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Iv Iron Infusion Protocol
HGB 10.5, HCT 33.9, WBC 10.8, Iron 12, HAPT 117, Ferritin high after 8 infusions of iron. Where do I go from here?
Diagnosis? Please: What did your doctor diagnose you with? ...Read more
That depends: If you have true iron deficiency anemia, you'll know your iron injection is helping you before the hemoglobin goes up, and your labs will confirm this. If it is not a true iron deficiency, it won't touch you anemia. I see that you have had a recent blood transfusion; as a pathologist and sometime blood banker, transfusion is a treatment of last resort and you need to be told why it was given. ...Read more
I'm severely anaemic and I'm having my first iron infusion tomorrow what should I expect during and after the procedure?
I would not expect a: You should not expect any problems from the iron infusion. My concern will be more to find the cause of your iron deficiency? Have you had a problem of excessive bleeding? If so, get that corrected, so that you do not have to live with this problem on a long term basis. ...Read more
How low must one's iron level be in order to be given Iron Infusion Injections?? My hemoglobin is at 9.6. Is this critically low or not too bad?
Your hemoglobin is low but no where near critically low. Try taking oral iron and multivitamins. If after doing that for six months, there is no improvement, then it would be time to discuss intravenous iron treatment with your doctor.
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Had an iron infusion 2 days ago & now im super hungry/ gained 2.5kgs in 1 day!!! I'm really scared as I have an eating disordr. Do iron inf cause w/g??
No: You may well have an eating disorder. Need for iron infusion, without obvious blood loss, at your age, suggests either malabsorption or poor nutrition. 2.5kg weight gain in one day is not normal. Your medications suggest behavioral health issues and this matter is best discussed with your doctor or a psychiatrist. ...Read more
Iron Infusions: There are a number of different injectable iron products on the market. The dose also has an impact on the infusion time. Again, depending on the product used, infusion times can range from 30 minutes to 4 hours. ...Read more
I'm having an iron infusion next week but had no info at all, what does it involve, how long does it take also are there side affects?
Depends: Side effects and duration of infusion depend upon the pharmacologic type of iron being infused. Older pharmacologic types were associated with allergic infusion reactions that necessitated a longer infusion. Newer pharmagologic infusions are rarely if ever associated with an infusion reaction and can be given intravenously over 15-20 minutes. ...Read more
How effective is iron infusion in raising blood count? How soon can one expect to see improvement?
Several weeks: If you have anemia due to low iron, increasing your iron level will help in the production of new red cells but it takes time for the bone marrow to release these cells. Normally red cells live for 120 days, bone marrow can increase the production if needed as in case of anemia due to iron deficiency, but only after iron is available. From that time it may take 2-4 weeks to start improving. ...Read more
Had allergic reaction to an iron infusion. Tried iton tablets and body just won't absorb them. What is the next step to help me feel better?
How long til I feel better from iron infusion? I'm on 2 of 5 (200mg venafer each, total 1000mg) I am iron deficient ferritin 10, sat 9, but no other l
A few days: You should feel better when your iron stores increase which is typically a few days. Good Luck. A reflection of your hemoglobin going up will take 2-3 days as well. ...Read more
Probably: Unless you needed the iron infusion because of bleeding from your stomach. ...Read more
Do I qualify for a iron infusion therapy with a hemoglobin of 9 and iron of 21 L and iron sat of 5L?
First things first: You must ask first why you are iron deficient. Heavy periods? Pregnancies? Could you be pregnant now? Non-supplementing vegetarian? Bleeding stomach ulcer / cancer? Iron infusions are not for casual use, though they are easier on the gut than iron tablets. There are injectable forms too. Do yourself a favor and focus on the big picture. ...Read more
Wanted to know what are the side effects if any of having a iron transfusion? I was told. I would have to have a iron infusion.
Well tolerated: Not too many side effects in general. Just like any other medicaton, allergic reaction can happen in different manifestations- including hives, skin rashes, increase blood pressure, or decrease blood pressure, shortness of breath, back pain. That is why prior to iron infusion-a test dose will be given to make sure no allergic reaction. Otherwise, it is tolerated well by majority people. Don't worry. ...Read more
Yesterday had iron infusion. Today l feel tired and nauseous. Is this normal. I'm also suffering from bad anxiety how can l learn to relax?
Sometimes patients may have some mild symptoms like slight fever, muscle aches and tiredness 1-2 days after infusion. You should discuss anxiety symptoms and treatment with your PCP. Read about deep breathing and relaxation techniques at the following link:
https://www. Helpguide. Org/articles/stress/relaxation-techniques-for-stress-relief. Htm ...Read more
I had an iron infusion due to low iron, so low I could not walk across the floor to my den. Now, my feet don't want to walk. What is the problem?
You need to get: In touch with your internist or whomever is responsible for giving you the infusion. I am not aware of other medical conditions you have, but your complaint or problem is serious enough to be looked into immediately. ...Read more
How long does an iron infusion take? Will my doctor put the IV in my arm? If I currently have pneumonia can I still get the infusion done? Thanks
Depends: Duration of the infusion is determined by how your veins tolerate the medication and by the type of iron used. But, normally 2-6 hours. It can be done during an infection if the infection is being controlled. ...Read more
Not surprising: I certainly would not consider a joint effusion two weeks after an iron infusion normal, but it is not unheard of nor is it surprising. If there is some underlying reason for inflammation in the knee, such as a meniscal tear or arthritis, the iron infusion can exacerbate the pre-existing inflammation in the knee. This will cause the infusion to stick around longer. If you have other symptoms, I may seek further advice from orthopod. May need joint drained and fluid sent for analysis. ...Read more
I had a iron infusion on Monday I feel so exhausted and weak is this normal and when will I start to feel better?
I am very anemic due to my Crohn's disease. Supplements are not working. Is it possible to get an iron infusion? What is it like?
Yes: Hemotolgy doctors will do intravenous iron infussions in the chemo centers. Just a small needle stick and wait for the medicine to slowly drip in. Will not hurt me a bit. ...Read more
Still got joint pain 7 weeks after iron infusion, but my dr wants me to have another one. Surely this will just make the joint pain worse.
Iron infusion info: Hard to give information because no diagnosis given. All iron infusions are iron-carbohydrate nanoparticles. They can differ in size and configuration and in release and clearance. Common uses for infusion are gastric bypass, kidney disease, and failure to absorb oral iron. They can cause reactions. So if you can`t discuss with your md he could refer for second opinion re arthritis. ...Read more
Need more info: I suspect that your doctor has found that you have iron deficiency anemia. This is a very straightforward diagnosis to make. The colonoscopy is helpful to make sure that you are not losing it in the bowel. If oral iron is not helping then you might need IV iron to rapidly make up for what you can't get from pills. ...Read more
I have very low iron my doctor did give me iron supplements but my #'s weren't really going up so I started iron infusion.?
On the right track: We detect, confirm and follow iron deficiency anemia by Ferritin levels. Your doctor will do that for you. Most importantly why are you iron-deficient? Are you losing blood? From where? Is it from the gastrointestinal tract or during menstruation? Thank you for asking. ...Read more
Hi I was wondering if I should work out even though I am completely exhausted due to being anemic? I am having a iron infusion on friday or wait?
Don't overdo it.: Exercise to the point where you are not overly exhausted. If you have iron deficiency, the iron infusion should work very quickly. You will likely notice improvement start after about 2 weeks, and should be back to normal by around 6 weeks. ...Read more
My hemoglobin is at 2 and I don't want a blood transfusion so my pcp recommended iron infusion. Will it help?
Blood transfusion: Blood transfusion is recommended for Hemoglobin less than 6g/dl except in exceptional circumstances. In your case Hemoglobin is 2 and this is an indication of blood transfusion. ...Read more
Recently had iron infusion. This week I had a comp metabolic done and my AST/ALT/Bili was very slightly elevated. Could this be related?
All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, having actual values would have helped. It would prudent to discuss it with the doctor who ordered the tests.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
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Iron infusion April 2013 due to IDA. Ferritin levels raised but decreasing at each blood test. July 2013 130ng/ml today 60ng/ml. Is this usual?
Don't treat labs: Please forgive my frankness. What's missing in this picture is WHY you are iron deficient / losing iron. You're 53 year old, correct? Are you still having monthly bleeding? Do you have other blood loss? Has colon cancer been ruled out? Stomach cancer? Stomach ulcer? Hookworm? Malabsorption? Are you a vegetarian? You don't "just become" iron deficient. Insist on answers. ...Read more
Have had iron infusion due to ida and possible crohn's. Not anaemic now however CBC results show haemoglobin decreased from 13.6 to 13 in 7 days?
Not significant: That is not a big drop. I would not be worried by this. If they check your blood in a week, it will probably be different. Hope this helps. ...Read more
I got an iron infusion 1500mg. Is sharp pulsing lower back pain that comes & goes normal 2 days after it? & how much will 1500mg raise iron levels?
1. Pain after iron infusion is not normal and if the pain persists, you should contact your doctor.
2.! 500 mg. Normal body contains 4-5 gms of iron, about 2.5 in blood as hemoglobin and about 2.0 in storage. If you were anemic due to iron deficiency, you had essentially no iron in storage and 1.5 gm infusion would barely bring you to normal baseline. You need the address the cause of iron loss. ...Read more
I'm having an iron infusion (dextran I believe) and I need my routine thyroid blood work done shortly after. Will the infusion skew the blood work?
It will not: Hoping that the underlying cause of your iron deficiency is also addressed. ...Read more
I'm iron deficient with a platlet count of 425 im receiving iron infusion but scared with all the things I've read about spontaious blood clots, stroke?
Anemic (ferritin was 0) had iron infusion, RBC is 4.63, WBC is 5.1 and platelets are 116. Dr thinks counts ok. Feel terrible. What could this be?
Why were you anemic: This is the essential question. I agree that the current counts would have nothing to do with making you feel bad, but it is possible that there is some underlying condition which can make you anemic and make you feel bad. ...Read more
I have had an iron infusion of iron polymaltose as I had iron deficiency anemia with ferritin level 9. How long before my ferritin level will rise?
Iron: After iron infusion takes 3-4 weeks usually. ...Read more
I have iron deficiency anemia due to surgically-induced malabsorption. I will have my 1st iron infusion Thursday. When can I expect to feel better?
In a few weeks: "When you should start to feel better depends on your particular situation. Normally, it may take from a week to a month after you start your iron supplement before you start to feel better. Continue to watch your symptoms and take note of side effects that might be caused by the supplements. If you have any questions or concerns, talk to your health care provider." ...Read more
What could be causing high platelet count of 900, anaemia after iron infusion 4 weeks ago and two blood transfusions two weeks ago.?
Bone marrow problem: Two possibilities: 1. You have iron-deficiency (why? Are you having GI bleeding? Gastric bypass?) and your platelets are high as an inflammatory response, or 2. You have essential thrombocytosis or another bone marrow problem. Given your age, my vote is for #1. See a hematologist for more answers! ...Read more
Cbc and iron levels now normal 4 weeks after iron infusion. Colonoscopy saw small ulcers in the terminal ileum of the small bowel can this be crohn's?
Could be: Small ulcers in the terminal ileim is usually crohn's disease. They also can occasionally come from NSAID (ibuprofen) use or certain infections like tb. Talk with your doctor to see what the biopsies show. The biopsies should help distinguish the cause. It's also helpful to have imaging of the small bowel by MRI or ct or barium small bowel follow through to determine the extent of involvement. ...Read more