A 20-year-old female asked:
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why do i feel sleepy even on days i do not do anything? i was told i am anemic, so i am taking iron pills. what else could this be?

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Dr. Andris Radvany
24 years experience Internal Medicine
Lots of things: How anemic are you? It might take a while for your body to recover. Especially if you are chronically anemic from heavy periods. Screen for hypo thyroidism by checking a tsh. Hows your sleep, do you get 8 good hours a night? Having good sleep hygiene to rest goes a long ways toward good health. You may be in a cycle of using caffiene to be awake then not being able to sleep from the caffein.
Answered on May 12, 2016
Dr. Ipe Kalathoor
16 years experience Internal Medicine
Sleepiness : There many other reasons . Anemia is definitely one of them.Some other causes are sleep apnea , thyroid disorders. Could be very likely from anemia in you because you currently have anemia.
Answered on Nov 27, 2017
Dr. Peter Wiggin
35 years experience Wound care
Anemia: When a patient is "told" simple answers to their symptoms and easy solutions don't seem to be the answer, then additional "differential" diagnosis should be considered . Everything from complex medical conditions to something as "simple" as depression can cause "tiredness". I would recommend a more comprehensive evaluation by a trusted physician.
Answered on May 12, 2016
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Dr. Marsha Davis
27 years experience Internal Medicine
Sleep apnea
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