Reply to "Anemia common/serious with Jpouch?"

Thank you all so much for your replies! They're really helping me to parse everything in my head.

I had blood tests done at an urgent care last night. My hemoglobin and hematocrit--for the first time since 2011--were Normal! So, either it's a coincidence, or my single week of Now 36mg Iron has helped. No ferritin test was done, so no idea if my iron-deficiency anemia is still around. My symptoms are, though. My BP was also borderline Normal.

The urgent care doc did mention that "low blood volume" can cause these symptoms. Definitely related to dehydration, but not solely. I researched, and it just confirmed what I've thought: that I likely suffer from orthoststic hypotension. I'm currently trying to find a GP or cardiologist who will do a tilt table test, etc, and also help me to manage it. Lots of info online/YouTube with leg strengthening exercises, movements to offset the sudden drop in BP, etc.

I definitely intend to continue experimenting with salt and potassium, particularly by saving money with home-produced electrolyte drinks. If anyone knows of any good safe recipes, please let me know. I've read a lot about potassium, but am particularly cautious to not "overdose" on it. If I wasn't concerned about keeping my resting BP safe, I'd just eat a ton of salt, because I love its taste. I'd eat tons of bananas for potassium, if they didn't cause me such constipation ;{

Thank you all so much, too, for sharing your stories! I welcome any other advice, anecdotal or otherwise.

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