General Symptoms of Anemia:
- Extreme fatigue
- Pale skin
- Shortness of breath
- Cold hands and feet
Specific Symptoms of Iron Deficiency Anemia:
- Inflammation or soreness of your tongue
- Brittle nails
- Unusual cravings for non-nutritive substances, such as ice, dirt or pure starch
- Poor appetite
- Some people with iron deficiency anemia experience restless legs syndrome— an uncomfortable tingling or crawling feeling in your legs that’s generally relieved by moving them
I suffered from just about every symptom listed in the general category. The fatigue was extreme. I was ALWAYS tired and weak. Walking up just a few steps caused me to become completely winded. EVERY time I stood up, my heart would beat out of my chest and I would feel faint. I was also dealing with a loss in concentration which, for me, was torture. Specifically, headaches were a big problem. Didn’t really suffer from too many before this so I noticed the increase. Also had a weird tingling sensation in my legs that I originally attributed to my fibroids. I now believe I was experiencing restless leg syndrome.
If you have a problem with blood loss and notice these symptoms, seek medical assistance. My anemia forced me to “crawl” in for help. Please don’t wait for your situation to get to that point.