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I'm a little confused about the results of an iron panel I recently had done. I took the test while fasting before 10am. I wanted to have everything tested because I've been feeling very lethargic lately...more tired than usual (I'm often fatigued - have been for years), no drive to do anything, racing heart beat... It seems like I'm cold more than usual too, and starting late last year I began to develop floaters in my eyes for the first time in my life (I'm only 27). I went from zero floaters to probably around 40+. I also still have unexplained neuropathy type symptoms in my feet, muscle pain, weight gain, etc. I'd never had my iron tested, so I thought, why not?

Here are my results:

Iron Bind.Cap.(TIBC) 368 ug/dL (lab range of 250-450)
UIBC 303 ug/dL (lab range of 150-375)
Iron, Serum 65 ug/dL (lab range of 35-155)
Iron Saturation 16 % (lab range of 18-55)
Ferritin, Serum 51 ng/mL (lab range of 15-150)

To my disappointment, everything appears to be normal, save for iron saturation. According to some research I did, anything below 20% is actually a bit of a red flag. My doctor, however, didn't seem to care. But he's TERRIBLE with nutrition-related things like this. Absolutely terrible. I have yet to find a doctor who isn't.

I just wanted to post here and ask for advice, because I don't understand whether there's an issue here or not with my iron. I'm so frustrated. I just want to figure out why I don't feel well!





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