I'm going to see a Hematologist at the end of the month.I had my first iron IV session today. It went well with no side effects. I'm hoping these infusions will help my fatigue. Four more sessions to go over the next few weeks.
I do feel more energy, but I wonder if it's a placebo effect. I've been told it takes a couple of weeks for the IVs to raise the hemoglobin. I didn't have any side effects like headaches.
The nurse took a blood sample for iron measurements before she put in the IV. I guess each time they will measure my hemoglobin/ ferritin, iron saturation. My next infusion is next week. I'll report back if my measurements change.
My GI prescribed five Iron Sucrose infusions. I'm in Canada, so didn't see a Hematologist. The nurse told me that all of the GIs direct the infusions to be slowly given over an hour, with a saline flush that takes 30 minutes (to watch and see if there are any reactions.) Nurse also said that the other doctors send their patients in for infusions that take less time, but there's more chance of a allergic reaction.
I've been eating more meat and trying to eat vitamin C or citrus with meals to up the iron absorption. & I didn't realize that calcium could block iron. I've been more careful not to take calcium supplements when eating meals. Eating liver is a great idea. I don't like straight liver but I've got a really good chicken liver pate recipe and I've been meaning to make it.