain my recovery, but not enough to give me energy for work.
I have started a months supply of iron this week, to give me an added boost to get me up to speed a bit.
All you UK ladies who are anaemic, there is a brand of iron tablets called fersaday that you can buy from Boots, its 99p and my doctor put me on to this, so it comes recommended, and it doesnt make you so constipated!

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