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I have read the posts on here concerning ferritin levels. I have been anemic for over a year. A new doctor ordered the ferritin test. I ALWAYS request a copy of any medical tests to keep on file at home so I am knowledgable of the information. (I urge others to get and keep copies of ALL tests too)

My question is this... My hemoglobin level has come up a bit, 10.5 today and it was 9.8 at the beginning of May. [B]I have a ferritin level of 5.[/B] I know that ferritin is the level of iron stored in your body. Should I be alarmed that mine is a level 5????

My doctor is on vacation, but I got the numbers from my copy of the labs.

Any advise would be welcomed.
Thanks, Stefarina
[QUOTE=Stefarina;3160830]I have read the posts on here concerning ferritin levels. I have been anemic for over a year. A new doctor ordered the ferritin test. I ALWAYS request a copy of any medical tests to keep on file at home so I am knowledgable of the information. (I urge others to get and keep copies of ALL tests too)

My question is this... My hemoglobin level has come up a bit, 10.5 today and it was 9.8 at the beginning of May. [B]I have a ferritin level of 5.[/B] I know that ferritin is the level of iron stored in your body. Should I be alarmed that mine is a level 5????

My doctor is on vacation, but I got the numbers from my copy of the labs.

Any advise would be welcomed.
Thanks, Stefarina[/QUOTE]

Yes, 5 is low. That is what I was at before I started iron supplements. Fortunately, I did not get as anemic as you are but I may have gotten to that point and my hemoglobin was on a downward trend. Pretty much it means that you have no iron stores and you need to work on building them up. It also confirms that your anemia is due to iron deficiency and not something else.
[QUOTE=Stefarina;3160830] [B]I have a ferritin level of 5.[/B] I know that ferritin is the level of iron stored in your body. Should I be alarmed that mine is a level 5????
Any advise would be welcomed.
Thanks, Stefarina[/QUOTE]
[FONT="Comic Sans MS"][B][COLOR="Navy"]When my ferritin drops below 100 my Hematologist orders an IV iron infusion (Infed). We don't go by the other numbers. (Hemoglobin, iron sat etc.) She said that those other numbers can fluctuate daily.

My low ferritin is because I had a gastric bypass and don't absorb iron orally anymore. I receive an iron infusion every 6-8 months.
Before I had a diagnosis my ferritin dropped to 10. I was dizzy and exhausted. How are you feeling? You should definitely talk to a doctor.
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[QUOTE=Stefarina;3160830]I have read the posts on here concerning ferritin levels. I have been anemic for over a year. A new doctor ordered the ferritin test. I ALWAYS request a copy of any medical tests to keep on file at home so I am knowledgable of the information. (I urge others to get and keep copies of ALL tests too)

My question is this... My hemoglobin level has come up a bit, 10.5 today and it was 9.8 at the beginning of May. [B]I have a ferritin level of 5.[/B] I know that ferritin is the level of iron stored in your body. Should I be alarmed that mine is a level 5????

My doctor is on vacation, but I got the numbers from my copy of the labs.

Any advise would be welcomed.
Thanks, Stefarina[/QUOTE]
Why would you have a higher hemoglobin and lower ferritin and vice versa? Wouldn't one always be the higher/lower than the other?





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