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Well, like the person above me said, they already know the cause of your anemia, which is a very good thing. Now that they know why you're anemic they can start raising your levels and getting you back to feeling healthy!

My guess is that your doctor has put you on oral iron because they have fixed the source of your bleeding and your levels should be rising with the oral iron. However, in my opinion, I would ask to see a hemotologist to get IV iron.... that will raise your levels MUCH faster than the oral iron. And being at an 8, well that just doesn't feel good at all. The lowest my hemoglobin got was 7.4 and that was just awful. At that point they were deciding between a transfusion or IV iron. We went with the iron and that really helped. It will still take months to get things back to normal, even with IV iron. So that's why I'd suggest talking to your doctor about getting the IV iron.

I find it very interesting that there are people here who get IV iron treatments and they are not even anemic... they are just dealing with low ferriten. Given the fact that they do IV iron for people who are not even anemic I am sure that your doctor would not have a problem referring you to a hemotologist. My doctor didn't have a problem with it. I would just convey to your doc just how awful you are feeling and let him know if the pills are hard on your GI system.... I really don't see why he would not refer you. The person above me said that the IV treatments are given as a last resort... well that has not been my experience at all. I did not have any side effects from the treatments and they were very helpful. My doctor did not have any hesitation in sending me in for the IV's. Perhaps it is a last resort for people who only have a low ferriten or for people who have had reactions to the iron in the past, but in general, if you are as anemic as you are right now, it is NOT a last resort!! It should be right up there with taking the oral iron.... as in, you should have a choice of either the oral iron OR the IV iron. Perhaps when your anemia has improved significantly they might put you on oral iron, but until then, the IV is the best option, in my opinion.

Good luck with this! Just be persistant with things and you should be on your way to feeling better!! You should not have to deal with this anemia for any longer than you need to, especially when there are treatments out there that are more effective than just oral iron!

Lizzy





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