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Hello, I'm hoping to hear some opinions on my situation. I recently had my blood tested and the doc called me in to say my Ferritin was extremely low, it was 6. My HGB was 12.4. She recommended iron supplements and I was on my way. Of course after doing research I've come to the conclusion that the reason I feel soooooo crappy all the time is because of this iron deficiency! Chronic fatigue, dizzy spells, heart palps, headaches, the list goes on.
The next week I found out that I was pregnant, and I thought this cant be good. I really think I need something to boost my stores faster then an oral supplement, which from what I've read can take months to make a small difference. I asked my doctor about an infusion and she said she wasn't sure a hematologist would be willing to do one since my hemoglobin is within normal range, even at the bottom or normal.

What do you think? I'm half thinking of getting her to refer me, and let the hematologist decide.

Thanks!
Hi,
I know how you feel. My HG is also right at the low end of normal and my ferritin is 6. I feel absolutely horrible and the idea of living with this chronic headache for any longer is more than I can bear. I mentioned an iron infusion to my DR and she looked at me like I had two heads. I'm in BC, BTW. She said they never do that unless the patient is hospitalized because of the potential for serious adverse reactions.
I tried ferrous gluconate pills but I became extremely constipated. So now I'm trying ferrous fumorate. I've heard some people can notice a difference within 5 days because the HG will go up even though it will take a long period to bring the ferritin levels back up. I'm only on day 3 and no change yet but I'm hopeful.
I'm going for a colonoscopy/endoscopy next week and am going to talk to the specialist about my anemia. Will let you know what he has to say.
Linda





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