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Mac2--I ended up in the ER because I didn't know what else to do. I had tachycardia 133 P and very high BP and felt really ill, but was no longer anemic. My MCV still remained severely low at 65, I think this had a lot to do with it; by having small cells, different in shape and appearing pale. By this time my Hgb had returned to normal at 12.9. It took 2 months to get from 8.5 to 12.9 taking ferris sulfate 3X daily. Yes, they are salt based, and for me it was way too much for my body to handle. Enteritis is just a fancy name for diarrhea, but not the typical kind. This is probably TMI, but it would wake me in the morning from my sleep. This went on for 3 months and I lost 15 pounds. By the time I made it to the bathroom, I was finished the minute I sat down. It was very hard on my body. I had to stop the iron on and off for a while and was told I had to have IV and could no longer take iron supplements. By the time I got to the Hematologist, he put me back on the oral iron. By this time I was at a 10 Hgb and anemic for the second time. I was too ill to have IV iron at that time. I was taking 65 mgs of elements iron 3X. I then went to a GI friendly iron at 300mgs a day and I even take it on an empty stomach with no problems. The thing about iron is, if it doesn't agree with you, discontinue it. I was pretty close to a blood transfusion and oral iron was the only way I could get around that so I took it even though I was slowly becoming ill, I didn't know better at that time and my PCP didn't help me. I know a little more now, LOL. I also have acid reflux and this irritated my esophagus to no end, I felt like I was bleeding. Don't be scared of the iron, like I said, if it doesn't agree find another, believe me you will most likely find one that works for you that is if you absorb supplements in the first place. It takes a lot of persistence, not giving up and patience. Patience was my biggest lesson. Hope that answered your questions. Keep us posted.

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