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#1 My4beautifulboys

Posted 14 March 2019 - 12:11 PM

I think I may have posted here before. I have low iron and always seem to have since having children. Last year I had an iron infusion and it brought my iron levels right up to above 100. Now after 10 months it’s back down to just above the acceptable range! My body seems to have trouble absorbing iron, as I do eat plenty of red meat in my diet. I am going to have another blood test in two months time, then may need another infusion.
The doctor suggested I take maltofer to assist in keeping my levels up. I have taken ferro grad c before and had success in that. But not sure if it will block me up or not, apparently the maltofer is kinder on the body. Just wondered has anyone else had success with taking iron supplements?

#2 too tired to care

Posted 14 March 2019 - 12:20 PM

I definitely prefer maltofor as it does not cause constipation like the other supplements do.

I am assuming you have had multiple tests to check what the cause of the low iron is as when it gets low enough for an infusion it quite often is something more than just not having enough iron in your diet. Mine was due to being a coeliac and now it is due to bad periods and not eating as well as i should.

#3 countrychic29

Posted 14 March 2019 - 12:29 PM

I am constantly low iron - e.g. low range is 20 and I'm always around 15 so not low enough for transfusion but they cannot give me a reason why it has been this way for 10 + years

Im currently back to taking Floravital - a natural iron liquid, has no side effects and in the past has increased my iron levels.
Back in 2 months to test again.

Im also currently so exhausted i can barely think and am in bed by 8.30pm each night - but you know blood tests results were fine!

#4 IamzFeralz

Posted 14 March 2019 - 12:45 PM

I am having the same problem.  I was 2.5 before infusion and 4.5 five months after.  GP wasn’t happy.  He ran all these tests which have come back negative.  I have started taking Maltofor supplements now and we will retest in a month.  He is having me take them every other day as apparently the result is nearly as good as daily.

I was tested for celiac, helicobactor (sp?), blood in stools (twice) and for a genetic condition for low iron.  Nothing!

Maybe some of us just don’t absorb iron well.  I am also trying to drink water with a dash of lemon/lime juice as I’ve heard citrus helps with it.  Also apparently moving tea and coffee away from main meals by an hour.

Edited by IamzFeralz, 14 March 2019 - 12:48 PM.

#5 IamzFeralz

Posted 14 March 2019 - 12:49 PM

I am not sure if some of us are using different measurements.  My test results say umol/L.

#6 My4beautifulboys

Posted 14 March 2019 - 03:15 PM

I’ve had a colonoscopy done, test for celiac ,  no problems found. The correct iron levels I was told should be between the range of 30 - 300, I’m not sure what the unit of measurement is though? Before the infusion early last year I was down to 10, then a month after went up to 130. Now I’m back down to 35. I’m going to try he ferro grad c, as I think the vit c does help with absorption. The doctor also said to me that taking it every second day helps better with absorbtion.
I remember when I was pregnant I struggled with iron then. I took a tablet form of supplement and it really helped get my levels normal. But I can’t remember which one it was now?
Thanks, interesting to know about the natural liquid form, glad it helped.

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