It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....



Anemia Message Board


Anemia Board Index
Board Index > Anemia | 0-9 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Thanks for the input Christine, i really hope its not due to an autoimmune condition. I too, found it strange that my ferritin levels were up (most likely due to supps), but my iron was down. I figured i shouldn't worry about the iron too much because i hear that levels fluccuate several times a day. What concerned me more was the transferrin saturation, even though i'm not sure what it is, i figured it must be low due too taking many iron supps during the day of my blood test. My RBC count and Haemoglobin have also dropped which is a worry.

Another thing that makes the readings even more strange is that during the last blood test i was 2 months into a cycle of testosterone (for bodybuilding purposes), this meant that i had greatly elevated testosterone levels. What is interesting is that high levels of testosterone should increase RBC production, but in my case the opposite seemed to be happening.

I still feel anemic symptoms, some days worse than others, but it is still there, i'm constantly in a lightheaded, hazy dream-like state. It seems to be worse in the morning, as strange as it sounds, reading shortly after i wake up seems to trigger it. When i don't read in the morning, the symptoms throughout the day are not as bad, but are still there.

I workout heavily 5 days a week, which has been going on for the last 2years and this is probably not helping my case. The cause however of my initial iron depletion seemed to be from a case of gingivitis and ever since having dental surgery the blood loss has more than halved and since then my ferritin levels have gone up. This seemed to indicate to me that it was the main cause of my iron problems.

Well, i think i'm gonna take a week off training, as i have not in almost a year. Hopefully this makes me feel a little better. Thanks again Christine for your help and if you, or anyone else has anymore input it would be greatly appreciated.
[QUOTE=ChristineVA;3215494]Well, I'm not sure, but when a doctor is presented with a possible "false" reading on the ferritin but iron deficiency anemia on every other test, you have to start looking at the autoimmune disorders. I believe the first steps are to do a C-Reactive Protein test (this will show an active infection or inflammation--it is elevated in lupus and rheumatoid arthritis). The sedimentation rate test used to be the one that was used, and can still be useful, but apparently is not as accurate as the CRP. Then you should have metabolic panels run that would check your kidney and liver function and all the other metabolic processes as these types of chronic diseases affect those rates. Depending on what comes of them, the doctor can then get more specific (i.e., running lupus test, celiac test, arthritis, etc).[/QUOTE]

Thanks again Christine, well i went for another blood test and the results are great... except the symptoms remain.

Iron [B]21[/B] (9-27)
Transferrin [B]2.6[/B] (1.8-3.7)
Transferrin Saturation [B]32[/B] (10-55)
Ferritin [B]54[/B] (30-400)

Antinuclear Ab (ANA) [B]NEGATIVE[/B]

Extractable Nuclear Antigens (ENA) [B]NEGATIVE[/B]

ESR [B]6[/B] mm (1-20)

C-Reactive Protein [B]3[/B] mg/L (0-5)

Rheumatoid Factor [B]6[/B] IU/mL (RR < 14)


So i suppose this clears me of any autoimmune conditions? Would these tests also clear me of say a chronic infection?

It's all pretty confusing for me at the moment as the blood tests results look good yet i still feel crap.
[QUOTE=Dan1978;3223132]Thanks again Christine, well i went for another blood test and the results are great... except the symptoms remain.

Iron [B]21[/B] (9-27)
Transferrin [B]2.6[/B] (1.8-3.7)
Transferrin Saturation [B]32[/B] (10-55)
Ferritin [B]54[/B] (30-400)

Antinuclear Ab (ANA) [B]NEGATIVE[/B]

Extractable Nuclear Antigens (ENA) [B]NEGATIVE[/B]

ESR [B]6[/B] mm (1-20)

C-Reactive Protein [B]3[/B] mg/L (0-5)

Rheumatoid Factor [B]6[/B] IU/mL (RR < 14)


So i suppose this clears me of any autoimmune conditions? Would these tests also clear me of say a chronic infection?

It's all pretty confusing for me at the moment as the blood tests results look good yet i still feel crap.[/QUOTE]


Your numbers do look pretty good. An ESR and CRP would probably be elevated if you had a chronic infection. But a CBC checking your white blood counts would probably need to be done also.

Your ferritin, of 54, is low for a man and that could possibly give you your symptoms, but getting a doctor in the U.S. to buy that is probably slim.

I hate to say it but sometimes when you have crappy symptoms, there's just no explanation for them. I've been feeling poorly for many years and up until recently my labs were perfect. It's very frustrating.





All times are GMT -7. The time now is 03:41 AM.





© 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!