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Hi everyone,
My doctor seemed rather unconcerned about my ferritin levels, and simply asked if I took iron tablets-- I didn't until I saw the results. This happened around the beginning of Feb.
What's your opinion? This result was from Quest Diagnostic
Ferritin Reference Range 10-232ng/ml
My result was 9, which was noted as being out of range.
I've had some very heavy, irregular periods lately (with spotting) and realize now how rubbery and weak I feel.
I'm going to a new doctor next week, and will show him the results. Am I extremely low? If so, can he do something in his office? Do I just need to continue with the over-the-counter tablets? Doctor 1 hardly blinked an eye, so I don't know if he missed something important, or if this is a "low but nothing to worry about" test result.
Thanks for your opinions.
I don't know if I will be any help as Im new to the whole Anemia thing. But your level is low. I dont think its seriously low as if it was the Doctor would of had no choice but to do something hun. However heavy periods can cause Anemia. Good idea about getting a 2nd opinion. Hopefully this Doctor will help you. Meanwhile keep taking Iron tablets and eat more food containing Iron such as Pulses, Lentils, Redmeat etc.
Thanks so much for all your replies. I wrote a big reply here but it seems to have gotten lost- if not, sorry if I repeat myself.

My entire CBC seems to be within normal range. My MVV was 91.7 (reference range 80.0-100.0) My doctor gave me a good quality vitamin B-complex at the time, but didn't mention anything in particular about my blood work. My RDW is 13.4 (range 11.0-15.0)

I started taking Carbonyl Iron 25mg, 2 tablets daily = 278%.
Is there a point when I can OD on iron or over-correct low ferritin and cause problems the opposite way? Should I test my blood often, or just assume I need 3-6 months of supplements before thinking about it again? Or do menstruating women just need iron supplements, regardless?

Thanks again- your replies are much appreciated!
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I started taking Carbonyl Iron 25mg, 2 tablets daily = 278%.
Is there a point when I can OD on iron or over-correct low ferritin and cause problems the opposite way? Should I test my blood often, or just assume I need 3-6 months of supplements before thinking about it again? Or do menstruating women just need iron supplements, regardless?[/QUOTE]

I am taking ferrous sulfate elxir,220mg, 44 mg elemental iron, which is 240% RDA. I don't know how long it takes to raise one's ferritin on average, since some people have contributory causes that prevent absorption etc. I think a month or 6 weeks would be a good time to recheck the levels in order to see if the supplementation is having an effect. If your ferritin has not increased, then you should check for other conditions that may be causing your problem...I saw a post from a celiac sufferer who had low ferritin.

You are definiately at the deficiency stage with a 9. It can at some point continue to anemia, tho how long this might take I don't know. As I wrote in another post elsewhere, the second measure to assess iron status after finding low ferritn, is serum iron (iron transported in the body) which may be low if the deficiency has progressed. As serum iron falls, transferrin increases. If these two markers are present, it shows an advanced deficiency.

Did your cbc measure serum iron and transferrin?

Yes, one should be cautious with iron...there are some good sites on the web containing info on vits and minerals ,their RDA, toxicity levels etc., like the National Institutes of Health Dietary Supplement Fact Sheets. Too much iron can result in hemachromatosis.:)





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