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[SIZE="3"][COLOR="Blue"][FONT="Comic Sans MS"]Hey guys,

I am new here but so glad I found this board!!! I have already read much useful info already tonight. I have a few questions and wondered if anyone is in my similar situation.

I am a 36 year old female who had gastric bypass surgery in October 2003. So I am about 3.5 years post op. I have been having trouble with my Iron and Hemoglobin being too low for about a year and a half (also my b12 but that is another story). My doc said enough is enough...and sent me to a Hematologist after trying me on supplements with no results. I went today for my first consult. OK so my Iron Levels are like this:

Iron 15
Hemoglobin 9.4
Ferritin 2.7

Now he is really really concerned about my ferritin. He wants to start me on Iron Infusions right away. He says I might only need to have two of them. He wants my Ferritin to be at least 100 as he said that is about where I will start feeling better. He is using some type of Iron that starts with an "I" (does anyone know what this might be called) and he said it is much faster than most of the types and he can get my levels up in two infusions in what most irons would take in 8-10 sessions. He mentioned I might get a lot of bone pain the first few days. This made me worried? I mean how painful is it?

I just want to feel better. I am so tired all the time. I need two naps a day.... and I get 8-9 hours of sleep a night and I just can't take it anymore. It is causing problems in my marriage cause I don't want to do anything but sleep. My husband is trying to be understanding. I also chew so much ice it is driving my family nuts. I literally chew 6-8 pounds of ice daily. Will this craving stop when my levels return to normal?

OK anyone that can offer in-site please respond back. Thanks so much.[/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE]
[QUOTE=sparkles916;2938106]Ritah: I am not a post op person, but just a low ferritin person. I wondered if it was only your ferritin that was 12, or if you had any other problems that promted your dr to take action.

My ferritin is 18 . I am fatigued, dizzy and can hardly exercise anymore.
I went to a hematologist who basically made me feel ridiciulous for coming, since I an not clinically "anemic"
Thankx:)[/QUOTE]
[FONT="Comic Sans MS"][B]I had a difficult time getting proper treatment, because my other iron numbers looked normal except for the ferritin. One doctor even told me I was so tired because I must be depressed or stressed. I finally demanded to be referred to a specialist. (hematologist)
My Hematologist says that I am not "anemic". She treats my low ferritin with I.V. Iron Infusions. My only problem was low ferritin before my first two infusions, and the terrible symptoms. The last time my ferritin was at 17. My symptoms were fatigue, dizziness and shortness of breath. She said that we will try and keep my ferritin above 50.
I have read that even in non gastric bypass people, once the ferritin is so low it is difficult to bring it up with pills. It sounds like you need to seek another doctor's opinion.
I became frightened the last time when I had shortness of breath. I usually do an hour of cardio a day, when my ferritin is low I really have a difficult time getting my exercise in. I did 30 minutes today and napped for three hours!
I'm having an infusion next Friday. I really need it. Just got back from Hawaii and I am sooo pale and tired. This time my iron serum and saturation is low and my ferritin is at 125.
HTH
Rita[/B][/FONT]





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