Low RBC/Iron count?

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Valerie3
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   Posted 2/20/2009 1:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,

Both my red blood cell count and iron counts are extremely low. I was given iron pills to take 3 times daily, but I was wondering if this will help with my red blood cell count too? (I don't know much about this if you can't tell!) I was reading this morning that folic acid helps with creating red blood cells, so should I start taking a folic acid supplement? I was also just put on Pentasa yesterday and I think I remember reading that people on Pentasa have to take folic acid pretty often.

Thanks!

Valerie3
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   Posted 2/20/2009 4:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Does the iron help with my red blood cell count as well? I don't really understand the mechanics of it all too well. I know that it was low enough that my doctor was debating giving me blood transfusions, so it really concerns me more than the iron does.

I can handle orange juice on some days, so I will try that.

I think I have been losing a bit of blood in my stool, not sure how much. There were a couple of times I noticed blood clots though, any idea what might have caused that? That was only for about 2 days or so, the only other blood I've noticed was when wiping or mixed in with solid stool, but it isn't an every day thing for me.

CrazyHarry
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   Posted 2/20/2009 7:01 PM (GMT -7)   
avoiding the scientific explanation, yes iron will help increase your rbc.

DO NOT take an iron supplement that is ferrous sulfate based no matter what your doc says. it is rough on the system and causes constipation. the most popular brand is slow-fe. avoid it. go to a health food store and ask for help there.

my advice would be to hold off on the blood transfusions as long as you can.

increase iron rich foods - red meat, liver, dark leafy greens, etc. cook your meat no more than medium rare.

blood can be mixed/absorbed in with the stool so you can be bleeding and never know. if your stool is dark that is one of the first indicators that there may be a problem.
Crazy Harry

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Valerie3
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   Posted 2/20/2009 7:35 PM (GMT -7)   
My family doctor originally put me on Palafer - ferrous sulfate. I stopped taking it after about 3 weeks because of the constipation.

My new G.I. gave me Proferrin yesterday - It says it's a Heme Iron Polypeptide. Has anyone tried this? There doesn't seem to be a lot about it in Google. It says to consult your doctor before using it if you have Crohn's though, which slightly concerns me I suppose.

LittleSisSmurf
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   Posted 2/20/2009 8:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Ive read a few posts in which slow-fe is easier on the person taking it. I like it especially if it tends to bind me up since Im never binded...lol  It reeealy is a hit and miss with this disease. I cant eat red meat..especially ground beef. I have a burger and It kills me. If you can though..its a good source of iron.          Good luck

Rider Fan
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   Posted 2/20/2009 8:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Valerie3 said...
My family doctor originally put me on Palafer - ferrous sulfate. I stopped taking it after about 3 weeks because of the constipation.

My new G.I. gave me Proferrin yesterday - It says it's a Heme Iron Polypeptide. Has anyone tried this? There doesn't seem to be a lot about it in Google. It says to consult your doctor before using it if you have Crohn's though, which slightly concerns me I suppose.


Very interesting. If I'm ever brave enough to try a supplement again, I might try this one.
32 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

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Tried SCD, didn't work, now avoiding gluten and dairy.


Valerie3
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   Posted 2/20/2009 8:25 PM (GMT -7)   
LittleSisSmurf said...
Ive read a few posts in which slow-fe is easier on the person taking it. I like it especially if it tends to bind me up since Im never binded...lol It reeealy is a hit and miss with this disease. I cant eat red meat..especially ground beef. I have a burger and It kills me. If you can though..its a good source of iron. Good luck


I eat tons of red meat already sadly :( Don't think I can eat much more! Makes it frustrating though, since my diet should be helping, but it doesn't.

Rider - I'll let you guys know how I react to the Proferrin. I'm hoping that it goes better than Palafer did for me. :(

Julia Hill
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   Posted 2/21/2009 7:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Valerie,

I know when I have iron infusions it takes up to 2 weeks to form red blood cells. I have never had a problem with bleeding with my crohns, my hemotologist told me that after three bowel resections (TI) I no longer absorb iron and that is why I am anemic. He also said that when taking iron, one also needs B-12 and folic acid as the three work together.

All the best,
Julia

spookyh
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   Posted 2/21/2009 1:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I prefer iron infusions to pills. However, I recently read about chelated iron, and it's supposed to be a lot easier on the system than other iron pills. Carlson's and Solgar are two brands out there, and I'm sure there are more.
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