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Re: Iron Infusions
Aug 8, 2005
[B]Have you had a recent CBC (complete blood count)??[/B] You are anemic and need to find the cause. Even being one point too low can make you feel like @#[email protected], I know, believe me.

A recent CBC showed that my hemoglobin level was about 9 (LOW!) and my kidneys weren't functioning properly. I've always had a heavy period so I figured it was iron deficiency, but it was kidney failure causing my anemia. I am on iron transfusions and other medications, and feel a zillion times better after just a few weeks. I also needed a blood transfusion of 2 units. My hemo is now about 11.8 and climbing. The doc wants to see it reach 12.5.

Get a CBC and find out WHY you're anemic. They should check iron, kidney, thyroid, cholesterol and a few other things. Hidden bleeding can cause anemia too, such as ulcers or rectal bleeding.

BTW, oral iron didn't do anything for me, and I took it for three months, a really good brand w/ vitamin C and B to help absorb the iron. I think it's possible to feel better right after an infusion. I notice that my cheeks get pinker right afterward. After all, it's going straight into your bloodstream!!! You need a second opinion, my friend.
Re: Iron Infusions
Mar 28, 2008
I have had iron deficiency for years...I am a redhead maybe that has something to do with it. I have been on iron supplements for 5 years now and Repliva for one. My ferritin will not get above 11-13. I have started iron infusions and they only take 20 minutes and then a 10 minute wash. It is called Venifer. I think you may actually be getting a blood transfusion with iron in it..I've heard of this. I would double check with your physician. I go to the hospital once/wk for a six week period. The only side effects are nausea and diahhrea and unusual taste in mouth. I started losing my hair (about 1/2 gone) and my nails are bad..I also get mouth sores due to anemia. He thinks my blood loss due to perimenopause is the cause and that my body isn't absorbing the iron any more for whatever reason...hope this helps: Di
Re: Iron Infusions
Mar 28, 2008
To the original poster: Your numbers don't actually look like you're anemic right now. I would check with your doctor, but usually over 12 is considered "normal" for women. If you're at 12.9, I would assume the dr won't give you an iron transfusion because he doesn't want to risk iron overload (this can be fatal).

The reason the doctors are saying it's not possible to feel better immediately is that it take time for the iron to have an effect through the production of new RBCs. They live for 120 days, so the older, low hemoglobin ones take a while to be replaced by newer healthier ones.

If your doctors think you're not absorbing iron, you should be checked for celiac disease. This can also cause depletion of other nutrients (I found out my lower back pain was because I was low on Vitamin D, too.) Have they checked you for other malabsorbtion problems? (Crohns, celiac, etc?)

Finally, it's not the MCV that indicates iron stores (MCV is "mean corpuscule volume" or the average size of your RBCs) but ferritin. Ferritin is what they use to measure the iron stores in your body. I'm amazed everyone is getting transfusions for this. My ferritin was 1 for several months and they just kept me on oral iron therapy. It's very slowly helping, though.

Hope this helps clarify a few things. :)


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