Hi Claire, a number of us had noticed improvement in our symptoms during menstruation. I ceased to daytime sleep on those days and depending on how heavy the period was would get 5-14 days relief. As the past two years moved I noticed my sleeping periods were increasing.
I returned to my doctor because I was getting more and more tired, heavy and lethargic. My doctor did a big range of blood tests, probably took around 100mls of blood. It was an early morning fasting blood test, and that afternoon I didn't feel heavy and sleepy. The next morning I felt wonderful, had lots of energy and felt light like a fairy
, I tackled many jobs around the house i hadn't looked at in years. The next three days were equally as great. On the fith day, I fell back into the sleeping state I had been in for years.
I returned to my doctor for test results, which showed my iron levels were near the top of the normal range, my transferrin saturation was at 51%.
I told the doctor what happened with my energy levels and symptoms. She said my iron levels were normal.
I knew what had made me feel better, loss of blood, so with my Doctor basically fobbing me off I went to the blood bank and donated blood, 470mls.
Once again, the effect was dramatic, my energy levels were high, I felt light again and had an amazingly high libido (shocks and horrors, my husband thought it was great!). My joints were fluid and moved beautifully, whereas I had been investigated for arthritis two years earlier and always felt stiff and sore, especially in the knees and hips.
On day seven after the phleb I had a serious spasticity fit and heart arthymia. The arythmia continues, but is every day abating. I have never experienced spastiity or any heart problems before, but I believe this is the iron moving around my organs as I have drawn on the storage areas, I am exercising every day and that seems to help.
One month later now and most of the time I feel 20 years younger. My business that has languished for a number of years is moving fast forward and I feel great and feel I can plan ahead with confidence.
I am seeing a hemotologist next week, so will have more details then, and hopefully another phlebotomy.
The beauty of all this, is that giving blood is trivial.
The effects of high iron are devastating and are not being recognised by the medical profession.
My ferritin was never over 175!