Iron and Potassium Deficiency
I was diagnosed with Crohn's about 6 months ago. My GP just told me that I have anemia and a potassium deficiency. She put me on a potassium supplement. She recommended that I take iron supplements, but I taking adult multi-vitamins causes me to have bad, crampy pain. I've been told that iron is difficult to digest. I asked a pharmacist today and she recommended trying Iron EF (iron that's supposed be gentle on your stomach). The ingredients say that it has lactose and I seem to get diarrhea with dairy products. It seems like I can eat red meat (98% lean) and a couple other foods with iron, but I'm still tired all the time, so I'm not sure if I'm absorbing it. Does anyone have any suggestions?
My GP also referred me to a nutritionist, but my insurance doesn't cover it. It costs $150 for the first visit and $50 for supplemental visits. Has anyone gotten a lot of help from a nutritionist? Do you think it's worth paying this much?