on 12/17/14 9:30 am - North York, Canada
hi all, so I did my 3 month blood work and my iron is crazy low :( it is only 7. I am taking ferrimax but it doesn't seem to be helping. Anyone else struggle with iron levels? Also, what about iron injections?? Ever tried them? Any feedback appreciated.
on 12/17/14 9:42 am
I haven't had my surgery yet so I can speak from a post-op bariatric person but I have had 3 back surgeries in the last year and they left me anemic and my iron was really low. I was taking 900mg daily and it wasn't budging my iron so they doctor suggested an irn injection IM (intramuscular) it had to be deep in the muscle and I tell you it hurt like an SOB !!! I told her I wouldn't do it again and went back to taking iron pills and let it come up n it's own. I know you can get Iron infusions as well but the doctor didn't feel my iron was low enough to warrant an iron infusion.
Referral May 14th/14, HRRH Orientation Aug/18th/14, Surgeon (Dr.Starr) Appt Nov/28th/14, Clinic Nurse,Social Worker, Dietitian Dec/15th/14, Dr.Glazer Feb/5th/15, OptiFast Feb/16th/15, PATTS Feb/17th/15, Surgery March 2nd/15 HW 230, SW 202, CW 130
I have chronic low iron since surgery 8.5 years ago. I too take Feramax but it always gets to a point where the supplementation is not enough and I am booked for iron infusions, which work perfectly and quickly. Many don't recommend iron injections as they don't work nearly as well as the infusions and (not that this is a huge deterrent) there is a chance that the iron will stain (permanently) your skin at the injection site.
As a post-op you will find that simply supplementing with pills at this point (your level is only 7!) will NOT work. My advice - see your doc ASAP to inquire about infusions.
on 12/18/14 5:54 am - North York, Canada
So I had my 3 month follow up at TWH today. I was told I have to take 300 elemental iron daily. If my levels do not improve by February, I will be getting infusions. So my question is should I take 2 feramax or 3 palifer? I am trying to be cost effective. Do you think it makes a difference? I am down 72 pounds and all other levels are done.
on 12/18/14 10:52 am - North York, Canada
on 12/20/14 7:07 am - Canada
I don't know the name of my iron pills, but I take three of them at bedtime. In addition, I had a 200mg iron needle for once a week for 5 weeks. Only now, after numerous years (way before surgery) has my iron finally climbed into the normal range. Once I do my next bloodwork in 6 months I'll know whether I require additional iron shots.