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Any experience with iron infusions?

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Has anyone recently had an iron infusion? Would you mind sharing your experience? I may possibly need one and I’m on the fence. 

What say you, TT fam?

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4 hours ago, NerdyToothpick said:

Has anyone recently had an iron infusion? Would you mind sharing your experience? I may possibly need one and I’m on the fence. 

What say you, TT fam?

They're really easy Nerdy. I had one back in March last year. The best and safest way to get a lot of iron into your bloodstream quickly. It takes about 30 minutes these days...straight in via an IV. My only issue has been that my iron stores have continued to increase since the infusion to the point that I have to start a therapeutic venesection now to get rid of some of the ferretin.  I do have heredity hemochromatosis though. Originally my iron levels fell so low that the specialist thought I'd he fine and need infusions regularly.... This was the one time he was wrong.

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@Aussie Bear I feel like a little kid who is afraid of a shot. Does it hurt or make you feel woozy afterwards? What do you wish you knew before your first infusion?

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On 6/16/2019 at 10:23 PM, NerdyToothpick said:

@Aussie Bear I feel like a little kid who is afraid of a shot. Does it hurt or make you feel woozy afterwards? What do you wish you knew before your first infusion?

Sorry Nerdy, I've been away and haven't been checking in lately. I felt fine when I had mine. Cannula going in didn't really hurt, but the position they put it in was annoying. I knew I'd be laying down for about half an hour while it was done so took a book, but the angle of the cannula needle made it painful to hold the book to read it. If I was tired I would have just slept it off. I googled about them before I even booked it, so I didn't feel like I needed to know anything else. Wasn't like I had a choice to have it, and when I have to have something anyway (like an internal), I just resign myself to it, pull on the big girl panties, and get it over and done with as quickly as possible. Big change from my younger years though!!!!

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I just had an iron infusion 2 weeks ago. No issues. Hooked up the IV, got some fluids started, switched to the iron and it was done. Easy peasy. No after effects. I did make sure I was properly hydrated, as I do know it makes it easier to find a vein. 

I also have hereditary hemachromatosis, and had so much iron that I had to have 4 draws done to get rid of the excess.....that was one too many, as I then ended up with an iron deficiency....go figure....

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