Lack of iron (or iron deficiency) is the most common vitamin and mineral insufficiency in the UK, affecting up to 4 million people.
An iron infusion provides iron directly into the blood stream so it can start to work immediately without having to be “digested” first. Consequently, there is 100% delivery of benefits straight to the target organs.
When you are deficient, symptoms can be quite varied and wide ranging. Some of the most common problems people complain of are feeling tired and having low energy levels. However, as blood circulates round the whole body, almost any organ can be affected and manifest in symptoms.
What are the symptoms of Iron deficiency?
- Thinning hair/hair falling out
- Pale skin
- Shortness of breath
- Mental fog/confusion
- Anxiety (and sometimes even depression like symptoms)
- Restless legs/muscle cramps
- Desire to eat non-food substances (ice/soil/paper) in severe cases!
How can you manage low iron?
If you are eventually diagnosed with low iron, the options available to you are limited or not very effective
You have the option of buying over the counter supplements – but you might as well throw your money down the drain, for all the use they are. Your GP could prescribe oral iron tablets. This might work but has manifold problems:
- Absorbs poorly and gives many people side effects such as – bloating, constipation, and black stool.
- You have to take a tablet 2-3 times a day
- It takes a VERY long time to work
However, an iron infusion provides a quick, safe and clinically validated solution to all these problems.
If you think you may have low iron, then you will need to complete the following questionnaire and have some diagnostic blood tests undertaken.
You will then be given an appointment with an experienced GP, who has been specially trained in the administration of these infusions.
How visiting an Iron Clinic can help
Before any treatment is begun, a thorough history will be taken and the cause of iron deficiency ascertained (common causes, include but are not limited to, heavy menstrual loss, pregnancy and gastric problems).
The GP will make sure that adequate steps are taken to address the underlying cause, either through discussing management with you or arranging a referral to the appropriate consultant for you to be seen.
During the infusion you will be closely monitored through – before, during and after. Depending on the amount of iron needed, the actual infusion will take between 15-30 minutes and you will be observed for a further 30 minutes post infusion.
Approximately 6-8 weeks after the infusion you will have repeat blood test to check how your levels have responded to the treatment.
In the vast majority of cases one single infusion is all that’s needed, and you’ll be back to feeling full of live and vitality.
All our GP’s are fully trained in detecting iron deficiency and providing iron infusions. GP’s work with a consultant gastroenterologist who oversees the Iron Clinic.