I suffer from fatigue. Some days I can't do anything. My hemoglobin averages around 11.5 with a low point of 10.5. Both my iron and ferritin are usally both below 10. I have been on oral iron for the past three years and my blood counts have always been slowely getting worse. My doctors don't belive that my Anemia is causing my fatigue. Some don't eaven think that I am really anemic. In February I received an iron injection from a naturalpath. Three days after the injection I felt so much better. The affects of the injection lasted around three weeks. When I approached my Hematoloigest about an iron infusion (I guess that injections ars no longer done by Dr) he felt that I was not amemic enough to justify an infusion. After a month on oral iron and some pressur by myself he agreed to provide an Iron Infusion. With my firsrst infusion ( 6 hours-I wished they would have told me before I went in) I again felt an increase in engery but after one month my blood count had actually gone down. Its now a month after my second infusion. My hemoglobin is now at 12.9 and my iron is at 35. I again felt a increase in engery for around three weeks.
My doctors say that it is not posible for me to feel an engery boost right after the infussions. The Hematoloigest will not give me a nother infussion as he now thinks my counts are to high to justify an infusion. I am once again so fitguied that I cant really function.
Has anyone else had this experence with infussions.
I would suggest looking into other causes for your fatigue. With your current counts another infusion is not indicated. I've had several but only when both my iron and Hgl were below normal. Also there was never an "immediate" effect. It takes time for the iron to help build the blood supply. My ferritin scores were usually a 3 before I was put back on the infusions. Both of your counts are solidly in range at the moment so perhaps it's something else?
Infusions should not be seen as a cure but rather a holding tactic. I developed a severe allergy to the infusions. Fatal reactions are possible. You need to find out what is causing your periods of anemia (could it be your periods? You did not mention age/sex) and find out what other health issues could lead you to feel as you do.
I had a series of 4 infusions. It worked. I finally feel back to normal. The count to watch is the MCV. It measures your iron stores. You have to build up the stores of iron, if you don't it's like going from pay check to pay check without any money in the bank. Also, I agree that you have to determine what's causing the low iron in the first place. For me, it was very minor bleeding at the site of a previous colon surgery. My counts got down to about 10.0 and I felt terrible. So I know there is a big difference in what 10 and 12 feels like. I was lucky that I happened to see an oncologist/hematologist. She recommended the series of 4 infusions. My GP had prescribed oral iron. From what the specialist told me, it would have taken a very long time for oral iron to build up the stores.
Thanks for the replys. I wish the doctors could find the reason for my anemia. Half are sure that I am bleeding and the other half say that I am not absorbing the iron. The other symptoms are that I have is alot of pain in my whole back and ribs. I have seen over 20 doctors. The only thing that has made me feel better is the two iron injections and the two infusions that I have had. The problem is that I feel much better three days afterwards and the affect last for two to three weeks. The doctors say that this is not possible and that the positive affects are in my head. So the question is why do I feel so much better just after I receive the Iron?
Have you had a recent CBC (complete blood count)?? You are anemic and need to find the cause. Even being one point too low can make you feel like @#$@, I know, believe me.
A recent CBC showed that my hemoglobin level was about 9 (LOW!) and my kidneys weren't functioning properly. I've always had a heavy period so I figured it was iron deficiency, but it was kidney failure causing my anemia. I am on iron transfusions and other medications, and feel a zillion times better after just a few weeks. I also needed a blood transfusion of 2 units. My hemo is now about 11.8 and climbing. The doc wants to see it reach 12.5.
Get a CBC and find out WHY you're anemic. They should check iron, kidney, thyroid, cholesterol and a few other things. Hidden bleeding can cause anemia too, such as ulcers or rectal bleeding.
BTW, oral iron didn't do anything for me, and I took it for three months, a really good brand w/ vitamin C and B to help absorb the iron. I think it's possible to feel better right after an infusion. I notice that my cheeks get pinker right afterward. After all, it's going straight into your bloodstream!!! You need a second opinion, my friend.
I have had iron deficiency for years...I am a redhead maybe that has something to do with it. I have been on iron supplements for 5 years now and Repliva for one. My ferritin will not get above 11-13. I have started iron infusions and they only take 20 minutes and then a 10 minute wash. It is called Venifer. I think you may actually be getting a blood transfusion with iron in it..I've heard of this. I would double check with your physician. I go to the hospital once/wk for a six week period. The only side effects are nausea and diahhrea and unusual taste in mouth. I started losing my hair (about 1/2 gone) and my nails are bad..I also get mouth sores due to anemia. He thinks my blood loss due to perimenopause is the cause and that my body isn't absorbing the iron any more for whatever reason...hope this helps: Di
To the original poster: Your numbers don't actually look like you're anemic right now. I would check with your doctor, but usually over 12 is considered "normal" for women. If you're at 12.9, I would assume the dr won't give you an iron transfusion because he doesn't want to risk iron overload (this can be fatal).
The reason the doctors are saying it's not possible to feel better immediately is that it take time for the iron to have an effect through the production of new RBCs. They live for 120 days, so the older, low hemoglobin ones take a while to be replaced by newer healthier ones.
If your doctors think you're not absorbing iron, you should be checked for celiac disease. This can also cause depletion of other nutrients (I found out my lower back pain was because I was low on Vitamin D, too.) Have they checked you for other malabsorbtion problems? (Crohns, celiac, etc?)
Finally, it's not the MCV that indicates iron stores (MCV is "mean corpuscule volume" or the average size of your RBCs) but ferritin. Ferritin is what they use to measure the iron stores in your body. I'm amazed everyone is getting transfusions for this. My ferritin was 1 for several months and they just kept me on oral iron therapy. It's very slowly helping, though.