Category Archive: Anemic

Anemia Caused By Heavy Menstruation

Lately, I feel more anemic than I was before. From a powerful horse who could run at least 5km everyday and sweat buckets come rain or shine 7 days a week, I have now reduced on  my running.  I do more  brisk walking (outdoor)  and air-walking in the gym 5x a week. Running zaps up too much of my energy and causes shortness of breath and lightheadedness. I was chatting with my friend the other day and realized that my aggravated lethargy is most likely caused by heavy and prolonged menstruation every month caused by the fibroid in my uterus. My friend had uterine fibroids too and she had gone through 2 surgical procedures to have the most problematic fibroid removed. As for me, I think my situation is not as bad as my friend. I will continue with the bi-yearly vaginal ultrasound scans to monitor the fibroid, speaking of which, I am due for my first check up for this year anytime now!

To beat iron deficiency anemia, I am now taking Sangobion (iron tablets) everyday. I also eat 2 free range chicken eggs a day and try to include red meat and red beans in my diet everyday.

 

 

Anemia symptoms vary depending on the cause of your anemia but may include:

Fatigue
Weakness
Pale skin
A fast or irregular heartbeat
Shortness of breath
Chest pain
Dizziness
Cognitive problems
Cold hands and feet
Headache

I can tick 8 of the above symptoms for my own anemia.

Causes and Complications of Anemia

Causes of Anemia
Iron deficiency anemia occurs when your body doesn’t have enough iron to produce hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the part of red blood cells that gives blood its red color and enables the red blood cells to carry oxygenated blood throughout your body. If you aren’t consuming enough iron, or if you’re losing too much iron, your body can’t produce enough hemoglobin, and iron deficiency anemia will eventually develop.

Causes of iron deficiency anemia include:

Blood loss. Blood contains iron within red blood cells. So if you lose blood, you lose some iron. Women with heavy periods are at risk of iron deficiency anemia because they lose blood during menstruation. Slow, chronic blood loss within the body — such as from a peptic ulcer, a hiatal hernia, a colon polyp or colorectal cancer — can cause iron deficiency anemia. Gastrointestinal bleeding can result from regular use of some over-the-counter pain relievers, especially aspirin.

A lack of iron in your diet. Your body regularly gets iron from the foods you eat. If you consume too little iron, over time your body can become iron deficient. Examples of iron-rich foods include meat, eggs, leafy green vegetables and iron-fortified foods. For proper growth and development, infants and children need iron from their diet, too.

An inability to absorb iron. Iron from food is absorbed into your bloodstream in your small intestine. An intestinal disorder, such as celiac disease, which affects your intestine’s ability to absorb nutrients from digested food, can lead to iron deficiency anemia. If part of your small intestine has been bypassed or removed surgically, that may affect your ability to absorb iron and other nutrients.

Pregnancy. Without iron supplementation, iron deficiency anemia occurs in many pregnant women because their iron stores need to serve their own increased blood volume as well as be a source of hemoglobin for the growing fetus.

Complications 
Mild iron deficiency anemia usually doesn’t cause complications. However, left untreated, iron deficiency anemia can become severe and lead to health problems, including the following:

Heart problems. Iron deficiency anemia may lead to a rapid or irregular heartbeat. Your heart must pump more blood to compensate for the lack of oxygen carried in your blood when you’re anemic. This can lead to an enlarged heart or heart failure.

Problems during pregnancy. In pregnant women, severe iron deficiency anemia has been linked to premature births and low birth weight babies. But the condition is preventable in pregnant women who receive iron supplements as part of their prenatal care.

Growth problems. In infants and children, severe iron deficiency can lead to anemia as well as delayed growth and development. Additionally, iron deficiency anemia is associated with an increased susceptibility to infections.

 

 

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Alycia’s 10th Birthday

Yesterday was my ‘precious baby’s’ 10th birthday. In the morning, I wanted to pen down a short post in each of my blogs for remembrance of the happiest day of my life 10 years ago. But too many things cropped up. I had some crappy moments with my supplier, with some customers and with WORK. I spent my whole morning checking invoices, preparing invoices and trying to get used to my supplier’s new system which was and still is making me dizzy each time I look at her invoice prepared using her new system. I felt so terrible yesterday morning – felt so woozy after hours of staring at my crappy new desktop computer and at the mind-boggling invoices in her new system. I so regret buying this new desktop computer – installed with genuine Microsoft version 8 some more (DUH, craps!), which is driving me bonkers! I told the hubs that I felt like thrashing this computer down my unit!

Anyway, I had to stop what I was doing get out of the house to celebrate my ‘precious baby’s’ special day with her.  The hubs and I had gone through so much to get our ‘precious baby’ and I will never forget the day that I carried her for the first time in my arms. That was the moment that I only and truly believed that I had a baby, and a very beautiful one 🙂

We had lunch at Fong Lye Taiwanese Fusion restaurant @ Gardens and ordered 3 very sumptuous steamboat sets. Along to celebrate our joyous occasion was Alycia’s grandaunt and visiting cousin and friend from London.

At night, we had dinner with some close relatives at a nearby restaurant and then adjourned to Alycia’s grand-uncle’s house for the cake-cutting ceremony.

 

My ‘precious baby’ will forever be my precious baby  no matter the age 🙂

Aly bday 2

I pray that God will bestow Alycia with many more happy birthdays, good health, wisdom and guide her to grow up into a very happy and good individual.

 

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Not In A Mood To Do Anything

Today I just feel like doing nothing, absolutely nothing.  I did not even exercise in the morning and have skipped taking my shower in the morning lol!  I woke up at 4:45am feeling dead tired and with a heavy head again.  I went through the motions of my early morning routine — doing some housework and to get Alycia and Sherilyn ready for school. After sending them to school, I just did not feel like jogging or walking the stairs. Instead, I went back to my unit to enjoy my breakfast while reading the newspapers, in sheer peace!  Then, I woke Cass up and got her ready for school.  She was late as I felt too jaded to get things moving fast.  After sending her off to school — no walking but took the car instead and hubs drove the car. I told him I was dead tired, sleepy and listless and only wanted to do some retail therapy at the nearby mart.  Yup, the shopping queen in me gets ‘therapied’ even if it is just grocery shopping and spending money… need not necessarily be money spent on clothes, shoes and bags haha!  I was even feeling too tired to cook, so hubs asked if I wanted to pack some food for lunch and I was too happy to say yes to him.  So today is going to be a slow paced day for me.  I ain’t going to stress myself up doing chores or heavy cooking.

Chris, you are right. I now remember that I am slightly anemic and have very low blood pressure.  Since my Aunt Flow is still visiting,  that is why I am feeling lethargic and moody.

My girls will have take-away noodles for lunch today and dinner will be home-made pizza bread (with roast chicken meat, tomatoes and cheese as topping) and grilled giant BBQ Portobello mushrooms, something that we agreed on during dinner last night.

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