Iron Deficiency

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   Posted 8/24/2008 7:37 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been diagnosed with Iron Deficiency and been given a prescription of Ferrous Glutamate.

I have tried this for a couple of days and have very bad diarrhea and cramping.

Now what do I do? Iron supplements through a IV drip? or just eat more meat?


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   Posted 8/24/2008 8:20 AM (GMT -6)   

You should talk with your GI.  These are atypical symptoms of iron use, the most common side effect is constipation.


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dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

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   Posted 8/24/2008 9:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Iron preparations can be very irritating to the GI tract and can cause ulceration, bleeding and pain. Please stop taking the medication until you have talked to your doctor. You may need iron in a different form, as many of us don't tolerate traditional iron supplements.

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   Posted 8/24/2008 12:20 PM (GMT -6)   
When I was severely anemic last autumn I as put on a series of Venifer injections weekly for five weeks. That did the trick. I continue to take iron in vitamins and my GI has does bloodwork when I go in to see him every few months and my iron levels have been fine ever since.

The Venifer was done in the same infusion clinic where I go for my Remicade. "Injection" is a little misleading -- you have a line put in a vein, such as when you are getting saline drip or any other IV medication, and a LARGE syringe of what looks like chocolate syrup is injected into the line over five minutes. I felt a difference after the third treatment.

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9 Remicade infusions: 7/21/07; 8/18/07; 10/13/07; 12/15/97; 1/26/08; 3/8/08; 4/19/08; 5/24/08; 7/5/08; 8/15/08; Current meds & supplements: Lialda, 4 tabs in the morning; Xanax as needed (rarely); Tylenol Arthritis Formula or Tramadol as needed for arthritis pain; multivitamin w/folate; Culturelle; Fish oil capsules, calcium chews and/or Tums; Vitamin D; Past meds: Prednisone 4/06-4/08; Entocourt EC; Rowesa; Asacol; Colazal; Venofer (iron) injections Dec '07; Imuran (extremely bad reaction 2/07); Protonix;Lexipro

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   Posted 8/24/2008 7:03 PM (GMT -6)   
iron pills = bad for UC and colon.  excerbates inflammation.
i usually become extremely iron deficient when flaring cuz i bleed so much everytime i go to the toilet.
my doc has me get iron infusions.
its 6 hours with an IV, but then your good to go for months up to a year (if constantly bleeding - longer if your not).
much easier way and more comfortable on the guts thats for sure.
steph - 32 - female - UC since 2000
currently flaring again..  grrr! (triggered by stress - grrr)
mesalazine granules 3g x1 a day (much nicer than a million tablets a day)
enteric coated fish oil -omega 3 (so they get all the way to my colon)
vitamin D3 x1 a day
prednisolone 25mg x1 a day (ick ick and did i say ick?)
tumeric capsules x3 a day

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   Posted 8/24/2008 9:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been taking Slow FE, a time release formula and it not bothering me like the regular iron supplements.
49 year old female, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA maintenance for 20+ years, usually 3 pills 2x day. 
Currently tapering off presnisone from lingering flare;
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Tested gluten intolerant and started gluten-free, soy-free, etc. diet which resolved flare. Also Replete probiotic, DGL (licorice root, slippery elm), Permeability Factors. Slow-release iron and B-12 shots for severe anemia.

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   Posted 8/25/2008 7:21 AM (GMT -6)   
SlowFE is what I have used in the past when I was mildly anemic but if your count is too low, SlowFE can take too long to build up your blood. That is when you need infusions for a quicker result. SlowFE is very gentle on your system.
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   Posted 8/25/2008 7:41 AM (GMT -6)   

6 hours? What do you do during that time? Do they let you stand up? Watch a movie? Cable tv?
- DXed with "left sided" UC in 1998. DXed with "proctitis" Oct. 2007
- Sulfasalazine 3 500mg tabs twice daily
- 500mg Vitamin C, 1 Multivitamin, L-Glutamine
- Max Acidophillis EC Capsules 350Mg(7 types of bacteria with over 42 billion viable cells) with 50 Mg colostrum & 50 Mg FOS(fructo-oligosaccharides)
- Experimenting with this or that on occasion. Always open to new ideas.
- Colonoscopies - 2 (Due for my next one ASAP)
- Strangely I find that eating a turkey and ham sub from Subway with lots of vegis will help me come out of a flare. Why I don't know. I stay away from fats or my D will just get worse.

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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 8/25/2008 11:38 AM (GMT -6)   

Iron pills= nono

They gave me some iron supliments and I didn't do so good.So now I stay away from those little pills.

18 years old, College Student ~WAHOO GO CATS=)
Diagnosed in 2004
Currently on:
Imuran 3pills/day
And many other over the counter meds.

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