anemia and neuropathy?

By tabby9146 Latest Reply 2014-06-29 20:03:19 -0500
Started 2014-06-17 13:14:32 -0500

what do you know about this connection? I just read where someone (not on here) was talking about this and I found it very interesting. My numbers are good, my A1C is always good, but lately, I have been feeling less energetic, for quite some time and tired more often, so the other day I began taking vitamins with iron again. I hope this helps. I am so glad I read about this, because one of my feet feels more numb and tingling more often the last few weeks, every single day, and one or two of my toes in that foot (though the foot has great color to it) feels kind of numb and tingly a few times throughout the day. Am I making too much of it? never had any problems before. so maybe taking these vitamins will see if that goes away.

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lanykins 2014-06-29 20:03:19 -0500 Report

I have very severe neuropathy throughout my whole body. It's built up for a long time. But I have never developed anemia. My blood is checked every 6 months so I know it's not a problem.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-17 22:36:48 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed with Iron Deficiency Anemia when I was 14 years old. My doctor asked me about it Monday. He asked me about taking Iron Pills. Every time I take them I get sick after about two months.

The best thing to do is ask you doctor. A blood test will show your iron level.

haoleboy 2014-06-17 16:24:19 -0500 Report

Sounds like what you are referring to is iron deficiency anemia-induced peripheral neuropathy. Although I do suffer from neuropathy I take an Iron/B12/Copper supplement to cover my bases just in case.
As James has mentioned … check with your doctor … a simple blood test can check for anemia and for B12 deficiency.


jigsaw 2014-06-18 09:43:46 -0500 Report

Just in case! Iron is an oxidant! Young women can need iron more commonly then men. We men have to be a bit more careful. It's important ( if you use an iron supplement) to use a supplement that can be easily assimilated, to avoid additional risks. Getting iron through iron rich whole foods, or natural whole food supplements, is the safest bet. Hint: Beware, you could end up looking like Popeye! Didn't know if you knew that or not.

Nick1962 2014-06-17 14:38:37 -0500 Report

If I recall it’s called Iron Deficiency Anemia and causes symptoms similar to neuropathy - but not actual neuropathy. Short explanation: low iron = low hemoglobin = low oxygen in the red blood cells = neuropathy symptoms (but don’t quote me). Sister had Leukemia and suffered from this frequently.

tabby9146 2014-06-18 11:32:01 -0500 Report

sorry about your sister. You said she 'had' leukemia, I hope she is not deceased. I hope she beat it. thanks

Nick1962 2014-06-18 12:39:58 -0500 Report

Thanks, but no, she's been gone a good while. I just remember it because she (as a child) would call it "ant nibbles"

jayabee52 2014-06-17 16:11:37 -0500 Report

that does not mean that she should not consult with her Dr since there are several different types of anemia (as indicated below)

Nick1962 2014-06-17 16:21:10 -0500 Report

Wholly agree - I'm not offering any diagnosis.
Simply a response to one link between anemia and neuropathy

tabby9146 2014-06-17 14:17:24 -0500 Report

I've actually had an iron deficiency twice in my life, and once was my late teens. My dad was a pharmacist and he put me on a special iron for a short time, and that took care of it. So that is one reason why I think this is happening, and another thing (sorry for the men) but ladies, I have really heavy periods, the first two days, been going on heavier than they should be for years, told my OBGYN two years ago finally and she checked and I did not have anemia and since I had no other symptoms, she told me about a newer surgical procedure, but of course, it has risks and the way I look at it I have put up with it close to 10 years, and I can live with it longer, since I am getting close to "that" age, where I don't have many years left of the monthly visitor anyway. lol…I can exercise, though I don't do the amount I am used to, I can get up and walk around and do things, otherwise had it been much worse than that, I would have gone to the doc , money concerns or not. thanks.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-06-17 15:03:57 -0500 Report

I remember my Mother always made me and my sister eat a meal of chicken liver that time of the month. She said it would help keep your blood strong. But now, well I have came and gone past that monthly visitor for a long time now. But I read B12 helped diabetics due to some people do get iron deficency when diabetic. Not everyone like I said before but it has helped me. Best wishes, I hope you find out what is causing yours. Prayers!

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-06-17 13:45:28 -0500 Report

Back when I started feeling weak and less energetic I started taking B12. It has helped me, of course not knowing why you are feeling less energetic B12 may not be what you need. I agree check with your doctor to find the underlying cause and ask what vitamin or supplement you might need, or maybe even certain foods with what your body is needing.

jayabee52 2014-06-17 13:22:29 -0500 Report

Have you seen your Dr about it? T

here are several different kinds of anemia (see ~ ) and one kind of anemia may not be effectively treated by the treatment from another.

God's best to you and yours

tabby9146 2014-06-17 14:13:36 -0500 Report

no have not seen doctor yet. It is time for a physical, but don't have the money. I am still paying the hospital and surgeon bills from my surgery last year, paid off the anesthesia a long time ago, nearly got the surgeon paid off now but the hospital is really going to be a good while longer, even though we have decent insurance and with another medical bill from someone else in my family, plus my being sick a few weeks ago and went to an out of network doctor (forgot about that and how they charge much more) and so I need to get at least these doc bills paid off first. I wish I could go.

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