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Re: Low Ferritin
Feb 23, 2007
I don't know how long my ferritin has been low but I think, probably for about 2 years now.

Several years ago, my best friend and I used to go out power-walking. We did this for years. Then I started to notice that I just would get so tired from walking. I remember at first I would start dropping out from our walks occasionally. Then I didn't go at all, except for by myself and then I really slowed it down and cut my distance. Then I finally stopped. I tried to blame it on all kinds of things--the traffic whizzing by, anxiety, etc. Bottom line is that my physical stamina was flagging.

Then I started noticing that simpler things tired me out. I chalked it up to being "out of shape." Again, at this point I had never had any blood work done. Well, I had some done for other reasons and my hematocrit, hemoglobin, etc. were all normal so no reason to check anything more out.

Then, last summer, I was seeing a dermatologist for a rash and he ran bloodwork to rule out lupus. That was the first time I was anemic (just 7 months prior, I was not). I then went through a few other tests and never had my ferritin checked. Finally, this past January, AFTER supplementing with iron, I discovered that my anemia was again "fixed" however, my first ferritin test showed that I was at a "5".!! Wow, no wonder I feel like crap.

So, how do I cope. I drag myself out of bed each morning, get my kids ready for school, and work a full-time job. I would be lying if I said that my job performance has not been affected. It has. I have VERY LITTLE mental ambition to do my job. I have also cut back drastically my *walks* over to the clients office and I do most everything via e-mail or a courier. I could walk there but I would pay for it in the evening.

When I get home at night I cook dinner and basically sit on my butt all night. I have a beautiful treadmill in the basement that I would love to use; however, I know that one night on the treadmill will equate to DAYS of fatigue.

My weekend activities are definitely slowed down. I used to be the person who would run around all weekend and shop, go out to eat, more shopping. Now I do very little of that and just stay in and work on my laundry and stuff and read.

I'm hoping to get this "fixed" soon. I just completed my GI studies (colonoscopy and upper endoscopy). The colonoscopy was fine but, lo and behold, my stomach was bleeding due to gastritis. My GI doc doesn't think this is the cause of my anemia, but heck, why did we do the tests then??? Doctors!!!!

So, if I can get my stomach fixed and maybe try to lighten my periods, take some iron, I can get back to normal.
Re: Low Ferritin
Feb 23, 2007
Gastro dr said is period problem, she won't care. Women's Hosp said is gastro problem because she gave me too much Nexium. Now they both don't want me. GP found me another gastro dr which she'll look at it in March.

I'm still living with it. May be I use to it when my heart is beating fast. I tolerate SOB, dizzy and ...... I'm still working, doing ton of house works and shopping. I've a very quick shopping because I'll feel faint and I need to run back to the car and breath. My ferritin at 5 since 1999. Could you believe it? Cholesterol and diabete dr wants me to do exercise! Minimum walk 45 minutes each day, must get sweat a lot! For me it is harder than become an iron man! I'm 5'7" - 76.6kg. I know I need to take off some weight but I didn't have a magic wand! Can't make it a blink will see the result! I'm keep trying and doing the best that I can .........
Re: Low Ferritin
Feb 26, 2007
My Haemoglobin : 7.8 g/dl (11.5-16.5)
Packed cell volume (PCV) (hematocrit) : 27.7% (37.0-47.0)

They are out of range a little bit but RBC is in normal range. I got enough blood, am I? Am I still anemic or not? Not to worry as most of the doctor said?

Thanks for looking that for me.
Re: Low Ferritin
Feb 26, 2007
[QUOTE=Pika;2821726]My Haemoglobin : 7.8 g/dl (11.5-16.5)
Packed cell volume (PCV) (hematocrit) : 27.7% (37.0-47.0)

They are out of range a little bit but RBC is in normal range. I got enough blood, am I? Am I still anemic or not? Not to worry as most of the doctor said?

Thanks for looking that for me.[/QUOTE]

Oh, you're definitely anemic. I'm just surprised that your RBC count is normal. It usually lines up with the other two tests. Just out of curiosity, what is your MCV value?
Re: Low Ferritin
Feb 27, 2007
I give you the whole lot of my result so you might be able to help me: What's wrong with my blood? Is a disease there or I could be borned like that?

Haemoglobin : 7.8 g/dL (11.5 - 16.5)
WCC : 7.9 x10 [SIZE="1"]9[/SIZE]/L (4.0 11.0)
Platelets : 277 x10[SIZE="1"]9[/SIZE]/L (150 450)
PCV : 27.7 % (37.0 - 47.0)
RCC : 4.55 x10[SIZE="1"]12[/SIZE]/L (3.80 - 5.80)
MCV : 61 fL (80 - 96)
MCH : 17.1 pg (27.0 - 32.0)
MCHC : 28.2 g/dL (32.0 - 36.0)

May I ask? Which one is the transport of oxygen in our body? Do I have enough there?

Thanks for looking at that for me.
Re: Low Ferritin
Mar 12, 2007
My last ferritin was a 6 and my dr recommended that I take an iron supplement. I have never been able to tolerate an iron supplement except for Repliva which is not covered by Kaiser. My dr hadn't even heard of it. Has anyone had success with a good iron supplement? My TIBC was high, but I'd have to look up the number. My Hgb was 11.5. I go in tomorrow for my extreme fatigue and I hope that he'll run this test again. The last one was October. What I don't understand is that he also ran a bunch of calcium, sodium, glucose, TSH, T4 lab tests and none of them were for anemia? So, I guess I'll learn more tomorrow about what he thinks? Just bouncing off some thoughts. This is the first time that I've looked up low ferritin on the web and didn't realize that quite a few people deal with it. It was a few years ago that my ferritin was 7 and my dr didn't even care. It just proved to him why I was craving dirt!
Re: Low Ferritin
May 7, 2007
I wish that just having a great attitude would increase my energy level, but it just isn't the case. It does get frustrating when I try to play soccer or basketball with my ADHD kids who have SO much energy and I can only give them about 5-10 minutes before I have to sit down. I'll be 33 this week. I'm not old, I have nothing majorly wrong with me. I'm just tired and hurt all over.

I saw the MD for my cholesterol today. Oops. I knew it was high, but my MD said that it's gone too far for dietary control. She said it's familial, so she's going to start me on Vytorin today. My TC=327, HDL=40, TRG=405 and my LDL which I guess comes from a formula wasn't measureable. She said that isn't good.

I also had Hgb=11.3 and my Ferritin=7 (yaay, up 1 point!) My TIBC=403 (Good, it was over 500 in August).

Thanks for letting me vent.
Re: Low Ferritin
May 8, 2007
I think it is interesting how low ferritin and anemia effect people in such different ways. In the fall of 2005 I had a transfusion of 4 units of blood because my hemoglobin was 4.3 (12-16), hematocrit 14.7 (37-47) and my ferretin was 4. At that time I was dragging through life but was still working. I had a some tests to see if I had a bleed but they couldn't find anything. My menstrual cycle has never been heavy so I doubted it was from that. I then started taking iron pills but felt better so gradually took fewer and fewer of them. In the fall of 2006 my hemoglobin was 13.1 and my ferritin was 12 (11-307). In the beginning of April 2007 my hmgl was 10.7, hematocrit 30.7 and my ferritin was at 3. I went back on my iron again and within a few wks my hmgl is 11.7, hema. 34.1. I will get my ferritin checked again in a couple of weeks. Anyways, I really don't feel bad like some with low ferritin seem to be feeling. I am working at a busy,stressful job. I am very active and can play basketball, ride bikes, hike etc. the only thing that is not back to normal is that I can't run like I used to. Once my ferritin rises I think that I will be able
to run again. I have found that I can hike up the local "ski hill" and have a nice run down that-down hill not requiring so much energy.
Hope everyone else is feeling better.
Re: Low Ferritin
Nov 19, 2007
Low ferritin has a lot to answer for.

I had my 3rd baby 6 months ago. When he was 3 months old I started to "not feel myself" ... I was tired, emotional, fatigued, weepy and overwhelmed by life in general.

GP diagnosed Post Partum Depression and prescribed antidepressants (surprise surprise !!). I was EXTREMLY hesitant but I felt so bad I wanted anything to work.

Took them for 8 weeks. No improvement so went back to my doctor and asked for blood test to check hormone levels & thyroid. He 'happened' to request iron works as well.

Ferritin 7.

One month of iron supplements and I started to feel a spark back. 6 weeks later (and switching from tablets to Spatone) and I'M A NEW WOMAN.

My ferritin increased from 7 to 27 in 4 weeks and it's continuing to rise. And I've been off the AD's for a month now and there's no looking back.

I don't know what it's like in the States, but over here they hand out bloody antidepressants like lollies .... such a 'quick fix' society today.

I obviously have no iron absorption problems, mine was purely depeleted from pregnancy/childbirth ... I'm to stay on the supplements for another 2 months, he wants my ferritin to rise up into the 90's .... and I think I'm close because the noticable improvement is diminishing each day ... I just feel "normal" again.

Good luck everyone!

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