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Unread 12-04-2006, 03:57 PM

How long does it take for your body to replenish itself naturally??
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Unread 12-04-2006, 04:11 PM

It takes 120 days for bone marrow to replace red blood cells. If you are anemic from losing blood, and you are no longer losing that blood, then it will take that long for a complete 'renovation'. You will start feeling better gradually. If you are malabsorbing iron for some reason (this was my issue along with the blood loss), then it may take longer, or you will need to find another way to supplement the iron. So, it all depends on what you have going on. I had two contributing factors to my anemia, and I could only fix one of them, but hopefully I won't need regular iron infusions anymore
Unread 12-04-2006, 09:23 PM

I've been anemic off/on for...somewhere around 15 years I guess. The first time I remember being tested was when I started my period, which was 6th grade. Sometimes it's okay and sometimes it's not. Before surgery, everything was low...and after surgery, everything was lower (HGB 8, HCT 26). I'm just BEYOND exhausted and just have NO energy for anything. I have an appt at the end of the month so I can get tested then...I guess I was just curious
Thanks so much for the input!
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Unread 12-04-2006, 09:38 PM

My hemoglobin was a 4.9 before 3 units of blood. Now after 6 weeks post op it is up to 13.5 (lowest should bea round 12) so I am good as far as that goes. But if it takes 120 days for bone marrow to replace the red cells then I have a little to go . But I feel terrific so far. Still tired from my first day of work but just think how good we will feel when we are really healed from surgery and we have no more anemia!!!!
Unread 12-04-2006, 11:55 PM

Ahhh, anemia. When all this fibroid stuff started for me, I had lost enough blood that my hemoglobin was 8.6. My doctor feared what my hematocrit would be based on what she saw on the exam. I never found out the hematocrit.

Hemoglobin is the iron-containing oxygen-transport metalloprotein in the red cells of the blood. Supposedly, women should have a hemoglobin level of about 12.1 to 15.1 gm/dl.

Hope this helps! Heal well.

Eat well, go for foods high in iron if you don't want to take supplements. You can search the net for that.
Unread 12-05-2006, 09:11 PM

It has taken me not having 3 periods and taking iron as i felt that I could handle it to have my blood tests come back normal for the first time in well over a decade. Can't tell you the excitement I felt when my doc gave me the news~Anju
Unread 12-05-2006, 11:06 PM

Just saw my dr. for this today and he put me on iron. (I had complications and was hemorraging after surgery, though) He said it would take a good 3-6 months for this to return me to "normal".

Also, I learned in the hospital that hemoglobin numbers are relative. For one person, like me- being at a 9 could cause fainting, and for others, like some of you, being at a 5 could be not such a big deal. It all depends on the person. I wish you all the best. May your blood counts rise and you feel more energized. I just heard from someone that said they felt 15 yr. younger after getting their blood counts back up! May we all have that luck!

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