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i too am puzzled by all this info. i have been on and off iron RX for the last 3 years. before then i do not know of needing it. my levels are steadly going down and now are extremely low. my doctor wants me to go to a hemotologist. my ferritin is 5 (norm 10-291), my saturation is 3 (norm 15-55) and my iron serum is 15 (norm 35-155). i have had an EGD and colonoscopy and they found some internal hemmeroids but nothing else. i guess i should mention i am 31 years old, 2 children, and have a normal cycle every 21 days.

i have frequent headaches behind my left eye, heart palpitations, racing heart, sometimes dizziness and ringing in the ears, like being lightheaded. fatigue easily, low body temp, low to norm blood pressure, some mouth sores. some mornings i wake up with a killer headache and hubby says i stop breathing for about a minute. maybe thats the headaches?!?!

i have discussed iv iron and iron injections and my doctor wants me to see specialist instead of putting me thru all this when it prob won't work. says my body is not using the iron.

i just want to feel better and have enough energy to loose some weight and play with my kids more.


[This message has been edited by moderator3 (edited 03-28-2002).]

Hi, I also have a low ferritin level. Mine was 4, now went up to a 6. What is your hemoglobin? Mine is 121. I get low grade headaches, have pasty skin color, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, and sometimes extreme muscle fatigue. Doctors feel mine is due to mal-absorbtion due to Crohn's disease. I am presently working on ways to increase it. Everything from iron tonics, a small glass of rich red wine with meals (I was told this is good for building blood) how true it is, I don't know but I guess I will see, when I get retested.
Was also told to eat a lot of leafy green vegetables. Read that exercise stimulates the bone marrow to produce blood cells, that sunshine stimulates blood-making ( I ,like that one). Vitamin D assists in making blood, proper rest, atleast 8 hrs per night, but not too much more, proper posture, and fresh air. Once you get your iron levels up, you probably will get rid of your headaches and other symptoms. Good -luck.
[quote]Originally posted by Miracasi:
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Hi, I also have a low ferritin level. Mine was 4, now went up to a 6. What is your hemoglobin? Mine is 121. I get low grade headaches, have pasty skin color, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, and sometimes extreme muscle fatigue. Doctors feel mine is due to mal-absorbtion due to Crohn's disease. I am presently working on ways to increase it. Everything from iron tonics, a small glass of rich red wine with meals (I was told this is good for building blood) how true it is, I don't know but I guess I will see, when I get retested.
Was also told to eat a lot of leafy green vegetables. Read that exercise stimulates the bone marrow to produce blood cells, that sunshine stimulates blood-making ( I ,like that one). Vitamin D assists in making blood, proper rest, atleast 8 hrs per night, but not too much more, proper posture, and fresh air. Once you get your iron levels up, you probably will get rid of your headaches and other symptoms. Good -luck.[/b][/quote]

Just thought I would pass this along in case anyone didn't know already....

Drinking a lot of tea can be bad for anyone with iron deficient anemia. Tea is very high in tannins which bind iron in the intestine causing absorption to be diminshed (I've read up to 75% reduction). So, if you drink tea, you should do so between meals or when/if you take iron supplements. Many other foods have tannins, but tea has a huge amount. I was born anemic and am now 31 so have had a bit of self testing with this and I've found that I was not getting great results from iron supplements when I drank a lot of tea. Good luck to everyone battling this problem.





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