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Well, I got the phone call from the doc's office yesterday. Ferritin levels have dropped AGAIN, so they're going to start me on Venofer IV infusions. Once a week for 5 weeks. Anyone out there had good results with this type of infusion raising the ferritin levels quickly?

I'm hoping that with the switch to Zantac (from Nexium), taking 1000mg of B12 daily, a multi vitamin and Vitamin D AND these new iron infusions that this will conquer my iron deficiency anemia. Has anyone out there ever gotten rid of anemia once and for all??? If so, does it take YEARS for everything to go back to normal? I'm beginning to think this is starting to take over my life! I'm freezing, have no energy and think about sleeping ALL the time, but I never do... Too much to do.

Also, are there any strange side effects I should expect from these types of infusions? Guess I'd better get reading the boards again.
Hi. Yes, I have had Venofer IV courses a few times and I think it raised my ferritin. I felt great, so much less tired after having them. I can't recall the side effects but I tried to hydrate myself before the IVs. If you have questions, call your doctor or the unit that you will be getting the IVs from. Good luck! I hope it helps.
[QUOTE=Amyb76;4279950]Hi. Yes, I have had Venofer IV courses a few times and I think it raised my ferritin. I felt great, so much less tired after having them. I can't recall the side effects but I tried to hydrate myself before the IVs. If you have questions, call your doctor or the unit that you will be getting the IVs from. Good luck! I hope it helps.[/QUOTE]

Thanks for the info--I really appreciate you letting me know how they worked for you! By the way, are you still anemic or did the infusions help you from being anemic?? I am so hoping that this does the trick for me!
Well, I've had my 2nd round (week of) Venofer IV infusions and have had no side effects! I have noticed that I'm not freezing all the time, too! I honestly haven't sweated in years (because I was always so cold) and I've been hot and actually sweated at times! I can't believe it!! I am praying that between the switch to Zantac and the IV iron, my iron and iron stores (ferritin) will put me back at normal levels and I can get on with my life (even it it includes sweating!). LOL!

I will keep you posted on how it goes once I'm done with the IV iron. I have three more weeks of them, then wait 6 weeks before I see the doctor and give blood again before they check where everything is at. I'm believing that I'm going to be back to "normal".

Thanks to all who have read and commented on my situation. You have all been so wonderful!

-Wendy





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