My hemoglobin is normal!!!!!!!

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Aimee =)
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   Posted 11/15/2007 9:33 PM (GMT -7)   
It hasn't been above 12 in years - that iron infusion did the trick and it's now 12.2!
I don't feel much diff in energy levels but haven't craved ice in weeks. Doc thinks my body will slowly adjust to the new levels of iron and I'll feel better in coming months.

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   Posted 11/15/2007 9:35 PM (GMT -7)   
YAYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats!
Finally Dx- April 13 2007 (age 26) ilio-crohn's-colitis. Surgeries:appendectomy, cholecystectomy, tonsillectomy, pinidal cyst removed,emergency abdominal surgery for hemorrhaging ovary from burst ovarian cyst, LEEPcervix, emergency abdominal surgery for grapefruit sized ovarian cyst removal, D and C of uterus, lumpectomy of breast.
MEDS: remicade, prednisone, Asacol TID, protonix, metformin, buspar, trazodone, multi V, B complex, flaxseed. Vegetarian, leaning towards vegan. no nuts, seeds, or wheat.
Many allergies. Polycystic ovarian syndrome, anxiety, depression, ITP 
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   Posted 11/15/2007 9:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow... i just got my blood work back.. hemoglobin still at 10 and hematocrit down to 30. Also.. now my ferrtin is only 6. Have no clue what that means. Prof

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   Posted 11/15/2007 9:45 PM (GMT -7)   
sweet. i know the feeling. granted for me it has just been a matter of like 9-10 months though, but in this time i had to get 2 blood transfusions. my hemoglobin is at just under 12, the bottom range for normal according the doctors in the US. i tried the natural way first of more dark leafy greens, medium rare red meat and natural iron supplements like floradix (plant based iron supplement) and organic dessicated buffalo liver. this didnt seem to work well for me but the otc iron pills seem to be working (doc didnt want to give me an iron infusion). my hemoglobin jumped just over a point in one weeks time which amazed me cos as of late it was taking over a month to get results like that. i think what did it, and a possible cause to my anemia, was quitting the 6-mp (purinethol). i quit that med and in a weeks time my hem, hematochrit, and wbc all jump over a point. coincidence???

anyhoo, great news aimee! hopefully it can keep getting better and stay that way.
Crazy Harry

Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07

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   Posted 11/16/2007 5:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi I am glad you are feeling much better.
Hi, I am teddybearweiser, I am a male.
I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital
in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.
 My GI doctor has me on Asacol, Dicyclomine,Imuran,Celebrex and Remicade. B-12 injection once a month.
My Internest doctor has me on Lisnopril-HTCZ and Folic Acid. Diagnosed
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   Posted 11/16/2007 7:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Thats great !!!.. I go get my labs today to see where I'm at.
23 year old married female Diagnosed Sept '03 still fighting for remission longest break was 9 mths
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   Posted 11/16/2007 4:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Aimee so happy to hear you are getting back on track I am sure it will make improvement in you. lol gail

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   Posted 11/16/2007 11:31 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Prof,

What it means is that you are seriously iron deficient and need iron supplementation right away. Maybe an infusion.  

Ferrritin of only 6 means your iron storage has dwindled to almost nothing. The lowest end of normal is 36.

The lowest end of normal for hematocrit is 37, so your hematocrit is well below normal.

Your hemoglobin is below normal, too.  

The low hemoglobin and hematocrit make sense because the ferritin (iron stores) is so low. 

Post Edited (njmom) : 11/18/2007 10:39:30 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 11/16/2007 11:35 PM (GMT -7)   

CrazyHarry, thanks so much for your post! My daughter's iron took a nose dive while she was on Pentasa, but the GI ridiculed me when I said there appeared to be a connection.

She went off the Pentasa, and her iron went up.

Post Edited (njmom) : 11/18/2007 10:39:48 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 11/29/2007 8:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh man I know the feeling. When I was first diagnosed my Hemoglobin was 7, Hematocrite was 25%, Iron % was 2, and my platelets were 975,000. It was nuts. They sent me over to the hospital to get IV fluid and a blood transfusion, but put the transfusion off when my hemoglobin went to 8 after the fluid. I am always anemic because I have a blood disorder called Spherocytosis which means my red blood cells are weak, and lack a no spleen for 17 years. I am glad that you are feeling good and energized!
Diagnosed: 2003, age 18 (had issues with it since I was 12)
Meds for crohns: 20mg Prednisone, 9mg Entocort, 400mg Remicade, 50mg 6-MP, 40mg Prilosec, 1mg Folic Acid, 5/325 Percocet.
Other medical issues: Hereditary Spherocytosis (hemolytic anemia) iron deficient anemia, polyarthralgia, ovarian cysts, Migraines
Surgeries: Spleen and gallbladder out at age 6, Tonsils and Adenoids out at age 21. Looking at resection surgery this year.

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   Posted 11/29/2007 8:08 PM (GMT -7)   
good for you! congrats!
Newbie - 35 yrs old Diagnosed: 08/03/07
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Imuran 50MG 3 x day
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