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MRSSCHENCK Posts: 1,617
5/29/12 9:40 A

I hope you've seen your doctor. I'm also anemic and it can lead to serious health complications if not treated. My doctor prescribed 65 mg 3 times a day. He also wanted me to have a blood transfusion, but I refused.

I went to a nutritionist to get a list of foods that contained the most iron.

Also, when you take your iron supplements, they need to be taken with foods/juice that contain vitamin C. There are other foods that inhibit the absorption of iron supplements. It's important to have a list of these foods.

By working with the medical team that I have in place, I was able to get my iron levels out of the 'danger' zone.

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5/27/12 11:27 P

This is just a thought, not medical advice. A friend of mine was having serious trouble with iron levels and other ailments. Taking supplements did not help. This went on for years before she was finally diagnosed with celiac disease (a serious gluten intolerance). It's something to ask your doctor about.

You should ask your doctor BEFORE you try eliminating wheat from your diet. There's a test they can run to check for celiac, but if you eliminate gluten before taking it, you can get a false negative.

Whatever the cause, keep after your doctor until you get it diagnosed and treated. Good luck.

NAYPOOIE Posts: 12,081
5/25/12 2:49 P

If you're already taking supplements and your iron is still low, you've got something else going on. Definitely see a doctor, and keep poking at it until you know what's wrong and what to do about it.

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5/25/12 3:19 A

Yes contact your doctor! As mentioned, too much iron can be toxic. you need to get some tests done to find out why your levels are so low to begin with, there could be an underlying cause that needs to be addressed [when I had an iron deficiency it turned out I was pregnant]

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5/24/12 5:52 P


While SparkPeople is a great community of support and encouragement when it comes to questions like this, we ask that you contact your doctor who is most familiar with your medical history. No one should ever take iron supplements without medical supervision as it can be quite toxic and could lead to heart and liver issues.

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5/24/12 4:12 P


You should talk to your doctor first ! We don't know anything about you or your medical history. so we aren't qualified to give you medical advice. A person has to be careful when taking iron supplements because taking too much can be toxic. That's why you MUST talk to your doctor before making any changes to your iron intake.

Please talk to your doctor ASAP. I don't know why the weight loss clinic didn't have you call them when they told you earlier.

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5/24/12 4:04 P

Help! I'm new here so I figured I'd get some support from the community. The weight loss clinic I just signed up with did some blood work on me and came back with seriously low iron levels in my blood. They said if I don't get a blood infusion fast, the consequences will be serious.

I thought I was doing the right thing by taking iron supplements (65 mg per serving). Should I double it?

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