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Hi everyone,

In January I was diagnosed with Iron-deficiency anemia. My ferritin level was 11.6 and my saturation was 10%. These levels were both low so my internist put me on Ferrex 150 daily. I just got re-tested and my Ferritin dropped down to 4! I guess my hemoglobin levels are normal. My Dr. wants me to get several blood transfusions, but I'm so nervous about it! I was wondering if for those of you that have experienced it, what exactly was your experience and did it help? I'm also upping my Ferrex to twice daily also. My dr. also said that there are several different types of iron transfusions you can get and she wanted to choose the best one. I would appreciate any advice. Thanks!!

Kecia
[QUOTE=alwayshotroddin;2897808]Hi everyone,

In January I was diagnosed with Iron-deficiency anemia. My ferritin level was 11.6 and my saturation was 10%. These levels were both low so my internist put me on Ferrex 150 daily. I just got re-tested and my Ferritin dropped down to 4! I guess my hemoglobin levels are normal. My Dr. wants me to get several blood transfusions,

Kecia[/QUOTE]

The ferritin level is not really an issue if you are not bleeding out. If you are bleeding out, you need to be sure why. Transfusions of iron replacement in any form is dangerous. If you are bleeding from menstrual situation, that can be stopped with hormones. If you are bleeding from gastrointestinal site, that needs to be stopped too. The ferritin is the amount of stored iron in the body that the body draws on to make blood, but can be absorbed from the daily food intake if necessary. Iron transfusions can cause iron to build up in the organs, around the liver, and around the kidneys, that isn't even counting the fact some people go into a type of shock from the iron infusion itself. Ask all the questions you can from your doctor before taking this transfusion. Get a second or third opinion if the doctor is being a little hesitant about your questions. Doctors in the US are trained to give instant answers to patients who want instant cures and if you want the best treatment you have to make sure your doctor understands that you are not going for the quick fix.





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