Is this a problem from taking Iron???

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HabsHockeyFan
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   Posted 10/29/2007 8:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I am having those "Charley Ass" pains a lot lately.  It really started around the time we upped my B12 and I actually started taking the iron (and Ca, Folic Acid, C & D).  I am thinking about going to every other day on the iron if it is the cause.  I know...there may be other issues like nasty inflammation, but those are being dealt with in the future days after a SBFT.
Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, B12 weekly, Pentasa [until I surrender to the bigger meds]
I'm riding on the escalator of life....


njmom
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   Posted 10/29/2007 10:28 AM (GMT -7)   

My daughter is iron deficient and so takes 25 mg iron daily. If she tries to take it every other day, or even 5 out of 7 days, her iron and hemoglobin start dropping.

Are you sure it's the iron...sounds like you started a lot of new stuff at once. The following info mentions that it could be an electrolyte imbalance.

"It is not known exactly why muscle cramps develop. Insufficient stretching before exercise, exercising in the heat, and muscle fatigue may all play a role in their causation. Imbalances in the levels of electrolytes (sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium and phosphate) in the blood can also lead to muscle cramps." 

http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=47633 


gachrons
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   Posted 10/29/2007 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Just wanted to say if you get a bad one in your calf put your foot on the cold floor it takes them away a lot faster . lol gail

HabsHockeyFan
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   Posted 10/29/2007 12:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks guys...I'm not so sure it is muscular, but digestive tract cramping causing pains in the butt and groin area. I was thinking the iron was blocking me up more than normal for me and the stress was causing the pain. Or just the iron itself irritating the digestive lining--after all it is not used to getting iron!

njmom...thanks for the warning. I was pretty iron/B12 deficient and that was what put me into the supplements more...I was seeing stars just taking a shower and fainting pretty easily. I feel 100% better with more B12 and the iron so I don't want to mess that up
...this just hurts enough that walking and sitting are pretty uncomfortable and going potty is downright painful....lesser of two evils time.
Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, B12 weekly, Pentasa [until I surrender to the bigger meds]
I'm riding on the escalator of life....


CrazyHarry
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   Posted 10/29/2007 9:13 PM (GMT -7)   
i am taking over 100 mg iron right now and have doubled the dose of my b-12 all due to anemia. i also take a calcium/mag supplement and cod liver oil for the omega fatty acids and vitamins a and d. with all this stuff i have not experienced any of the pains you mentioned. granted iron can cause constipation so i made sure i got a brand that said it did not cause it and was gentle on the stomach.
Crazy Harry

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