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[QUOTE=chickiepoomama]Has anyone here had an iron infusion? Did it help you? How low was your iron to start? Where did it end up?
I'm scheduling my appointment for an iron infusion today.
Thanks.[/QUOTE]I had an iron infusion IV over 8 hours time. I was given the test dose and started to have chest pains and so they waited an hour and we started again at a slower rate. My ferritin level was less than 4 and my iron count was at 3 when it was given. My hemoglobin was at 6. The infusion pushed the Hemoglobin to 9 and the doctor said that he was going to be satisfied with that since the chest pain was not a good thing. Overtime my body began to be able to make enough blood on its own. I finally went through menopause the next year and I am now still having low iron stores that remain at 4(ferritin) but the hemoglobin is hanging out at 12 so that is a sign that I am taking in enough iron to maintain, and I will be ok unless I spring another leak some place.The week following the infusion, I had flu symptoms, a fever of 100-101. The doctor said not to worry about it and take tylenol for any cramping. He said that if the temperature went above 101.0 to go to the emergency room. I was fine. I got a nice one week vacation from work and my hubby treated me like a queen for about 3 days.( he always treats me nice). I have a lot of fatigue from pernicious anemia but I am hanging in there . I have a firm belief of my own that the human body can compensate if left alone and not over treated by human hands. I think in my case I am correct. I have not had another iron infusion and do not plan to have one unless I sustain another immediate loss of blood. I think I can teach my body to be normal on what it gets.This is not something I recommend to everyone. I am just a control freak.





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