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Old 12-03-2012, 05:00 AM   #1
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Would I be a candidate for an Iron Infusion?

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.

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Old 12-03-2012, 10:58 AM   #2
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Re: Would I be a candidate for an Iron Infusion?

I would say with you being so close to the low level hemoglobin wise you might be. The best answer you will get is going to come from a hematologist. If this is something that you are really wanting to do. I would ask for a referral and just consult with one, let them know your desire to do a infusion and see what they say. It can't hurt to try?

 
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Old 12-08-2012, 03:30 PM   #3
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Re: Would I be a candidate for an Iron Infusion?

I got my hemoglobin from 9 to 13 in less than two months with iron supplements, ferrous sulfate and one big pill called Hemax (which is like 3 small ones). Assuming your anemia is not being caused by anything but lack of iron, you could be in great shape with iron supplements before the baby comes.

 
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Old 12-09-2012, 06:04 PM   #4
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Re: Would I be a candidate for an Iron Infusion?

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.
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:40 PM   #5
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Re: Would I be a candidate for an Iron Infusion?

Well in the states the patient doesn't have to be hospitalized to get infusions. Generally you won't see someone get one unless they are pretty bad off and need a faster route, but if the Dr. thinks that it's treatable with pills rather then infusion they go that route instead. I think it really just depends on the case and the Dr. and it really doesn't hurt to ask.

 
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Old 12-10-2012, 03:11 AM   #6
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Re: Would I be a candidate for an Iron Infusion?

Thanks to everyone who replied! My doctor started Infufer injections on Friday, once a week for 20 weeks. The injection was not as bad as I expected, and so far hasn't left any tattooing. I'll have my blood tested again in January to reassess the situation.

Thanks again!

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