I was diagnosed mildly anemic about six years ago. I've never actually took the iron pills because they always made me feel bloated and nauseous. So I haven't taken any since the first time anemia was mentioned.
Around that time I was severely obese and my doctors main concern was my weight not my depression or fatigue. I gave up eventually and put off any doctor visits for quite some time. Dealing with any emotional or mental health problems on my own was ridiculous but I was very stubborn.
About four years later I made the choice to become a vegetarian, and I instantly started loosing weight. Oddly it wasn't for health reason that I choose the meat-free life-style but more of a challenge than an actual step to becoming healthier. But some short time after that I was hospitalized for an infection in my gull bladder and had it removed. It was then that my anemia had been mentioned again.
It had worsened to a point where obviously there was a high white cell count do to the infection and my red count was low enough for them to offer me blood.
I didn't even ask for details, I just refused immediately. To be honest it crept me out for some reason. The doctor was upset but made me promise to take iron pills asap. I never did.
Two years later, I've lost so much weight and sadly I've also lost so much hair. I feel sick and weak everyday. I get sharp pains in the center of my chest. I also get pain in my left side of my abdomen and shoulder. I get weird bruises on my shins that hurt badly. I always feel like I have a fever when my temperature is normal. I get exhausted easily. I haven't been able to sleep with out sleep-aids for six years, I honestly need caffeine through make it through the day. I have horrible joint pain that constantly causes me discomfort and fatigue. And bad frequent headaches that seem to appear and disappear as quickly as they came.
I don't have any health insurance at the moment so there really isn't a chance of me going to a clinic or hospital real soon. And the worst thing is that I am only 19 years old.
I don't want to jump to any diagnosis or conclusions but I think that I may have something along the lines of leukemia or lupus. I realize there are not common auto-immune diseases but something makes me fear that is what might be the cause of all these symptoms.
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