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Re: Iron level-8.3
Sep 13, 2006
I had blood tests last week where my Hct came back 24.1 and my Hgb is 7. My primary care doctor called me back right away and I saw a hematologist for the first time yesterday. My report says that I have 0 iron stores! Last summer I had a full GI workup with the endoscopy and a colonoscopy on the same day. Anyone that needs them should just go and have them. Trust me,if you have a good doctor doing the procedures you won't even know you had them done. Anyway,my endoscopy showed esophagitis and the colonoscopy showed just 1 small polyp that they removed then. Nobody at all seemed worried so I wasn't either. I went for a routine check-up last March and had blood drawn and my Hct was 28 with Hgb 7.7. They sent the report in the mail and said to take oral iron which I have been. Anyway,yesterday the hematologist wouldn't even let me leave the hospital. They gave me a dose of IV iron and I have to go every Tuesday for the next 10 weeks and have a bag of IV iron. When I asked the nurses if that would be it they told me it will depend on my response to the IV. She couldn't believe I was even walking around and said,"it's amazing how the body can compensate."The hematologist seems to think that my iron deficiency is caused from an absorption problem because of the esophagitis and a few heavy periods. He said that you can lose small amounts of blood with esophagitis over a long time and not even be aware of it. Anyway,if you're not feeling well and you're very anemic,definitely ask to be seen by a hematologist. Right away they know which blood tests to order and how to treat you correctly. Good Luck!
Re: Iron level-8.3
Sep 14, 2006
Emmy- Go and see the hematologist. If anything they will order more tests than the OB/GYN and PCP's do and they take it more seriously. I see that you live in GA. I don't know how far you are from Emory but it is supposed to be a very good hospital and maybe you can see someone there. Anyway,the dr. told me it will take at least 8 weeks of IV to get my iron stores built up and to start feeling better. The IV iron really wasn't bad at all. Some of them have alot of bad reactions but they gave me one that doesn't. I hope it works! Thanks for asking! I can't take birth control because I ahve high blood pressure. I do have a good friend who uses the progesterone cream for hot flashes that she's getting and she loves it(not for her periods though). Grandkids- I had to have the big GI work-up too. That's where they begin and then they have you go to OB/GYN. You should see if you can find a hematologist that will work with you. If you had a Hgb of 5 I don't know how you could even walk! Mine was 7 and they wouldn't let me leave the hospital! They asked me if my PCP had me have a blood transfusion! Anyway,my hematologist said that having the Hgb that low can lead to heart failure because being that anemic will tax your heart too much. You're the same age as me-way too young to have heart problems. Wait and see if the absorption tests show any problems. If not,ask him what the next step will be in order to keep the Hgb from getting that low again.If he can't tell you then I would see someone else. Unfortunately,medicine is big business like anything else. I'm a nurse and know that they do not take that at all personally. Go to see someone else if you don't feel like he's doing what he can do for you. Good Luck! :)
Re: Iron level-8.3
Sep 16, 2006
I think you must have meant your HGB levels being 8.3, because there's also "iron" levels too.

MY Iron level is 20 (norm is 50-300) so I'm on Iron Sulfate 220mg *liquid* TID (3x a day)


MY HGB level was 8.1--low levels of iron can cause your HGB to be low.

Yes, you guys are right...norm is 12-14 for Hemoglobin (HGB) and the general rule is if your HGB levels are in the 6's (6.9 or less) it is an "AUTOMATIC" mandatory level for Transfusion.
Now, there are certain people that has to have transfusion with a HGB 8 or less, generally due to their health status-- usually those who have heart problems, kidney/liver failures, Cystic Fibrosis etc... (people with serioius health condition) they are generally considered "people at risk" and those are the ones that get Transfusions 8 or less.
But the general population doesn't fall into those catagory, so the rule of thumb is "In the 6's, must get PICC'ed" (some stupid nurse likes to rhyme & she said that to me while placing a PICC line just prior to being transfused). Before you get confused, not all transfusions are through PICC, theres IVC (central line IV), and regular IV on hand/arm etc...

hoped that cleared some things up.

jen
Re: Iron level-8.3
Sep 6, 2007
[QUOTE=moviestr_20;2560801]I think you must have meant your HGB levels being 8.3, because there's also "iron" levels too.

MY Iron level is 20 (norm is 50-300) so I'm on Iron Sulfate 220mg *liquid* TID (3x a day)


MY HGB level was 8.1--low levels of iron can cause your HGB to be low.

Yes, you guys are right...norm is 12-14 for Hemoglobin (HGB) and the general rule is if your HGB levels are in the 6's (6.9 or less) it is an "AUTOMATIC" mandatory level for Transfusion.
Now, there are certain people that has to have transfusion with a HGB 8 or less, generally due to their health status-- usually those who have heart problems, kidney/liver failures, Cystic Fibrosis etc... (people with serioius health condition) they are generally considered "people at risk" and those are the ones that get Transfusions 8 or less.
But the general population doesn't fall into those catagory, so the rule of thumb is "In the 6's, must get PICC'ed" (some stupid nurse likes to rhyme & she said that to me while placing a PICC line just prior to being transfused). Before you get confused, not all transfusions are through PICC, theres IVC (central line IV), and regular IV on hand/arm etc...

hoped that cleared some things up.

jen[/QUOTE]
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