For any help you or anyone else can give me, I thank you.
personally, i think iron would at very least make a big change to
your level of fatigue, not to mention working with the b-vitamins to
build myelin, and with your immune system to FIGHT infection (i make these comments based on the links at the end of this post)
i believe, if you are low in iron, your body's starved metabolic processes
will be snapping it up like sponges for a long time before you
have to worry about excesses boosting bacterial or viral overgrowth!
for a supplement, i think you'd be fine with your old standby, ferrous sulfate. you could consider finding something blended with a couple of the other types, perhaps (ferrous fumarate, ferrous glucomate). i'd personally be more worried about chelating if i was taking a maintenance iron supplement, not if i'm boosting myself from deficiency to somewhere in the normal range.
i don't recall exactly but i think to kick me out of my original iron
basement (one of my recent numbers was 41; normal range 41-300)
i had to take something like 300mg per day for a while, plain
old ferrous sulfate, little red pills.
consider taking C, A, and B-complex at the same time as your iron supplement.
so why do you think your iron is low? any of the usual suspects apply in your case? sorry, but what's ice cruncher?
i hope i answered your question all right, if you want me to dig any further just say good luck recovering from the fatigue, it's such a drag.
(i think i have the same problem right now - my current iron supplement is a DISGUSTING liquid, so i haven't taken it in ages, and i haven't been to the shops to replace it in months!)
My iron was 28.
Binding capacity was good- midrange.
% saturation (?) was 8- report says it should be 15-50.
RDW was a little high 15.8. Report says that should be 11-15.
Thanks for remembering that I have been tired. I am feeling much better, though. One afternoon it was as though the clouds parted (brain clouds?) and by the next morning I felt great. I am getting caught up at work, and I'm hoping that it will be a long long time before I feel that bad again. As quickly as all that cleared, I'm wondering if it had been an exacerbation of some kind. It had been quite some time that I struggled to get my work done, and it has now been easy to catch up- the difference- like night and day.
I bought chelated iron (why?? I don't know) and it is only 25mg. I'll get back to the store to correct that. It makes sense to take the iron, but there is this nagging fear that I might do something to make all this worse, and I don't want to do that! Isn't there a saying about a little information being a dangerous thing? That is where I am. I know only enough to be stupid! SO, I'll keep reading and hopefully one day all this will come together and make sense to me.
Thank you again.
The article states,
Since people with one autoimmune disease frequently develop a second or third, it would seem possible that we could develop even a mild case of celiac disease with MS. A diet strictly free of gluten (wheat, rye, barley, and possibly oats) may allow healing of the vili. The article states,Since iron and calcium are absorbed in the small intestine, celiac patients can develop iron deficiency anemia and osteoporosis.
By the way, for those of the "hormone persuasion," the article also statesAdults who follow the diet show improvement almost immediately, and the small intestine is usually completely healed within two years.
Just adding more info--it may be relevant, or not.It is known that testosterone levels in men with celiac are lower than the general population.
tanks for the added info LC. this reminds me, terry you never did say if you know why your iron is low? if you don't want to say, no biggie we still love you hehehe
also there is the type and amount of iron in your diet, and the absorption once it's inside.
if you get plenty of heme (animal) iron, that's a good start. i was a strict veggie for so long that all my iron intake was non-heme, which is harder to absorb and therefore i was making the situation more difficult, and ended up deficient in spite of all my spinach and kidney beans. now i'm all about the heme iron
absorption can be affected by a number of things, first the iron type as i just said, and also things like lots of coffee, or aspirin, can interfere. a problem with the bowel can also be a possibility but before you worry about that kind of thing, i'd just try a regular hefty supplement for a while and see if that sorts you out.
i don't think i realized that alopecia and iron deficiency were linked before! i will have to relay to other people on here who have the hair loss issue. thanks!
I searched alopecia iron deficiency and there is info like crazy! How did I not know this?
I also found this-
Okay...maybe THAT is why I didn't know.Iron deficiency is the world's most common nutritional deficiency and is associated with developmental delay, impaired behavior, diminished intellectual performance,
Thank you Jimmylegs. You have been a bright spot in my day.
What about this? Iron/MS
If these principles stand up to testing, it may be prudent that virtually all MS patients be kept on a regimen that ensures continuously adequate iron supplies. 'MS is probably not caused by a specific virus but yet it is caused by any or all viruses. It is caused by anything that has to be neutralized by the liver when there is not sufficient iron available to support safe heme synthesis.
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