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anemic, how long before iron levels return to normal? anemic, how long before iron levels return to normal?

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Unread 01-18-2008, 01:57 PM
anemic, how long before iron levels return to normal?

Hi Ladies!

I've was wondering if anyone knew the answer to this question before I call DR with it?

Before surgery I was anemic. I had a transfusion about 4 months ago, but my iron levels were low again at surgery. Dr said not quite at transfusion level again, but close.

Here's the question:

How long will it take, now that I'm not bleeding, for my iron levels to build? I'm trying to eat healthy, but am avoiding iron supplements right now because of BM issues.

Thanks for any insight!
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Unread 01-18-2008, 02:33 PM
anemic, how long before iron levels return to normal?

Hi Glenda. I seriously would suggest taking slow FE which is a lot easier on the system along with a stool softener. I had to take the iron supplements because my doc said I looked awful, I felt really run down at my 1 wk check-up and my counts were way down after surgery (I too lost a lot of blood, but did not require a transfusion). I didn't have any problems with BMs while on them. Just drink plenty of liquids (water is best) to keep your stool softer.
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Unread 01-18-2008, 02:36 PM
anemic, how long before iron levels return to normal?

My DR just said daily vitamins with iron, I really didn't know where to go from there, so Thanks!
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Unread 01-18-2008, 02:46 PM
anemic, how long before iron levels return to normal?

You're welcome! They truly helped me feel better within a week. I took them for nearly a month to help out and then at my next blood check I was back up 4 points so they do work! Hope you feel better soon!
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Unread 01-18-2008, 03:35 PM
anemic, how long before iron levels return to normal?

I too recommend the Slow fe. I was severe anemic (5) and they have really helped me to feel better. I had a blood transfusion after surgery and have been taking the slow fe for a month now. I did bloodwork today but I know just by the way I feel that my iron level is up. I take the slow fe with 1/2 a glass of oj and a stool softener everynight before I go to bed. No problems with BMs. I also eat Total every morning for breakfast which is high in iron and 1/2 a cup of oj (orange juice helps your body to absorb this type of iron). Another good food is pumpkin seeds. I eat a snack everyday of pumpkin seeds and I also put them in my salads.
Hope these ideas help.
jb
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Unread 01-18-2008, 03:42 PM
anemic, how long before iron levels return to normal?

Thanks, where do I get this at, I'm pretty much a home body, I don't do much shopping except for the usual stuff. My biggest haunt is Wal-Mart and thats in the grocery section. I HATE to shop!
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Unread 01-18-2008, 04:07 PM
anemic, how long before iron levels return to normal?

Walgreen's or CVS. Check with Doc first just to be sure. jb
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Unread 01-18-2008, 04:27 PM
anemic, how long before iron levels return to normal?

Thanks again!
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Unread 01-18-2008, 05:46 PM
anemic, how long before iron levels return to normal?

Glenda -
I just came on the website tonight to ask the very same question.

Ladies -
Thanks for all the suggestions. But does anyone know how fast the iron level goes up on its own? Does it take weeks? months? a year?
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