long story short.
i have had ulcerative colitis for years now and i started paleo in august 2012 to hopefully get in remission. i didn't eat animal products for 5 years before this so i added in meat, eggs, and cheese. so far, my UC has improved some- diarrhea less, pain less, frequency down. my main problem is my anemia and low hemoglobin. i've had to get 3 blood transfusions since november 2012 and my doctor called me yesterday to say i need my colon out and also need more blood transfusions. i can't rely on other's people's blood forever.
the only thing is that i don't see a lot of blood in the toilet. it's not every day either. i just had a tranfusion in february and my hemoglobin already dropped from 10 to 7 (normal is 12-15 for women). i experience all the typical symptoms of anemia/low RBC- numbness/tingling, headaches, exhaustion, dizziness, fast heartrate.
i am just at a total loss of what to do. i figure my iron/hemoglobin levels would have improved with paleo but they've only gotten worse as the months go on. any ideas? could it be something other than my UC?
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on March 17, 2013
at 09:11 AM
PPIs like Omeprazole seem to cause low iron levels so IF you're on those, or have been, that could be a factor. Stopping them suddenly can cause a rebound effect on stomach acid so tapering off is the answer.
If I needed to bring up my iron levels I'd get some liver tablets and eat them regularly - multiple times a day. Just check that the ingredients are solely desiccated liver and not all sorts of other stuff that seems to be put in a few brands. If you're curious about how far some people have taken it (in terms of quantity) google "Vince Gironda liver tablets".
I believe, in healthy people at least, that the heme iron in liver is much harder to overdose on, unlike the iron in supplements and vegetables. It's also more available.
The tablets I used in the past were Nature's Life - they are quite big but I could swallow two or three at a time, much to my surprise.
on March 25, 2013
at 01:18 AM
I ended up finding out what the problem is. I have hypogammaglobulinemia. it's a blood disorder that makes it basically impossible for me to absorb any iron. I guess that's why none of the 14 iron infusions I got ever worked as well as my blood transfusions.
I will be starting IVIG therapy hopefully to find some relief. This infusion will be from 1,000 healthy donors and is approx. 4-6 hours. I'm pretty nervous but I need to do something drastic to get my blood levels up since diet/supplements does not work.
I did start taking liver tablets last week as well as blackstrap molasses. not sure if they are doing anything, but I figured they wouldn't hurt. I also made a meatloaf with beef liver and that was interesting. the taste of liver is not something I really enjoy to be honest haha but I made a huge meatloaf and I never waste good quality meat.
on March 17, 2013
at 07:05 AM
It happened to me, but I am not sure in your case. Stay strong!
I had SIBO, the doctor did not recognize it, gave me PPI, I got worse on PPIs AND both my iron (all iron tests including ferritin) dropped, as well as protein.
I was like, "Doc, WHY? I eat meat and spinach EVERY DAY!"
His answer was "I don't know".
I no longer have SIBO and my iron is back up! Well, I ate more liver than the whole Masai tribe could in one entire year as well as tons of red (almost uncooked) meat.
But I could do it. Not sure if you can do it in your condition. Check with your doctor. Go for second and third opinions.