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[QUOTE=niknak71;4221463]Hi, I know exactly how you feel. I had a blood test in January because I was just feeling so lethargic and hair was thinning quite badly. Bloods came back with ferritin of 4, serum iron, 6 and hemoglobin 11.3. Started iron tabs on 26 Jan and meanwhile took organic blackstrap mollases and ate an iron-rich diet, lots of liver, and i got a tincture called yellow dock which is supposed to really increase ferritin. Had bloods done yesterday and my ferritin is 23, serum iron 16.7 and hemoglobin 13.2 so now all normal apart from ferritin which will hopefully improve even more over the coming months. Hope this helps[/QUOTE]

Maybe I should try the molasses--I've never heard of yellow dock. I'll have to check that out. It sure seems like your levels came up quickly!! Well, lots more quickly than mine. I'm taking three "super" iron pills/day. Bifera is the name of the iron pill--it's supposed to be as powerful as a transfusion when you take one/day and I'm taking 3 of these pills a day and my levels haven't gone up like yours did! Niknak71--how much molasses did you take and was it everyday? I'm willing to try anything safe and natural that won't harm me to try and get my levels up! My hair is thinning and I just want to feel like the old Wendy! Thanks for the info!
I have had 2 iron IV infusions (don't get confused with transfusion) and am set up to have my 3rd in about three weeks. This has been over a 3 year course. My Ferritin levels went from 165 last August to 32 a week ago, so my body is still not naturally absorbing iron even thought I take 1 Icar tablet each day. My white blood and red cells are below normal levels and my hemaglobin is low as well. I am still very frustrated about the hematologist not knowing why I can not absorb iron after every test inthe book(Bone Marrow, Pill cam, endoscopy, colonoscopy, smear tests). The PA last visit said, " I guess we'll just write it off to your cycle as the issue" and I immediately told her NO Way as my cycles are not heavy. I truly think it is a heriditary auto immune disease since my sister appears to be anemic as well without answers. I hope that maybe something will stand out in your blood work to give your doctor a direction to take.

On the first visit you can expect a great nap as they feed you benedryl in case your body reacts to the iron in a allergic way. I have not had an allergic reaction and feel pretty normal afterwards, just groggy fromt he benedryl. The only other thing to watch out for is bad headaches, and lower back pain or joint pain because your body is trying to absorb a large quantity of iron all at once. Cheers to IV Iron!
[QUOTE=wanglin;4254787]I have had 2 iron IV infusions (don't get confused with transfusion) and am set up to have my 3rd in about three weeks. This has been over a 3 year course. My Ferritin levels went from 165 last August to 32 a week ago, so my body is still not naturally absorbing iron even thought I take 1 Icar tablet each day. My white blood and red cells are below normal levels and my hemaglobin is low as well. I am still very frustrated about the hematologist not knowing why I can not absorb iron after every test inthe book(Bone Marrow, Pill cam, endoscopy, colonoscopy, smear tests). The PA last visit said, " I guess we'll just write it off to your cycle as the issue" and I immediately told her NO Way as my cycles are not heavy. I truly think it is a heriditary auto immune disease since my sister appears to be anemic as well without answers. I hope that maybe something will stand out in your blood work to give your doctor a direction to take.

On the first visit you can expect a great nap as they feed you benedryl in case your body reacts to the iron in a allergic way. I have not had an allergic reaction and feel pretty normal afterwards, just groggy fromt he benedryl. The only other thing to watch out for is bad headaches, and lower back pain or joint pain because your body is trying to absorb a large quantity of iron all at once. Cheers to IV Iron![/QUOTE]

Thanks for the response and for the correction about infusion rather than transfusion! Rookie mistake!! LOL! The info you gave me was REALLY helpful. I have a couple of questions, tho, other than the headaches and back/joint pain, did you notice that overall you felt better right away? Honestly, I don't feel ALL that bad. Tired, yes--but I think I've been this way for so long it doesn't really slow me down or stop me from doing what I've always done as far as chasing after my family. BUT once I get home, I see that I am TIRED and it's not a normal tired... I really, REALLY tired, but I don't sleep well, it is really strange. :confused: So there's not a ton of motivation to get out and exercise and that's what I'm hoping this iron will do for me. Help me to feel better all around that I WANT to exercise and feel better!

I am so sorry that they're not able to get to the bottom of your iron problems; that IS so frustrating. My gastro doc did the same thing--"it's because of your period" and "you're cold all the time because you're a woman, women are generally colder than men; it's not anemia related". Frustrating. I hope they can get it figured out for you. Do you by any chance take Nexium? I am really hoping that's the main cause of my anemia and this will just "go away" if I am able to stop taking it.

I hope to hear back from you :wave: and thanks again for taking the time to post an answer! You don't know how much I appreciate it!

**Jonnstar--I will look into this! Thanks for your responses, also! So helpful.

-Wendy
I had horribly low iron and ferritin levels after getting pregnant 8 years ago. When I was pregnant I had an iron level of 7 and they thought they were going to have to do a blood transfusion. Ever since my two pregnancies I have had low iron. Now my low iron is due heavy periods, differenent than your problem. However, my solution may help you. After years of struggling and considering having an uterine ablation I found some great iron and finally after years I am now stable, iron at 13 and ferritin at 12. I take iron that has liver fractions in it, I get if from a holistic doctor but I have heard they also can be purchased online. It's called integrative therapeutics, inc., iron complex. They are about $25 for 90 softgels but worth it. Not all supplements are created equal. Good Luck!!

FYI: They told me that my ferritin shouldn't get below 9 or I may have to get a transfusion. Double Check that your ferritin levels aren't too low, it can be very dangerous to have extremly low iron and ferritin levels.

Laura
[QUOTE=skibunny1975;4313920]I had horribly low iron and ferritin levels after getting pregnant 8 years ago. When I was pregnant I had an iron level of 7 and they thought they were going to have to do a blood transfusion. Ever since my two pregnancies I have had low iron. Now my low iron is due heavy periods, differenent than your problem. However, my solution may help you. After years of struggling and considering having an uterine ablation I found some great iron and finally after years I am now stable, iron at 13 and ferritin at 12. I take iron that has liver fractions in it, I get if from a holistic doctor but I have heard they also can be purchased online. It's called integrative therapeutics, inc., iron complex. They are about $25 for 90 softgels but worth it. Not all supplements are created equal. Good Luck!!

FYI: They told me that my ferritin shouldn't get below 9 or I may have to get a transfusion. Double Check that your ferritin levels aren't too low, it can be very dangerous to have extremly low iron and ferritin levels.

Laura[/QUOTE]

Thanks for the info! Very helpful--I'm going to have to check into that. I'm waiting to hear my "numbers" in September. Hopefully they've gone up. I know my ferritin has been as low as 3, but my iron is usually between a 9, 10 or 11. I just can't wait for this to be over! Today I came home completely exhausted (doesn't help that work is kicking my butt last week and this week! haha!) and slept for a couple of hours. I really HATE to do that, but feel like I need to get my sleep when I can because sometimes I can't sleep at night at all! :(

Anyway, thanks for the info--everyone one these message boards are just great!





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