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[QUOTE=Joycb]After the standard GI testing to determine if I'm bleeding internally that would account for my anemia (I'm not), I was sent to a hematologist. My hemoglobin has been vacillating between 8.5 and 9.6. Today it was 9.6. My MCV is 22. The doctor wants me to have intravenous iron. I've never heard of it. He says there is a 1 in 1000 chance I could have an allergic reaction and go into anaphlyatic (sp?) shock (someone died from this treatment last year). Is the risk worth it? I'm scared and don't know what to do. It's scheduled for next Monday. I'm 41 and I have lived with anemia most of my life. My symptoms are more pronounced now - craving ice chips, dizziness and I have a splt on the side of my mouth. But that is all that has changed. If I don't get this treatment, can I live with anemia the rest of my life? Can anyone help? Thanks.[/QUOTE]
All I can tell you for sure is that I have had intravenous iron and that it is a life saver for me. The doctors were very careful to monitor me and the moment I felt uncomfortable I told them and they stopped the infusion and placed a buffer in it and then started the drip more slowly. it took about six hours for the whole thing due to how slowly they had to run the IV. But, after it took effect I felt a lot more energy. There are always risks with medical therapies and you do have to make an educated decision. But, just find out in advance what they plan to do to treat you if you do have an adverse reaction. Hopefully you will be fine.

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