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Your best option is to eat as many iron rich foods as you can and pair them up with Vitamin C--this is of course assuming you have no issues with absorption. There are a lot of different forms of iron but your Dr. will have to help guide you thru those. I get IV iron and have had reactions to that. The first one used caused a severe reaction and had to be stopped immediately and additional drugs were injected to help me recover. The second drug so far has caused milder reactions that have not been life threatening. Benedryl and Solu-Medrol are also placed in the IV to prevent my body from reacting to the iron. Even with the IV iron replacements my ferritin level rarely reaches above a 5 (usually measuring a 3 or 4.) This only becomes a real problem when I become anemic as a result. :yawn:
Hi Marimac,
I don't quite understand what you mean when you say you spent about 14 hours of admission on discharge. I was also wondering if you had any reaction to the iv. Were you only admitted once or was that everytime you went? Thanks for responding.
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[QUOTE=backwards]Hi Marimac,
I don't quite understand what you mean when you say you spent about 14 hours of admission on discharge. I was also wondering if you had any reaction to the iv. Were you only admitted once or was that everytime you went? Thanks for responding.
~Backwards~[/QUOTE]The other poster is correct. There were some issues. My Hemaglobin was so low that they were considering blood transfusion as well. I did have an initial reaction to the infusion of chest pain. They stopped the IV and when the chest pain subsided they began again. My oxygen levels at point were around 84 and there was concern about that as well. However, when they started the infusion again more slowly, I was able to tolerate it and the actual infusion occurred after the second start over a 6 hour period of time. Since that time, I have had a close call with having to have another infusion. Since that time, I have entered menopause and no longer lose vast amounts of blood on a monthly basis. My ferritin remains low at around 4 and my hemoglobin remains around 12. (The doctors are ok with this as long as I don't cut myself shaving) Since the infusions are rough on me and I am getting to the age where if I get excess iron it could lead to diabetes etc. We are just going to take it one step at a time. I get blood work ups every 4 months to check.





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