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Anemia board


Hello:

I have been anemic for several years now. I have tried several types of iron supplements, but nothing works. I also have an underactive thyroid, which I take Synthroid for. I also have a bad acid reflux. I have been on Nexium and Priolosec for more than 15 years.

Recently, I had an endoscopy and I found out that now I have esophagitis and gastritis. I also recently had a colonscopy to rule out internal bleeding, and thank God, I didn't have any. After all these years, I finally went to see a hematologist and he did thorough blood work on me. My Ferritin level is only 4! My iron level is only 12. My TIBC is 510, which is high. My iron saturation is 2, which is low. And, my unbound iron capacity is 498, which is high.

My doctor says to keep taking iron supplements, but I told him that I have tried everything and nothing is working for me. Because of my acid reflux, iron supplements bother me a lot. I asked him about iron infusions and he agreed to that. But, then I researched all about iron infusions and now I'm very scared about getting them because when I read about other people's stories, quite a few have had serious side effects. I'm a very anxious and nervous type of person. This coming Monday, I was supposed to go for my iron infusions, but I canceled the appointment. My folic acid and B12 are fine though I am very deficient in Vitamin D.

The question I have is: am I right in worrying so much about getting iron infusions? For no apparent reason, I've gotten severe hives twice in the past two years and then the doctors had to give me Prednisone. That's why I'm so worried - is it a good idea for me to get the iron infusions? I also have arthritis. If anyone has any other suggestions, can you please let me know? If anyone knows about good iron supplements, can you please let me know? By the way, I'm almost 50 going through menopause, heavy bleeding, severe hair loss even though my thyroids are under control, and fibroids.

Thank you so much.
Hi Audrey:

Thanks very much for your reply. I haven't been feeling that good for the last week, so I didn't get a chance to reply. Yes, I do have an underactive thyroid. I take Synthroid for this. Every four months, I get blood work done. According to my Endocronologist, everything is fine. But, I am still losing so much hair. And, I'm always tired. Part of this has to do with my anemia. You're right - I do need to eat more protein. I am not a vegetarian, but at the same time, I'm also not a meat lover. Most of the protein drinks on the market have soy in them and they say that people with hypothyroidism should not take anything with soy in it. Recently, I did buy the whey protein shake.

About losing weight, the information you provided is very helpful.

Thank you and Take Care.

Rana7