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Re: Low Ferritin
Feb 24, 2007
Hi. Actually I just live in the Washington DC metro area. I actually live in Gaithersburg, MD. I found a hematologist here in Gaithersburg who has been treating me. I was referred to her by my thyroid doctor because I thought my anemia symptoms were my hypothyroid acting up again. She sent me straight to the hematologist after looking at my labs. The hematologist told me to just take iron to bring my levels up. My ferritin started out at 4 when I first saw her. In about 6 months of the iron it went up to 23. I had to try all different kinds of iron because she didn't specify any kind and I couldn't tolerate most irons, ferrous sulphate just eats my stomach up and runs right through me. I don't see how people take it. Thank god for Spatone, which I had to find on my own. Anyway, my ferretin has been holding at 23 for a while, but I still feel terrible. Not as tired, but many other symptoms, dizzy, short of breath, heart palpatations. She insists the low ferritin and low iron levels won't cause this and she's sent me for every other test under the sun, but none of the other doctors can find anything serious. So I'm stuck with just trying to raise my ferritin levels. That's why this is so frustrating. By the way, aren't you still anemic if your ferretin is at 5? Doesn't it have to be in the normal range, 10-291 to not be considered anemic, along with your hemaglobin?
Re: Low Ferritin
Aug 29, 2008
This might be of interest to some of you-- here's my own odd case of low ferritin not always resulting in low energy or fatigue:

My ferritin level was <1 a year ago, and my doctor was surprised because I didn't notice any problems in my energy level at all (my anemia was found by accident). I got it up to 30 in about 4 months, and pretty much felt the same as when my ferritin was <1.

This week, I found out my ferritin was back down to 5 :( But it's interesting because the past few months, I have been keeping myself as active as ever. I have been exercising 3-4x/wk, including running a mile, swimming 30 laps, doing elliptical machine for 45 min to an hour at a time, and lifting weights-- all the while with no clue that my ferritin was low again!

Now... there are other things-- it could be that I tolerate a low ferritin better because I'm relatively young (in my early 30's). But I did notice that once I went hiking in Yosemite, and could not keep up with my friends. I was huffing and puffing, and had to stop. But that's the only time I noticed an exercise limitation.

I guess the other symptoms I have is that my hair falls out too much (I'm afraid I'll become bald), and I have REALLY bad pica-- eating ice all the time, whenever I can get my hands on it.

My doctor mentioned IV iron, but I'm kind of afraid to take it-- would rather try to use pills again to get the ferritin back up. Good luck to all of you-- I guess we're all in this together! I'll be thinking happy iron thoughts for all of you.





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