For a person suffering from Anemia because of iron deficiency, my mom thinks the reason my numbers barely improved in 8 months on iron pills was that I kept repeatedly getting blood tests throughout that time. Checking my iron, thyroid, CBC, Vit D, you-name-it. Didn’t keep track of how many vials of blood was drawn during that time but it seemed like every month I went to get tested for something or other, sometimes multiple vials.
My question is, for us iron deficient people, do you think getting blood drawn on a regular basis is enough to halt our progress? I know the medical professionals always say it’s a negligible amount and it doesn’t matter. They say the same thing about our menstrual cycles too, but we can all attest that we feel worse at that time of the month! For a normal person it may not make a difference, but for someone who’s already low, it makes sense that it might be hindering us. I just wanted to hear your thoughts. Wondering if this could be part of the puzzle for why iron pills aren’t working.