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Hi Annierules - at one time my primary doctor wanted me to take ferrous sulfate (iron) 3x a day at 325 mgs. I tried it for a couple days and I thought I was going to basically I have not been taking any iron because all of my doctors have told me in the past I am "borderline normal" so I didn't think there was a problem althogh I was having most of the symptoms.

Recently I went to the ER for extreme stomach pains, not related to the iron as I was not taking any just constipation - you can imagine what it woudl have been like if i woudl have taken the iron supplements, and my hemoglobin count was only 5 which means I basically only had about 1/3 the amount of blood I needed in my body. My ferritin level was a 1. So basically over time even though I was "borderline normal" on the iron count since I did not take iron and my body is no longer absorbing most of the iron I eat, due to another surgery and the loss of part of my intestines, my body became extremely anemic to the point that I needed to be hospitalized and given 3 units of blood. I am still low at this point and will probably need iron infusions (IV therapy) in the future.

My doctor told me that there are some newer iron pills have came out that are gell/liquid pills that are easier on your stomach which you might want to ask about. I am also on other medications now to help with the constipation which would not be uncommon for your doctor to do if you are going to be on iron. I would definitely say that its much easier to treat the iron deficiency now rather than let it get to the levels where you are anemic and need drastic measures to be taken.

It doesn't seem fair sometimes that we have to deal with these things, especially after all that you have been through. I hope that things work out and you find an iron supplement that works for you. Maybe taking 2 smaller dosages a day would be more helpful and less harmful for you than taking the dosage that you are taking.

Good luck!

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