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Low Ferritin
Feb 23, 2007
I have a question for people with low ferritin. I would like to know how you are coping with it? For people with ferritin 20 and under, do you feel any affects because of it? Mine is 23 and I usually feel horrible. I'm extremely tired, my joints ache sometimes and I have very bad dizzy spells. Are you able to function during the day, get through a day of work, engage in social activities? I'm hardly able to do these things anymore, even though I've raised my levels some. It seems that even the specialists just keep telling you to take iron and eat red meat. I don't think the vegetable with iron are helping me much. Do any of your doctors suggest IV iron or a more aggressive treatment? It's hard to believe people can walk around with levels of 4 and 5 and doctor's just tell them they're normal. At one time my doctor was telling me she wanted mine at around 50, but since I've raised mine to 23 from 4 she just wants to leave it at that.
Re: Low Ferritin
Mar 1, 2007
My ferritin was at 1.2. I had become extremely tired. I began having a hard time driving to work. I also started losing my hair. I finally saw a hematologist and started on weekly iron infusions and taking B12. I will have to contiue this therapy for the rest of my life as they have discovered I am unable to absorb enough iron orally. I know go for IV iron every 2 months. I feel superb now. My ferritin is at 93 and my other levels are in the normal range. My hair is no longer falling out other than what would be considered normal.
Good luck to you.

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