Low Hemoglobin

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tmlindsey
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   Posted 4/29/2009 7:09 AM (GMT -7)   
 
I had blood work done last week.  Dr. office called today telling me they are ordering me some iron pills to take 2x a day and then more blood work in a week.  They were all stressed out that my Hemoglobin was low.  It low hemoglobin dangerous?  I thought it just meant anemia but man that nurse was almost spastic.
 

PSA
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   Posted 4/29/2009 7:14 AM (GMT -7)   

Would you like to try something natural.

You can have fresh mint leaves. They help in increasing the Hb count within a week. The other thing which you can have is, Pomegranate Juice. Both these things would help you in getting back to normal. Iron capsules, in any case will be very good.


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Diagnosed UC October 1989
 
Had two stage J Pouch Surgery Nov 2005; Take Down March 2006
Complications after surgery - Incisional Hernia and Ano Fistulas
 
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Kittikatt
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   Posted 4/29/2009 7:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Depends on how low your hemoglobin is. If it were like at 5, you might need a blood transfusion. And is it just your hemoglobin that's low? Did they do an Iron w/TIBC Ferratin blood test to show what your Iron levels are compared to your hemoglobin?

My Iron has been low for over a year. The iron pills I take first really messed with my gut but I finally got used to them. But after a 1 1/2 years on Ferrous Sulfate, my Iron level is still below the normal range so I still get lethargic & have shortness of breath. My hemoglobin was at 10 before I had surgery a few weeks ago but my surgeon wasn't concerned about it since I was on the Iron supplements.

PSA, thanks for the info on the mint leaves and pomegranate juice...that's interesting. I haven't heard that helps with low hemoglobin.
Diagnosed in October, 2004 at age 32 (misdiagnosed with IBS in 2002)
37/F/SC
Current Rx's: Colazal (generic), Omeprazole, Ferrous Sulfate, Librax, One-A-Day multivitamin, Probiotic, Omega-3 Fish Oil, Vitamin D, Cranberry pills
Secondary conditions: swelling ankles, extreme fatigue, mouth ulcers, joint pain
Previous/occasional Rx's: Prednisone, Flagyl, Levaquin, Xifaxan, Carafate
4/7/09: Gall bladder removal laproscopic surgery (gall stones)


Valerie3
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   Posted 4/29/2009 8:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I forget where mine is now, but mine used to be at 2 (and my ferritin was also really low, I just forget what the actual number was), and they surprisingly never gave me a blood transfusion, they just said if it didn't turn around fast, I would need one. Obviously they don't want it to drop to 0 lol, so you must have had quite a low result.

Basically, hemoglobin is what carries oxygen through your red blood cells. It also contains iron. You really don't want your hemoglobin as low as mine was, it still baffles me why my doctor never just gave me the transfusions at that stage (this was prior to my diagnosis, before I had a GI). I was fainting if I even stood up for more than 1 minute at a time, literally. I fainted backwards onto a table saw one time and almost sliced my head open, but someone caught me. You don't want something like that to happen to you!

I take heme iron polypeptide (Proferrin). It seems to have no side effects like constipation compared to the ferrous sulfate, or at least for me. My GI gave me these pills, and from what I read, they're naturally derived, so they're made of the same components as the blood in your system, and in most people, they are as effective as transfusions. Not sure where they're available outside of Canada, but they may be something to look into for you (or anyone else who has trouble!)

PSA
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   Posted 4/29/2009 8:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kitti

Mint leaves and pomegranate juice are the best healers in case of anaemics. Can you believe, I used to dip down my Hb to 7.5, and touch wood never had to get on transfusion so far. Can you believe I used to have BMs 35 times a day for over 15 years. Still I would maintain my Hb count. In worst times I would also have Folvit or Fefol - 3 times a day. Even during my 1st stage surgery, which was open, and not laproscopy, I did not require blood transfusion.

One most important thing about pomegranate juice is that you need to take fresh juice. Instead of gulping it in one stroke, go slow, have it with teaspoon after a gap of few seconds. The reason being, it is very rich in its ingredients and has to be taken slowly.
 
Have only half a glass of pomegranate juice, twice a day.
 
Another very economical remedy is to have fresh juice of red carrots, salad leaves (beat roots) and ginger. It would help you in maintaining and getting back your Hb count.
 


45 years Male Attorney
Diagnosed UC October 1989
 
Had two stage J Pouch Surgery Nov 2005; Take Down March 2006
Complications after surgery - Incisional Hernia and Ano Fistulas
 
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle: Albert Einstein
 
"What you are aware of you are in control of; what you are not aware of is in control of you."
 

Post Edited (PSA.Delhi) : 4/29/2009 9:32:06 AM (GMT-6)


lenagirl
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   Posted 4/29/2009 9:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Like others said, whether or not it's dangerous depends on exactly how low it is and also whether it's continuing to drop or increasing/stable. You would probably be able to tell if your hemoglobin was low enough that it's something to be super concerned about, because it causes extreme fatigue, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, and pale skin. Also, if it was really dangerously low, they'd probably give you a blood transfusion (or at least iron injections) rather than an oral iron supplement. If I were you, I'd ask for a copy of the results and/or find out the exact hemoglobin level.
It's weird that they're only having you wait a week on iron before taking another test though. My GI told me it takes about a week for hemoglobin levels to start increasing from iron supplementation (and it can take even longer for us Crohnies because we tend to have a harder time absorbing it), so don't be surprised if the next test doesn't show too much improvement. If you're feeling okay, though, I wouldn't sweat it too much, just take those iron pills. Having some vitiman c (like a glass of orange juice) with them helps with absorption too.

PSA
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   Posted 4/29/2009 11:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Anemia:

High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

Ulcers:

The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.
45 years Male Attorney
Diagnosed UC October 1989
 
Had two stage J Pouch Surgery Nov 2005; Take Down March 2006
Complications after surgery - Incisional Hernia and Ano Fistulas
 
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle: Albert Einstein
 
"What you are aware of you are in control of; what you are not aware of is in control of you."
 


njmom
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   Posted 5/1/2009 7:41 AM (GMT -7)   
It's hard for us to tell, without more info, how low your iron really is. We would need to know the exact number for the hemoglobin.
 
You are entitled to a copy of your lab results. They will not only provide exact numbers, but also let you know the range of what is normal. They also helpfully say, right on the lab report, which ones are above or below normal, often putting an "H" (high) or "L" (low) right next to any result that poses a potential problem.   
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