I am prone to allergic reactions, but did not have any. A brief history of my medical saga is that, although I was often sick as a child, after reaching puberty I was disgustingly healthy until the day after Thanksgiving in the year 2000.
I lay in a recliner, the nurse offered a warm blanket :-), they set you up and you get your iron. Thu, April 7, 2011 @ PM Hi Lisa, I have just started my first series of iron transfusions yesterday. My iron level is 4, my hemoglobin is 8, and my platelets 66. The only side effects that I have experienced are swelling in the feet, ankles and hands, and not wanting to eat. I know this will take awhile, but hopefully it will help me. That Friday I woke up feeling like I'd been run over by a truck during the night & haven't had any long term improvements since.
My ferritin level is critical and I have many unpleasant symptoms everyday including depression, pain in joints, numbness in feet and hands, extremely painfull shooting pains in arms, legs and tougue (yes, my tongue) that wake me up at night, restless leg syndrome, extreme fatigue..the llist goes on.
I got my doctor to agree to an iron infusion and I am looking forward to seeing how this will affect me.
However, overall, the autoimmune stuff has not been as bad as later developments.