Hi. I'm new to this Forum and am reassured to see that others are as confused as me about living with an MPN!
My question relates to iron deficiency and PV. There seems to be a dearth of information out there!
I was diagnosed with ET about four years ago. The diagnosis was revised to PV last Autumn. I'm under the care of the excellent team at Guy's Hospital. I've been having venesections about every six weeks and remain on aspirin every other day. My platelet count is around the 1250 / 1300 mark. As a result of the venesections I'm very iron deficient (NOT anaemic). Consequently between the ID and PV I'm feeling a little short of my usual vim and vigour (understatement!). I take 200mg of ferrous sulphate daily. Obviously the usual rules of resolving iron deficiency do not apply. Does anyone have experience of this? Symptoms? Management? Resolution?
I get the impression that I'm somewhere between a rock and a hard place: put up with the effects of the ID or embark on drug treatments (which may or may not alleviate the symptoms of ID and will certainly come with side effects of their own). Neither very attractive options and am keen to keep drug treatment at bay for as long as possible (which I am sure is the Prof's view). All experiences and suggestions gratefully received. Thank you!