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I am 'anemic'. Any tips or ideas, thoughts?
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http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/11/15/...30411.html

For those that have been told to not eat or drastically reduce the amount of red meat they eat or those, like me, that don't like red meat, check out other alternatives for iron in food.
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#32
I would strongly advise against eating red meat if at all possible - for iron, there are so many sources from the vegetable kingdom that match or outpace almost all meat sources of iron (except liver) that you can easily get enough, if not more iron from eating a healthy dose of vegetables and nuts.
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#33
Well new bloodwork shows me at 11.9, so I am almost normal... now to start feeling better!
*I* am not a DOCTOR or any type of Health Care Professional.  My thoughts/suggestions/ideas are strictly only my opinions.

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#34
That takes a lot of time, I am afraid - it is not just having the iron in the blood, but rebuilding all the damage done from being iron poor, and that is a lengthy process. Just keep at it, and give it time.
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#35
The weird thing is that my left leg (the one that got really swollen) has been normal size for bout two weeks, and the skin is done peeling, but is still tender to the touch all over? Any clue how long that's gonna go on? I would think that after all the fluid is adsorbed (or whatever happens), the soreness ought to go away fairly quickly?
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#36
Nope. Takes time. Give it time. Edema stretches out all the tissue, the tissue has to mend. As fast as the body is, it is not THAT fast, and the nerves have to learn to send non threatening signals all over again.
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#37
Willing to give me any kind of guess? I understand it takes 'time', but a month? A year? Swelling has been completely gone for like 18 days now, and the shedding finished about two weeks ago.
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#38
two to six months altogether, more likely two or less. Can't be more accurate than that without having seen the damage first hand.
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#39
OK. Thanks - just like having some kind of idea, instead of an unrealistic expectation. Am able to do a bit more, but then I get seriously tired and need a nap. I guess that will take another month or so for the rest of me to go back to normal.

It does amaze me when compared to (say) my hip replacement. Within 3 weeks or so I was riding 2 to 3 miles daily, and not feeling like this. Must be an apples vs oranges thing.
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"Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you. Jesus Christ and the American Soldier. One died for your Soul, the other for your Freedom."
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#40
The hip replacement was a one off attack on your bones and muscles, with a bit of a shock to the system thrown in - the body rallies round rather quickly - the other was a long term, slow insidious change in your body's state and now the body has to set things to right and relearn how be "normal" after establishing its own new norm. That takes time and patience. More than one part of your system was effected through the illness, and all your organs need to readjust, and rethink how they work together. Time and age are the factors here, and the extent of the damage, often unseen.

Be patient, eat well and wisely, and rest when you can. Drink lots of fluid, water being the best choice, to help flush your system and hydrate you.
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