Anemia and Iron Allergy
on 6/21/09 12:36 pm
on 6/21/09 12:36 pm
I have found myself between a rock and a hard place. I had RYGB in December 2006. I have struggled with anemia since (ferritin <1 and Hb <10). So far I have had an endometrial ablation to stop any blood loss (hysterectomy is the next step, although my bleeding is not heavy) and tried all sorts of oral iron. I also tried IV iron -- 2 forms (dextran and sucrose). I had life threatening reactions to both forms. I met with a hematologist who had nothing more to offer other than 1 more form of IV iron -- obviously this makes me a little nervous as I reacted so severely to the 1st two forms and she was kind of reluctant to try it as well. My job requires call duty leading to sleep deprivation on a regular basis. I am not having trouble working full time but the call is killing me as it takes several days to recover after a call night. Has anyone dealt with anything like this -- severe anemia with an IV iron allergy/reaction?
I had a horrible reaction to the dextran. theyre now giving me ferrlicit and i havnt had any troubles yet (ive only had 2 infusions so far. 6 more to go) maybe that one will work for you? I was really scared the first time they did the ferrlicit because of what happend with the dextran. I thought i was gonna die. it was wicked scary, but the ferrlicit hasnt given me a reaction
many years ago I had terrible iron deficiency and had to have Iron infusions. I got both Iron Dextran and Iron sucrose and was allergic to both but I had to keep getting them every 6 months because my numbers were so low. They premedicated me and did it in the hospital and admitted me for 3 -4 days each time. They were prepared for the reaction and as soon as I started having trouble breathing, I got breathing treatments, IV Steroids and lots of other medications. Luckily after 5 treatments I didn't need anymore and haven't needed it since. I had my RNY in October 2008 and I take Pruvate and so far my numbers are very good. I do see a hematologist every 4 months to make sure things are okay and my other doctors check me in between. The reaction isn't fun but if I need it again, Iwould get it again.