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hi, i also have rls....i just finished an iron transfusion....my neurologist and hematologist said having low iron will increase rls......but getting iron up will not rid rls...but will lessen the severity of symptoms....iron increase will not cure rls.....i didn't have the iron transfusion for this reason...my levels were seriously low...too low for oral to work......but having the transfusion will help with symptoms from rls/myofascia.......good luck
ok, i've always..or at least for 7-8 yrs had a low ferritin level..10-13 varying throughout the yrs...then this summer i saw a new neurologist..when i mentioned to him my levels of ferritin were low he perked right up...he ordered another one and it came back at 13...he sent me to a hematologist who drew another level plus the normal cbc ...this was 2 1/1 months after my neuro visit...in three months my ferritin went from 13 to 5....my hgb was 11 and my hct was 36.....now most docs might look at only the hgb and hct ..saying they're ok and not worry about me...this has been done in past yrs so it's no wonder i've felt like crap and had a multitude of strange symptoms.......my hematologist said the hgb and hct levels are not enough to show iron depletion..which is what i have...no stores...reb blood cells are pratically empty....he said my periods would get lighter because i have no extra blood to come out....he said the only thing to do now was an iron transfusion......i didn't want this due to the possible anaphylatic reaction.....i begged to go on oral iron..but he said it takes a very long time..months and months to get any amt of improvement in my levels.....even with iv iron it will take 6weeks......then more transfusions as needed......every 6weeks to 3 months.......i'm glad i had the transfusion and will certainly have as many as needed.....iron anemia is not to be sneezed at.....i've found out how seriously ill one can become...blood transfusions do become necessary for some.....we need iron to get the oxygen to our cells..organs etc......i think iron anemia has kind of been a non-serious blood disorder..because most docs think any women who is still having a period will be somewhat anemic and not too worrisome...they're wrong..i've found out it's very serious and chnages our lives..too tired to be a functional family member ect....not to mention the disasterous effects on our health it can take/will take...........and i'm a former registered nurse....even then i didn't consider iron anemia too serious.....boy...was i ignorant......hope this helps





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