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Re: Iron level-8.3
Sep 12, 2006
I have had a similiar experience. I had a test in May and my reading was 12.9, but by July I had a reading of 8.3 too. So it can change in 2 months, but mine was due to heavy menstral bleeding due to a hormone problem. I have some of the same symptoms you have, also the swollen eyelids that have come and gone for the past three months. My husband who is a nurse says it may be due to the capillaries being fragile from the anemia and I tend to rub my eyes a lot.My doctor said I almost needed a transfusion. I take slow Fe once a day, and in a 6 weeks my latest reading was 9.9, so it is going up. I also had severe headaches and some days incredible fatigue. Hang in there and talk to your doctor about some iron.
Re: Iron level-8.3
Sep 12, 2006
My hemoglobin was 7.9, my doctor a GYNO didn't seem to think I need a blood transfusion, thank God! I am going to see about a colonoscopy Sept.23..and re-test my hemo in 2 weeks! I wonder if I should be going to a Hematoligist?? My anemia is severe!

emmy
Re: Iron level-8.3
Sep 12, 2006
Emmy,
My GP sent me to a hematologist when my hemoglobin dropped from 11.9 to 8 in a couple of weeks. I'd think you'd need to see a a hematologist with a count that low- there may be something going on that's easy to fix that only a hematologist would recognize by seeing your results.

I felt awful at 8 - I couldn't function. How are you coping?

I hope you get answers soon,
Jill
Re: Iron level-8.3
Sep 13, 2006
Knitting Girl,
It's interesting that you mentioned walking. I've been low on hemoglobin, but at my last count a month ago, it had come up to 11.9. I just now started walking again and running a tiny bit, but my limbs feel like bricks after exercising. I went to have a count done yesterday because I've been so pale. I just hope I didn't make things worse by exercising, but I've also read that your body adjusts to a lower hemoglobin after while - I just don't know how long that takes.

Jill
Re: Iron level-8.3
Sep 16, 2006
I think you must have meant your HGB levels being 8.3, because there's also "iron" levels too.

MY Iron level is 20 (norm is 50-300) so I'm on Iron Sulfate 220mg *liquid* TID (3x a day)


MY HGB level was 8.1--low levels of iron can cause your HGB to be low.

Yes, you guys are right...norm is 12-14 for Hemoglobin (HGB) and the general rule is if your HGB levels are in the 6's (6.9 or less) it is an "AUTOMATIC" mandatory level for Transfusion.
Now, there are certain people that has to have transfusion with a HGB 8 or less, generally due to their health status-- usually those who have heart problems, kidney/liver failures, Cystic Fibrosis etc... (people with serioius health condition) they are generally considered "people at risk" and those are the ones that get Transfusions 8 or less.
But the general population doesn't fall into those catagory, so the rule of thumb is "In the 6's, must get PICC'ed" (some stupid nurse likes to rhyme & she said that to me while placing a PICC line just prior to being transfused). Before you get confused, not all transfusions are through PICC, theres IVC (central line IV), and regular IV on hand/arm etc...

hoped that cleared some things up.

jen
Re: Iron level-8.3
Sep 6, 2007
[QUOTE=moviestr_20;2560801]I think you must have meant your HGB levels being 8.3, because there's also "iron" levels too.

MY Iron level is 20 (norm is 50-300) so I'm on Iron Sulfate 220mg *liquid* TID (3x a day)


MY HGB level was 8.1--low levels of iron can cause your HGB to be low.

Yes, you guys are right...norm is 12-14 for Hemoglobin (HGB) and the general rule is if your HGB levels are in the 6's (6.9 or less) it is an "AUTOMATIC" mandatory level for Transfusion.
Now, there are certain people that has to have transfusion with a HGB 8 or less, generally due to their health status-- usually those who have heart problems, kidney/liver failures, Cystic Fibrosis etc... (people with serioius health condition) they are generally considered "people at risk" and those are the ones that get Transfusions 8 or less.
But the general population doesn't fall into those catagory, so the rule of thumb is "In the 6's, must get PICC'ed" (some stupid nurse likes to rhyme & she said that to me while placing a PICC line just prior to being transfused). Before you get confused, not all transfusions are through PICC, theres IVC (central line IV), and regular IV on hand/arm etc...

hoped that cleared some things up.

jen[/QUOTE]
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