When having blood work done, it’s important to pay attention to certain mineral and vitamin levels. For example, a lack of iron or of vitamin D can leave you feeling exhausted, yet both conditions are easy to treat with supplements.
If you are experiencing a flare-up, monitoring your iron levels to check for anemia is incredibly important. I became anemic a few times due to blood loss. I felt so weak that I couldn’t stand for even short periods of time, and I couldn’t think properly. I couldn’t focus on school work, I was very pale, and I felt like I was exerting a lot of energy just by doing the simplest activities. When I found out I was anemic, I was relieved because it has an easy cure. My doctor immediately gave me iron tablets. My red blood cell count increased, and I stopped feeling weak. It became much easier for me to go about my day.
Also, pay attention to your vitamin levels. I lacked vitamin D due to UC. It caused me to feel tired, and I couldn’t concentrate properly. Again, it was very simple to increase my vitamin D levels. I was given tablets, and my condition greatly improved.
These are only two things to look for on your blood test results—I recommend looking into all mineral and vitamin levels to make sure your IBD isn’t negatively affecting you when you’re not having a flare-up. Also, ask your doctor if anything is cause for concern. Finally, if you feel tired or ill, have a blood test to find out if anything is seriously wrong.
Click these links to learn more about the importance of vitamin D and how a deficiency may lead to relapse in UC patients, and about iron and anemia in UC patients.