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Hopefully one of the "experts" will chime in about the IV transfusion. I don't know anything about that except what I have read here on some of the threads.

Ironically my low iron was discovered at a Red Cross blood drive. I gave blood in Feb, then in May and was turned away in July (all within the proper time span) because my iron was below the acceptable levels. Coincidentally at the Feb and May drive I was borderline but no one said it was a problem but in July the nurse gave me aninformation sheet and advised me to see my doctor and thus the testing began. My first blood tests showed my ferritin was only a 5 and my iron was a 25. My MCV and MCH were also low.

My primary doctor sent me to a Gastroenterologist who did the upper and lower scopes and when they showed nothing I then had an interesting test where I swallowed a pill that had a camera which took pictures of my small intestine. It cannot be seen by either the upper endoscopy or colonoscopy. When that was normal, they then sent me a hematologist. My appointment with her was November 17. Very frustrating waiting for insurance approvals and open appoitment dates for the various tests and the specialist. So what you are experiencing is the norm I would say.

The hematologist started me on iron pills and checked my blood levels 1 month, 2 months and then 5 months later. All my levels started to improve so at my April visit she told me to stop them and come back and see her in Ocotber. So I'm in limbo now wondering what is happening with my iron. My ferritin only went up to 40 and most of the posters here say that is not a great number so I sit and wonder.

Well I've rambled on enough for now but I just wanted to let you know that what you are going through (i.e the waiting, the testing, the insurance approval etc. etc.) is pretty normal even though most of the posters here are women and you are a 22 year old man.;) I do hope that you get some answers soon so your problems can be resolved. look forward to hearing an uodate from your appointment.





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