RE: I am 'anemic'. Any tips or ideas, thoughts?
NO BOOZE, NOT EVEN RED WINE! Forget beer, too, even if it American beer (read: water with p**s in it, so, so low in alcohol as to not get even a fly snookered, although it seems to work on Americans for some reason).
Sorry to be so firm, but with all the gunk you've been on and your current condition, alcohol of any form is really not a good idea at all. And the same goes for fruit juices - too much acid and sugar.
Side effects of taking iron if you are iron poor are usually rather mild, so I would not concentrate on that - most of the bother you are having is due to your current state, rather than any remedy. The side effects listed above are usually associated with the experience of being too low on iron or when there is an overdose of iron, neither is a risk you need to worry about.
As your doc (and I, in the previous post) said, it should back off over time. You have been through the ringer, my friend, and you will paying the piper for a while. Basically, everything is going through a major readjustment after being brought to the edge, and that can feel like hell.
Eat healthily - iron rich foods, so long as it is low in acid. Drink a goodly amount of water each day, rest as much as you can. Exercise, not only for the heart benefits, but also as a way of building up a sweat and clearing toxins from your system. Don't do detox diets, they are rubbish, no science behind it at all, and a lot of patent medicine - it can mess you up even worse. Stretch, exercise, and if your doc approves, take regular saunas - it helps to build up your immune system and will do a ton of good in about a dozen other ways. Continue on your meds regime, be patient and it will get better. Not much can be done about the lungs, I am afraid, but with exercise and inhalation therapy, you can make them more efficient - and speaking of which, breathe through your nose as much as possible - we know that air that has passed through the nose, besides being better filtered, also contains bits of stuff that actually increase the efficiency of your lungs to process oxygen. Its all a bit of a bibbledy bio-y, chemi-whemi sort of thing. And that is how we explain it to laymen.
Increased circulation will also help your arthritis, as will, as I said earlier, training to restore suppleness to the digits. Beyond that, and I know this sounds corny, but there is real science behind this, keeping up a positive attitude is something that can make a massive difference.
There are yeast preparations here that are very popular for low iron, you can buy them in liquid form in health food shops in the US, but I would check them with your pharmacist before taking them. Ask also if you can take glucosamine with minerals and calcium - if it is allowed, it will also help with your joints - today it is often combined with cod liver oil or seal oil (even better than cod liver oil) and has been shown to be effective in resolving or lessening joint pain and swelling.
Above all, don't lose heart - we may want to cut it out, and wish to avoid a lengthy search.
(This post was last modified: 01-13-2014 09:17 PM by DocWils.)