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[QUOTE=anah;2567572]Hi, just found this thread and am wondering if I REALLY had to have the blood transfusion I had 2 years hemoglobin was 7, the morning my doctors office got my test results and called me to tell me to go to the hospital (and have someone else drive me) I had already driven my 8 yr. old daughter to school, had to pull off the road on the way home because i was disoriented and dizzy, thought I was going to faint................

I called my husband and he came home and drove me to the hospital, my doctor told me I HAD to have 2 units of blood because my hemoglobin was so low he was afraid of heart problems........I had been having very irregular heart beats for several days.............I wasn't comfortable recieving blood but he didn't mention another alternative.......Why do your doctors prefer IV iron over transfusion? Because of the risk of infection from blood.....????
Doctor's like iron infusions due to the neccesary concentrated iron which our bodies need. I am presently doing infusions. My hematologist told me there wasn't any side effects to mention. He was wrong. There are two kinds of iron infusion one is sucralose based which has a higher tolerance in patients. The other is dextran which has a higher chance of major allergy reactions and side effects.

I'm getting the sucrose based iron infusion. I got fever, hot flashes. extreme fatigue, back-joint and arm pain. The nurses tell me that it's highly unlikely from the infusions. But I beg to differ. I've done some internet research only to have my symptoms validated. The only difference is that the next day the fatigue is not as bad as the day of infusion. My infusions last 4-5 hours per treatment. I go twice a week. I had to stop working because I couldn't function at all and became a danger to my clients.

I am a PCW and I don't get treated any different from any one else. Keep asking questions and do your own research. Go to webmd for research purpose (there's a list of all possible side effects listed).

I've been suffering from anemia since childhood. Now it's gotten to the point that the doctors couldn't ignore.

Good luck.
I'm sorry that you are not feeling well. I am not a Dr. and have not had experience with infusion but I am anemic. Whenever you have any symptoms as you described you need to notify your Doc. that gave you the infusion to let them know that you are having a reaction. Im sure that it will go away but to be safe it should be reported. Maybe thay can give you something for it.

I had SX for heavy periods the Endometrial Ablation, afterwards I had an extreme bout of Tachycardia for at least 12 hours after they gave me all those meds. It did go away but was not fun feeling it. I was in too much pain to even call the Doc. I already had this to a degree before SX from the anemia. FLFLOWERGIRL

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