Just how much have I lost?

Thursday, January 10, 2013

All about the iron

Well it has been a while so I should probably update on what has been going on.  I have been having terrible pains in my legs.  So I went to my primary doctor.  She tested my blood and I came up with low iron.  She tested me again with some more things same results and then referred me to a hematologist. 
I was there for 5 seconds, she reads the results and says how many tampons do you use in a day?  I was like uh I am here because my legs hurt.  She proceeds to tell me that if I have this low iron that my legs are hurting all day I have to be losing blood somewhere.  She then says I need 4 iron transfusions, an ultrasound and a colonoscopy and more blood work.  WHAT! 
So fast forward two weeks.  I had my first iron transfusion on Tuesday.  Painful,like a burning while it was going in then a pain for about 2 hours after it was out.  My arm is still sore 3 days later.  I go again tomorrow.  My legs still hurt but I didn't expect everything to be better after one treatment.
I went for my ultrasound yesterday which I thought was just on the outside if you know what I mean.  She says to me , "ok go empty your bladder take your clothes off and then we will insert this inside you to finish the ultrasound"  Hello- I was not mentally prepared for this.  But we got it done and I should know tomorrow if I have fibroids which is causing heavy bleeding and low iron.

While getting the iron they said lap band patients they don't see but they see bypass patients all the time since their bodies no longer absorb the iron they need after the surgery.  So I guess that is a pro of band.

I got down to 173 the lowest I have ever been, but today I was back up to 175.  I been throwing up at least once a week still.  Yes I still need to get an unfill. My dr finally opened up another office closer to me and I plan to go soon.  The problem is I am taking off all this time for these iron appts and then I will have to leave early also for the band appt. It just doesn't look good, my bosses are not good at people taking off. 

I'll keep you posted for anyone who reads this.