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Unread 04-09-2003, 08:08 PM
Anemia Anyone?

Hey Ladies - Hope everyone is feeling good and recovering!! I had a check-up this past Monday three weeks Post-op. About 2 weeks after surgery, my sutures had gotten a nasty infection. So After nine days of antibiotics and feeling rotten, I went Monday. The infection was not much improved, so the doctor took blood, called yesterday and said I was pretty anemic and that is probably why I am not healing and at high risk for more infections.

I had a bout with chronic anemia last year, couldn't stomach oral iron, so had to take 18 iron injections at the chemo lab. I had ulcers on top of ob/gyn problems. Now it looks like I will have to take these iron shots again. One of my problems is also lack of iron absorption by my damaged duodenum.

I know alot of you have probably faced anemia due to the nature of these ob/gyn problems. These shots seem a little out-dated to me but I don't live in a major metro area. The shots really damaged my veins last time. Does anybody have experience with receiving iron and dealing with anemia? Any suggestions?

Thanks and love to all!!!!
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Unread 04-09-2003, 10:18 PM
Anemia Anyone?


I'm curious about what you mean - did you have these iron injections intravenously? That is certainly not necessary. I twice had iron injections (I forget how many in a series) and they were done intramuscularly. No problem with veins.

I also had liver at least once a week, along with orange juice and ate plenty of red meat and dark green veggies and lentils.
Unread 04-10-2003, 11:03 AM

Joselle - I read your post and my hematologist was the one who came up with the intravenous injections. I got two doses in the muscle, which were both referred to as loading doses, but I know a lady who gets all her shots in the muscle. She is going to an endocrine specialist for other problems, so getting in with her doctor is out. When I asked about getting muscle injections, he(my hem doc) said it would not be effective and would be more dangerous. But I don't see how it could be any more of a risk than the risk of collapsing veins. I will ask my PCP today about the muscular shots(Do you go to a specialist to get your shots?)

I have being trying to eat the iron rich food but since my surgery I have yet to keep much down. The antibiotics don't help that cause. But everyday is a new day and I am gonna get better. Thanks for the advice !
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Unread 04-10-2003, 11:40 AM
Anemia Anyone?

Hello~I was very anemic due to VERY heavy bleeding prior to my hysterectomy. (hemo:5.3) I went in as an outpatient for 4 units of blood which brought me up to 10.1, and I felt like a million bucks! I then tried to eat iron rich foods, and luckily was able to tolerate 300mg of iron (capsules) a day. I hope you get to feeling better(you WILL!), being nauseated dosen't help any at all, does it? Take good care of yourself, and keep us posted. WE CARE!! Mary

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