I first found out that I was anemic about 6 years ago. In the beginning, I thought that was the answer to many of my ailments. The reason I was tired all the time, the reason I hurt all the time and the reason I started getting sick all the time but that ended up not being the case. I want to share how having anemia affects my life, my chronic illness and my mental illness.
Having Anemia Affects My Daily Life
Anemia is present everyday and is seriously, the flea hitching a ride with the monkey on my back. It just total makes things worse. Do you know what I mean?
I have Vitamin and Iron Deficiency Anemia. This means that the volume of vitamins and iron that the body needs to run properly are not present in my blood, my red blood cells attack each other and my body doesn’t make new ones fast enough. Yep, you can get it diagnosed with a blood test.
When you first show up as anemic, they will ask you to take vitamins and supplements, in order to get your numbers up. However, if that doesn’t work, you can be diagnosed with Anemia. I was diagnosed with Anemia of Chronic Disease (ACD) and I’ll spend the rest of my life trying to get enough vitamins into my system.
How having Anemia affects me:
- Fatigue: I get so extremely tired that I can barely stand it. It sucks. No matter how much sleep I get or how much caffeine I consume, I am always completely exhausted! Does anyone else feel this level of tired?
- Dizziness and Hot Flashes: All of a sudden, I will feel dizzy or light-headed for no reason. All at once, I feel hotter than hot and like I need to sit before I fall down. I also break into a sweat and even though I feel like I’m BURNING UP, I am cold and clammy to the touch.
- Leg Cramps: I constantly have to move or twitch my legs/feet. If I don’t, they will lock up and I will get these insane leg cramps that feel like my legs are being chopped off.
- Insomnia: The lack of sleep is real, people! Do you know what it feels like? Between my Fibromyalgia and my Anemia, sleep is a like a celebrity in the airport that I am constantly trying to steal little glimpses of!