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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
Mar 18, 2007
[QUOTE=momtoaaj;2852143] 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? [/QUOTE]

Just as a note - they are testing TSH and T4 to check your thyroid as it can also cause many of the same symtpoms (extreme fatigue, feeling cold, loss of hair, extremely heavy / long periods, etc which can actually contribute to or be the root cause of anemia, as it is in my case), calcium is likely for parathyroid verification and glucose to check in on other endocrine functions (look for diabetes). It is worth it to double check those results as well because many of the reference ranges by the labs are still a bit high and you can be very symptomatic before getting out of the normal range. These may not be a factor, but it is a positive that the doctor is looking for other root causes, IMO - I really had to move doctors a lot until they started looking for the root cause after the most common causes weren't apparent.





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