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At Wits' End!

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  • Posted By: DenverJohn
  • June 17, 2009
  • 07:36 PM

Hello! I really could use some help. I'm 56, and I've been extremely fatigued for five or six years now. (Note: A few years before the fatigue I could ride my bike 30 miles in the mountains of Colorado on an average day, after the fatigue I couldn't make it 2 miles from home because there was a small hill.) About five years ago I saw a doctor about the fatigue and they diagnosed "anemia and diabetes". I was given B12 shots, iron and metformin. A couple of years later the sugars were under control but I was still extremely fatigued. They then diagnosed CHF (cardiomyopathy) and anemia. I was placed on a heart cocktail to increase ejection fraction along with B12 and iron. The heart is better but I'm still fatigued. I have a doctor who, for the first time, said it is not wise to throw B12 and iron at anemia, but to find out why I have the "iron defincency anemia" in the first place. This has lead to a Celiac Disease Comprehensive Panel. I picked up the results today (listed below). I do not have another appointment for three weeks. I am desperate to find out why I am so fatigued. I get up in the morning, take a long shower, dress and then have to lay down for 30 minutes before I can start my daily routine. Same thing for the afternoon only it's normally an hour nap. I'm hoping this is something that can be corrected with a change in diet (no glutton, or lactose or sugar or ????) or through a mineral or supplement or even an Rx. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance, John

Recent blood results for fatique:

Iron Saturation 16
Iron 57
Ferritin 14
Vit B12 1467 (have been on weekly shots for more than five years)
Folate, Serum >24.0
Reticulocye 1.5
Reticulocyte Abs #0.07
(tTG)Ab, igA <3
1gA, Serum 113
Endomysial Ab 1gA Negative
Endomysial Ab Titer Less than 1:5

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