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Re: Iron level-8.3
Sep 12, 2006
I have had a similiar experience. I had a test in May and my reading was 12.9, but by July I had a reading of 8.3 too. So it can change in 2 months, but mine was due to heavy menstral bleeding due to a hormone problem. I have some of the same symptoms you have, also the swollen eyelids that have come and gone for the past three months. My husband who is a nurse says it may be due to the capillaries being fragile from the anemia and I tend to rub my eyes a lot.My doctor said I almost needed a transfusion. I take slow Fe once a day, and in a 6 weeks my latest reading was 9.9, so it is going up. I also had severe headaches and some days incredible fatigue. Hang in there and talk to your doctor about some iron.
Re: Iron level-8.3
Sep 12, 2006
thank you for ur reply, so you nearly needed a transfusion because of the 8.3? i hope not thats scarin me now. im gona go c my doctor this week but he will wana check it again which means waitin another week for results :(
Re: Iron level-8.3
Sep 12, 2006
Hi, new here and reading posts about anemia...........I have an ongoing struggle with anemia as I have very heavy periods, and right now I'm being tested for low thyroid (anemia is a symptom of low thyroid, but low thyroid can also be a symptom of anemia.....though we have heavy periods, our bodies may not be able to replace the red blood cells adequately because low thyroid can hinder the stimulation of red blood cell developement in the bone marrow.........).

I did have a blood transfusion 2 yrs. ago, my hemoglobin was 7.1.........I was feeling disoriented, dizzy, lightheaded.........very scary. My doc called when they got the lab results in and instructions were "go to the hospital immediately IF someone else can drive you, do not drive yourself, and the doctor will be waiting for you -- you HAVE to have blood transfusion". Seems most docs want to give a blood transfusion if you are under 8.

Perhaps I did HAVE to have one (they were worried about how the low level would affect my heart, although I really don't have a "heart condition". I wouldn't wish it on anyone, plus they gave me a colonoscopy and endoscopy while I was there to check for bleeding, and I also had a DNC to thin the endometrial lining of my uterus so I would have lighter periods.........this helped for maybe 6 months, but that was it). Since then, I have read several places that "erythropaetin" helps the body make its own red blood cells and reduces the need for a blood transfusion. Since my hemoglobin general is between 11 and 14, I'm going to talk to my doctor and see if I can take that to boost my red blood cell production and possibly then I can be up to or over 15, and hopefully feel better.

Tuff2btired
Re: Iron level-8.3
Sep 13, 2006
Don't be too scared, I am sure that he just meant that if mine had been much below 8. he would have thought about a transfusion. I went to my family doctor recently and she wanted to do a colonoscopy but I am going to wait until my next blood test in October to see if my level is continuing to rise like it has to make that decision. I know what caused my low hemoglobin, heavy menstral bleeding that I needed a DNC, and had hyperplasia of the uterus with atypical cells. The atypical cells are gone now, bit I need another biopsy in Nov. I don't understand why my family doctor wanted me to have a colonoscopy, when my gyno didn't suggest it. I would understand it if I didn't know what caused my bleeding. So I am waiting it out for the next CBC and Iron checks. If it hasn't risen then I will have the test. I needed a break this summer was a blur and an ordeal, and if i get the atypical cells back I will probably have to have a hysterectomy yet.
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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