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Re: Low Low Low
Jan 18, 2013
Oh, one more thing... the reason us bypass peeps have trouble with iron post-bypass isn't necessarily due to the food we eat or don't eat, but due to the bypass of the duodenum which is the primary absorption site for iron in the intestine. The remaining intestine can absorb some iron... some of us just do it better than others. More studies are showing that more and more bypass patients experience anemia to some extent, and obviously it's usually the women who still menstruate who seem to suffer the most.

Many docs will try to get you to eat handfuls of various types of iron supplements and the bottomline is that you can take as much orally as you want, but when only a tiny fraction of what you consume is actually being absorb/utilized, it becomes a losing battle. Add to that the fact that many oral iron supplements cause major gastric distress in high amounts (thank goodness for carbonyl and heme iron supplements, though!), and that seems an unworkable solution.

All the research I've read in addition to the countless discussions I've had now with my hematologist bring me back to one conclusion... must infuse iron to try to get back to near-normal state, then do oral supplements as long as possible until other options are again required.

Hang in there... I'm in the midst of it still too (this dizziness and coldness SUCKS!), but hope all I've been told is the truth! It WILL GET BETTER!!

- tori

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