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April 9, 2012 1:41 PM
I will soon be getting iron infusions but even my doctor doesn't know what I should expect since I live in a place with socialized medicine and the hospital is now taking over this process. Wondering if any of you out there are getting iron infusions for anemia? I cannot and will not ever be able to absorb iron from my food. How long does the infusion take and how often do you have infusions? How long did it take before you started feeling energy?. Thanks in advance!!
April 10, 2012 2:05 AM
anyone out there have any idea?? I have been reading they are 3-5 hours and could be weekly.
April 10, 2012 2:10 AM
My mother recieves them. They are not painful, just time consuming. You should start to feel better shortly after beginning them.
They really helped her with fatigue that was from lack of iron. Best of luck!
April 10, 2012 2:30 AM
Thanks for the response. How often does she get them? I read that the first time they do a test to make sure you do not go into anaphalactic shock. I just hope they are good at finding veins because I have had problems with that in the past. Once they get on a schedule it should be much better. I am really looking forward to having more energy and patience :)
May 22, 2012 3:15 AM
Just wondering how you found them? I have one on the 6th June - really hoping it makes a difference as I can't absorb iron from tablets or food either and the last few months have been a real struggle. (Though, just quietly, I am really looking forward to sitting and doing nothing for a few hours with no toddlers at my feet).
June 11, 2012 4:49 AM
I just thought I would update this with my experience incase anyone else goes searching :)

I had an iron infusion on Friday (4 days ago). Felt great Friday / Saturday. Sunday woke up feeling pretty rough, just run down. By lunchtime I had a headache, by afternoon my entire body ached. Iron infusions can give you flu like symptoms as a side effect - and I copped it. I had to get someone to look after my two children for the night (which was huge as my daughter had never had a night away from me!!), which says a lot about just how bad I felt. I basically lay down from 4.30 Sunday afternoon through to 9.30 Monday morning, I slept well but in fits as my body was just sore, all my joints ached and after checking it is more than likely the iron getting into my bones and the marrow. I have been told that the joint pain will likely continue for another few days (wrists, lower legs, hips and ankles are by far the worst). Headaches have gone though and I feel fine apart from the pain.

Apparently it will take a week or two before the iron kicks in completely and I start to feel more energised (my iron levels were 10, but I was not anemic - two don't always go together I found out).
January 24, 2013 8:29 AM
Hi I just finished 5 iron infusion every other day for 5 times 200mg( I think) each time. It has now been 2 weeks since the 1st one. After the first 24 hours I felt like I was lifted out of a hole. Meaning I didn't feel like a zombie any longer. But I'm far from "normal" yet. I just read that after 1 month my levels will be at half of what they should be and by 2 months I should be where I need to be. So, it took a while for my numbers (iron levels) to drop so low and it takes some time to be back up to normal. I can't wait!! I sick of feeling like a zombie/lazy/dead fish!! I just want my energy back and live life as a normal 40ish woman!! Wishing you all the best and to your health improving greatly!!!
January 24, 2013 1:28 PM
I get my blood taken tomorrow. I haven't had an infusion since May. I have remained borderline ever since. I believe my body couldn't recover from having my children. Looking forward to getting the results next week to see if I need more iron or now. I have been drinking a lot of beet and spinach juice and eating a lot of eggs. Hopefully all that I have been doing is keeping me from being anemic. Wish me luck tomorrow. Thanks for all your updates. It took me a while to feel the effects of the iron too. I was so run down for so long that my body just adjusted to it.
January 25, 2013 2:26 PM
Didn't get the final results but my blood percent is up .2 percent due to all the juicing of iron rich foods and egg eating that I have been doing. :) I was pleasantly surprised. Looks like I will be avoiding another iron infusion :) and I am not taking supplements. Just eating and drinking real food and fruit/veggie juice.
January 25, 2013 2:49 PM
My body also doesn't absorb iron. (Which is due to my gastric bypass.) When I went for infusions I was at the medical center for about an hour. My infusion would last about 45 minutes. I had to go for around two months. The last time I needed the infusions was in 2005 and 2009. My doctor said that I would probably need them every few years. After I finished my infusions I felt great.

I wish you the very best!
January 26, 2013 2:31 AM
now that is interesting, maybe getting an infusion every few years is what it will be for me too. I hadn't thought it could take so long to go down. Thanks for sharing your story. I figure if I continue juicing things high in iron, it will continue to stay up for me. :) I had gastic bypass too 11 years ago and that is also responsible for my mal abrorbtion problem.
Edited by NeverGivesUp On January 26, 2013 2:43 AM
July 25, 2013 8:13 PM
I also do not absorb iron, so I get anemic easily. (I have Lupus and my hematologist said that, because of my digestion difficulties I don't absorb iron, so eating iron rich foods and taking iron pills does nothing for me.) However, I do have infusions and they are very easy, don't hurt any more than a blood test, and definitely keep me feeling good. I get one unit each time, so it takes about 4-5 hours. I watch TV, read, or even sleep! LOL! I started off having an infusion every 6 months, but now I do it about once a year. It's a very small price to pay for me to stay healthy, energized and strong. Hope that helps. (please don't be afraid. after your first time, you'll wonder why you even worried about it.)
July 25, 2013 10:18 PM
I know you your bodies can't really absorb it well, but if you still want to eat high iron foods to support your infusions, try seafood. Molloscks are usually really high in iron. I always get anemic during my period and treat myself to a lot of sushi. I'm in Kansas visiting family, and the sushi isn't great here, so I'm going to try canned clams.
June 12, 2014 3:04 PM
I will be starting my third round of infusions. 2008, 2010 and now. Mine too is from gastric bypass and my blood doctor told me I will always need infusions because we have little to no acid in our pouches. He also said no amount of iron foods or pills will increase our ferritin levels. He said gastric bypass patients have to always be monitored so the dr. Can catch the low ferritin before it gets too low. I am at 8 right now. And after this round I WILL go and get checked regularly so I don't feel this way again.


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