ouch what units for iron??? in the units i use, i try to keep mine above 100!!!
why are you always low? iron anemia can lead to burning pain too.
try to keep your hemoglobin at least 13 too..
"A low hemoglobin count is generally defined as less than 13.5 grams of hemoglobin per deciliter (135 grams per liter) of blood for men and less than 12 grams per deciliter (120 grams per liter) for women."
also, what's your protein intake like generally?
i certainly hope you get some relief!
and as for why doctors don't run the tests, it's probably because our health care systems are actually disease management systems. if you want to be proactive you might want to go to a nutritionist.
in canada, in ontario at least, that means you have to pay for the appointment and any testing. by and large, health care is only covered here once a patient is already sick.
for example OHIP (ontario health insurance plan) recently cut coverage for vitamin d3 testing UNLESS you already have bone disease such as rickets etc.
so patients can be at well documented risk for immune system implicated diseases such as cancer, MS, etc etc etc, due to sub-optimal vitamin d3 status, but as of 2010 in ontario, you have to pay to find out about it.
again, hope you feel better soon. here are links to healthy magnesium- and iron-dense foods
Mg: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tnam ... nt&dbid=75
Fe: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tnam ... nt&dbid=70
also magnesium oxide is not a very soluble/absorbable form. citrate is a little better and the most absorbable form is magnesium glycinate (sometimes you see magnesium bisglycinate).
hope that helps!
ps epsom salts baths are typically magnesium salts too so you can try those and use according to package directions (don't overdo it!)
my approach: no meds so far - just nutrient-dense anti-inflammatory whole foods, and supplements where needed
info: www.whfoods.com, www.nutritiondata.com