I have had iron injections for the past 3+ years. I used to give them to myself in the top of my leg area. Now I have a wonderful husband that gives them to me in the butt. I get them weekly. If I try to slip much past that I end up not feeling so well. And yes, I have tattooing. On both my legs and my buttocks. Finaly my PCP recommended longer needles. So my butt is not as bad as it used to be. I have not had an injection in my legs in well over a year. And they still look terrible. I had a Ferritin count that dropped down to 2. Yes, 2. I had a gastric bypass about
6 yrs ago. And low ferritin levels can be one of the side effects of that surgery. I felt to terrible. And thank God I had a Doctor that knew to look for it. My numbers are back up to the 170 range at last check. The side effcts for me of low ferritin was I could not remember things. I felt like someone just pulled the enregy right out of my toes sometimes. And I could not breath well. I would almost knd of gasp for air at times. My hair was also falling out. Lots of headaches. I never had time to sit at the Hemotoligists office for the 4-6 hour IV's. I was working and a single mom. My boss was cranky about
me leaving for the Hemotoligist anyway. It took me about
18 months minimum to actually get my count any where near a normal range. Now I take the injections at home. And I take 120 mg of Bariatric Advantage iron a day. Bariatric Advantage makes pills special for the new stomaches of gastric bypass patients. But I couldn't take any of the OTC iron pills before either. They were so hard on my stoach and made me sick. Bariatric Advantage is good for anyone needed to take special supplements. I have friends with cancer that take Bariatric Advantage. And I had a girlfriend that was having iron issues while pregnant. I hooked her up with them also. Does it hurt? Well, you know, I walked into a Hemotologist office where people were actually dying from incurable cancers. And I figured any one of them would rather have a quick prick in the butt. And then be on with their lives. I guess it all depends on how your attitude is. I was so sick before them that I was glad they finally found something to help me. I think I do have a high pain tolerance. But it really doesn't hurt at all...just my oppinion.
Post Edited (ROSEKELLY) : 8/3/2010 7:49:27 PM (GMT-6)