Iron pills, Lupron injections, and the return of little Miss Perky

When I hear the word perky, I am reminded of a former coworker. He once told me that he initially disliked me because I was too perky and found it impossible to believe that anyone could come to work and be that happy every single day. Of course, he mentioned this after we became good friends. 😉

The severe anemia from my fibroids put a huge dent in my “perkiness factor”. Hard to be happy when you feel weak and faint all of the time. Fortunately, the combination of iron pills and Lupron shots helped to raise my original Dec 2005 hemoglobin level of 6.7 g/dL to 11.2 by May 2006. A normal hemoglobin level is >12. Wow. Almost normal. I like the way that sounds. Almost normal. Think I’ll put it on a T-shirt. Yep, the perkiness has returned.

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5 Responses to “Iron pills, Lupron injections, and the return of little Miss Perky”

  1. Lindalou Says:

    how did you like your lupron treatments? Any side effects you’re worried about? I;m reading a lot of web stuff saying how awful it is for you to take Lupron and advising to avoid at all costs. What is your experience?

  2. EclecticGeek Says:

    Yes, I also saw tons on the Internet saying run away from Lupron. One of the reasons why I started the site. I try to show “the good, the bad, and the ugly”. Nothing is perfect. Weigh the benefits vs. the risks with any treatment.

    I posted quite a bit about my 3-month Lupron adventure. There’s a couple with general info and then a separate post for each month describing my side effects. This post sums up my experience:

    Lupron is neither heaven nor hell

    Best way to find my other Lupron posts is to visit this page:

    How are you feeling after your Lupron injections? Any side effects?

    For me, it wasn’t great but also not horrible. It helped me to get a step closer to better health so it was worth it. Please post again or email me if you have additional questions or concerns.

    Thanks for visiting and commenting. Take care.

  3. Period! Says:

    Thanks for this post I got the lupron shot back in late September 06 and I have not had a period since. I’m starting to get worried but my doctors said sometimes it takes 3-6 months for woman to get their periods back.

    and yes….the hot flashes were hot….I’m happy that stuff is out of my system. I’m not sure if I would take the shot again if I had to, only because in hindsight I had my myometomy in November and the shot started the fibroid to shrink but not substantially…

    Z

  4. Z....Period! Says:

    by the way my fibroid was 14.3 cm wide….the size of a grape fruit….and I’m so happy I had the myomectomy I have my body back and hopefully we can get a chance to start our family.

    Z

  5. EclecticGeek Says:

    Hi Z,

    Yes, sometimes it can take several months to return to normal. I think it took me about 4 months before a normal period returned. I have a bunch of Lupron posts including this one that explain how Lupron works:

    Tell me about Lupron, Synarel, and Zoladex (gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists)

    I also have a page where you can talk about your Lupron experience:

    How are feeling after your Lupron injections? Any side effects?

    One last link. I’m assuming you had an AM:

    How are you feeling after your Abdominal Myomectomy? (part 3)

    I’m happy to hear your myomectomy went so well. Best wishes with everything! 🙂


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