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My iron levels drop slowly as I've had a gastric bypass and can no longer absorb enough of it just from food. I'm meant to take supplements but without going into huge detail my long term mental illness means that I find it hard to care for myself and don't take them. Please don't give me a lecture on that as it won't alter the fact and I wish very much that I could take the pills properly.
Last year my ferritin went down to 4. A lovely trainee gp referred me for the infusion although I ended up going in for an emergency blood transfusion after having chest pains the next week.
6 months ago my ferritin was down to 15. My gp said all they can do is offer me iron pills and it's up to me if I take them.
Last week at my annual review my gp again said it's iron pills or nothing. I'm waiting for blood results now. I know it will be low as I'm shattered, muscle cramps, no appetite and depressed.
I don't see why I can't just have a yearly infusion to top me up and prevent all these symptoms. I know the gp is trying to encourage me to be responsible but after 30 yrs of mood swings you'd think he'd credit me with knowing what I'm capable of.
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