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Hi all -

I was reading the ferritin posts and I have a quick question. I get confused about whether or not low ferritn causes symptoms other than hair loss. My doc says no - as long as my hgb and what not are good then the ferritin does not matter. My ferritin is any where from 3 -7 at the most. They all say its ok but I never feel good and I have anxiety/panic problems. As I said, all other iron tests are normal except for my iron store ( I am hypothyroid too as well though). I see people have transfusions - is that because your hemoglobin is low or for just low ferritin? I am SO confused!!!! :dizzy: Oh yea and I have constant dizziness/ear ringing that they say has nothing to do with the low ferritin, I am not sure though??

If you have read this - thank you!
[QUOTE=sahaira]Hi all -

I was reading the ferritin posts and I have a quick question. I get confused about whether or not low ferritn causes symptoms other than hair loss. My doc says no - as long as my hgb and what not are good then the ferritin does not matter. My ferritin is any where from 3 -7 at the most. They all say its ok but I never feel good and I have anxiety/panic problems. As I said, all other iron tests are normal except for my iron store ( I am hypothyroid too as well though). I see people have transfusions - is that because your hemoglobin is low or for just low ferritin? I am SO confused!!!! :dizzy: Oh yea and I have constant dizziness/ear ringing that they say has nothing to do with the low ferritin, I am not sure though??

If you have read this - thank you![/QUOTE]
Ferritin is a protein molecule that iron is stored in for future use. If the ferritin is low, it indicates that there is no iron available beyond what is being taken in and used from daily diet. IF the diet is good, then there is usually no problem. If you have a menstrual problem or other bleeding problem, you may have a lowered hemoglobin count which may or may not cause symptoms. Ringing of the ears can be caused by anything from a sinus infection to drinking too much caffeine. Some people take a lot of pain medications and can not avoid ringing ears. That is called Tinnitus and is sometimes just an aging problem and sometimes is caused by diabetes or other neurological problems. I have even read that ringing ears can be caused by too much arsenic in drinking water etc. The main thing to understand is that Ferritin does not cause symptoms one way or the other. It is just a measurement of the body's ability to use or store iron, without having to do a bone marrow test, to find out if any disease process has been detected. By itself, ferritin level mean nothing.





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