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Blood transfusion and spine pain

scottishkrumpetsscottishkrumpet Posts: 35
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:52 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi, all. I know you may roll your eyes up when I tell you what happened to me a week ago. I suddenly started losing blood and I received a transfusion and IV iron treatments.

The next day I felt a surge of energy and along with that my back pain was greatly lessend. I dare not tell my PM as he has no sense of humor and he will ask me then why am I there. He never considers that the pain medication has done it's job.

I just thought I would like to know if anything like this has happened to others............


  • That's good to hear your back pain is better. I know with a low blood count and low iron, the "heme" hemoglobin, controls your oxygen to the rest of your body and one of the signs besides fatigue and faint and face color you can get tingling and numbness in your extremities or face and muscle spasms sometimes. So you're nerves were probably starved of oxygen and probably the blood and iron transfusions helped supply oxygen to your nerves. But this is an assumption and not medical fact that that's what happened of course.

    The exact opposite is when giving a blood transfusion we ask if the patient has any back pain to let the nurse know right away as that would be a bad reaction to the blood.

    I hope you continue to have less back pain with whatever happened. I believe it. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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