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Scott Francis Baker

January 10th, 2008

Iron is so old school, I need some stainless steel @ 02:47 pm

My doctor determined that I'm anemic, and that is probably what is causing my tiredness. He prescribed Ferrous Sulfate to get my iron levels up, and get me feeling better. This has the unfortunate side effect of really causing my stomach to go into upheaval. The alternative is Ferrous Gluconate which is supposed to be easier on the stomach, but a lower dosage. Seems like even the Ferrous Gluconate is now upsetting my stomach, and I'm taking about a third the dose.

The problem is that I'm still feeling tired during the day, which means that what I'm taking probably isn't helping as much as I'd like. The next step is to get an actual iron infusion directly (via IV). The doctor said to do that they have to refer me to a hematologist, and then set me up with an appointment at one of the local hospital's infusion clinics. That's gonna take a while to get setup and it's a pain in the butt.

I'm really hoping that the iron I am taking will start to help, but I'm not real hopeful at this point.
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Date:January 10th, 2008 11:11 pm (UTC)

Just a suggestion

I was anemic for a few years and prone to fainting as a result. My doctor prescribed B12 shots, which worked wonders. You can be taught to give them to yourself, or, if your company has a nurse/doctor on site, as mine did, you can get your doctor to arrange for them to administer the shot.
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Date:January 10th, 2008 11:58 pm (UTC)

Re: Just a suggestion

I need to find out if we're talking about an infusion (wherein I have to sit down for an hour while the put stuff in my arm) or a single shot. I got the impression it was a full blown infusion but I'm not sure.

Scott Francis Baker