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I was reading on one of those "Self Diagnosis" sites about Adrenal Insufficiency (AI), and one of the things the site mentioned was that a state of low iron anemia makes AI less likely.

Does that mean that a state of low iron can disrupt adrenal function in otherwise healthy adrenals?

Below are my latest Iron/Anemia labs:[list]
[*]Ferritin, Serum - 8 (25-335)
[*]Iron - 66 (60-180)
[*]Iron Binding - 400 (200-400)
[*]Percent Saturation - 16.5% (14-55%)
[*]RBC - 4.77 (4.60-6.10)
[*]HGB - 13.4 (13.5-18.0)
[*]HCT - 39.2 (41.0-53.0)[/list]
Would these numbers explain my Adrenal problems, (as listed in the following thread), or can you have seperate unrelated AI and low iron problems?
http://www.healthboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=597944
Here is the rest of my CBC & other Anemia labs:[list]
[*]WBC - 4.8 (4.0-11.0)
[*]RBC - 4.77 (4.60-6.10)
[*]HGB - 13.4 (13.5-18.0) - Low
[*]HCT - 39.3 (41.0-53.0) - Low
[*]MCV - 82.3 (80.0-98.0)
[*]MCHC - 34.1 (32.0-36.0)
[*]RDW - 14.4 (11.5-14.5)
[*]PLT - 220 (130-400)
[*]RBC Folate - 1150.1 (Ref: >160)
[*]Vit B12 - 355 (Ref: >240)
[*]Relative Retic - 1.85% (0.1-2.0%)
[*]Absolute Retic - 88 (5-94)[/list]
MCV is getting pretty low, but still in the "normocytic" range.

As far as the cause of the low iron, I'm pretty sure it has to do with donating blood every 10 weeks for the last 6 1/2 years. I started taking iron suppliments last week, and will put the blood donations on hold indefinitely until I get my levels looking good again.

I'm just wondering if this self-inflicted stupidity has any effect on my Adrenal functioning, and if my ACTH vs Cortisol will improve as my iron levels normalize.

On the other hand, if Endocrin problems can cause anemia, maybe my adrenals were having problems first, and I had a greater disposition to developing an anemic state before the Red Cross took their first pint...

So, I guess the real question is which came first, and which needs to be corrected first?
Just food for thought... when I was testing for Cushing's, the good endo would check for low ferratin as a marker of that disease (as well as low vitamin D). So iron is effected, not sure how...

Now that I am addy (no adrenals), I still have low ferratin and low D and still struggle to get them up.
Never heard of the MCV thing... but I will look as mine as always on the low side...

I cannot give blood anymore as Cushing's gave me a platelet disorder.





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