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Lymetoo
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Just an FYI for those with anemia....

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000565.htm


"Causes
Anemia is a lower-than-normal number of red blood cells in the blood. Certain chronic infections, inflammatory diseases, and other illnesses can affect the body's ability to produce red blood cells."

"Conditions that can lead to anemia of chronic disease include:

Autoimmune disorders, such as Crohn's disease, systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, and ulcerative colitis
Cancer, including lymphoma and Hodgkin's disease
Chronic kidney disease
Liver cirrhosis
Long-term infections, such as bacterial endocarditis, osteomyelitis (bone infection), HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B or hepatitis C"

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GretaM
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Had anemia since birth.

Makes me upset that it was a big deal before menarch, and then from menarch onwards, the general GP kept telling me it was because of menstruation.

The average GP just doesn't believe I take 70mg of ELEMENTAL iron daily. (600 mg ferrous gluconate).

Why don't these docs open their minds? How long does it take for a gp to shutdown their brains and just go through the motions?

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Keebler
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Greta,

Babesia can cause anemia, too. As can other chronic infections, noted in TuTu's post (and others they don't mention, too.) Be sure your LLMD knows about this.

Stinging Nettle helped me get past severe anemia (though does not address infection, it's support). Not at my owm com,puter w/ ergonomic featres and ca'mt use this keybd for long so can't offer detail - but some good info here:


http://flash.lymenet.org/scripts/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=3;t=031228;p=0

STINGING NETTLE LEAF (not root) - Links set

The herb, STINGING NETTLE may serve to compensate for the reaction by calming the the cytokine storm that is often part of a herx reaction.
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Catgirl
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They are trained to believe patients make stuff up or lie. That's why the allopathic docs don't think any of us have chronic lyme.

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GretaM
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And I just read yesterday that long term use of iron supplements increases the risk for colon cancer.

What is long term I wonder?

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Razzle
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Long term = anything greater than 3 months.

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Lyme IgM IGeneX Pos. 18+++, 23-25+, 30++, 31+, 34++, 39 IND, 83-93 IND; IgG IGeneX Neg. 30+, 39 IND; Mayo/CDC Pos. IgM 23+, 39+; IgG Mayo/CDC Neg. band 41+; Bart. (clinical dx; Fry Labs neg. for all coinfections), sx >30 yrs.

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