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(9 Posts)
NamasteNiki Sun 05-Nov-17 21:42:43

How bad is a haemoglobin of 8.2 and a ferritin of 6?

Graceadlerdesigns Mon 06-Nov-17 21:54:02

I think that is low. My dhs blood was 6 and he required a transfusion along eoth a long course of high strength iron tablets.

Have your docs not given you any info or guidace as to how they will treat it ?

WhatWouldLeslieKnopeDo Mon 06-Nov-17 21:57:30

Very low. Is it you? I hope you don't feel too grim flowers

If they don't offer a blood transfusion, at least ask if they'll do an iron infusion. It looks like rusty water and makes you feel a bit rough for a day or two, but much quicker than tablets.

BarbaraOcumbungles Mon 06-Nov-17 21:58:06

Mine are like that and have been for years and my drs don't seem fussed despite me feeling like absolute shit most of the time.

Cooksters Mon 06-Nov-17 22:16:47

If the iron deficiency is gradual, you will have only slowly reduced the haemoglobin and the body slowly 'aclimatises' and so you won't need a blood transfusion unless very symptomatic (breathless, palpitations etc). What you need is iron. Whether you get oral or IV iron Depends on the cause of the iron deficiency. Generally oral iron works just as quickly as IV iron (increase haemoglobin by ~1g/week) but oral iron not so good if the cause of iron deficiency related to gut absorption or side effects from oral iron. You also need the cause of it addressed (poor diet, malabsorption or heavy periods are usual causes).

NamasteNiki Mon 06-Nov-17 22:30:27

It is me.

Breathless, palpitations, heart rate goes through the roof when I stand up. Have sinus tachycardia.

Spoke to gp since. Am being sent for iron infusions. sad

thenightsky Mon 06-Nov-17 22:36:21

Timely thread.

Young adult DS is currently admitted tonight having red cell transfusion and tomorrow he will have iron transfused. This has crept up on him over the last 18 months to 2 years.

Hb of 65. Normal should be at least 135.

Mixed messages from different doctors since Friday. GP said urgent transfusion, go straight to A&E where he say Medical Registrar who said 65 is ok, go home. Back to A&E Sunday after he collapsed/fainted. A&E doctor said he should never have been sent home and Medical Registrar should be in deep shit for discharging him. Admitted to ward where Medical Reg again said don't worry its fine. What a saga.

Algebraic Mon 06-Nov-17 23:20:19

Yes very low sad I had 7.6 and had to have two blood transfusions and 10 weeks of iron tablets. You will feel much better after treatment. I'm now back to 13! Wishing you well

WhatWouldLeslieKnopeDo Tue 07-Nov-17 15:23:22

Good news about the iron infusions. You might ache a bit afterwards.

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