If you think you might have anemia but are not sure here are a few guidelines to follow so that you can pinpoint what you have.
The most obvious recommendation I would and should give is to go to the doctor to find out if you have anemia. They will do a red blood cell count and determine quickly if you are suffering from low energy as a result of low red blood cells or another source problem.
Other signs to look out for:
Looking Pale or more pale than usual
Felling listless or dull
Consistent nagging Fatigue
Constantly chewing on ice?
Hair falling out?
Always being cold?
Shortness of breath
Palpitations (feeling of the heart racing or beating irregularly)
A weird feeling of wanting to eat ice?
As you may know anemia already anemia is a disease of the blood.
The lack of Iron or decreased oxygen carrying capacity of your blood is causing some or all of the symptoms above.
However if you have some of these symptoms it does not mean that you have anemia. The only sure way to know is to go to your local doctor.
If you have had a history of internal bleeding or hemorrhoids then this could be the cause.
A black or darker stool can often be a tell tale sign of internal bleeding leading to your anemia.
If you work will or in a factory close to heavy metals this may be the reason for your anemia.
If you have had chemotherapy in the past it is very likely that this is the cause of your anemia.