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This is a hard topic. Some doctors say there are no symptoms while others agree with the patients laundry list of symptoms. Symptoms can be very similar to anemia symptoms. For me personally when I had at a 2 Ferritin, RLS symptoms were really bad and then over a longer period of time fatigue being the worst. And..... how could I forget the whole time my hair was falling out really bad. When I reached a 20 Ferritin it slowed way down. FLFLOWERGIRL:)
hi, thanks for your help. so i was taking slow fe and i switched to a iron tablet my doctor suggested. this tablet has more iron and i notice when i take it i get this burning sensation in my stomach. i won't take it today because i don't want to feel that upset stomach burning sensation again. i think i may go back on slow fe, although it has less iron in it. do you have any other suggestions?
i'm also using topical solutions but at this point i feel like nothing is working. my hair is always falling out. especially around my hairline around my face. all my other tests came back fine. normal thyroid, hormones fine, even iron fine, just my ferretin was off.
if you have any other advice please help...i'm getting nervous that after 2 months not a single thing has changed. i know it will take time but i thought maybe a small glimpse of hope.:confused:
lisafu - i really can't suggest much apart from trialing various forms of iron supplements on the market. Sometimes it takes time for your body to adjust to the iron supplement and it's also sometimes worth starting off on a lower dose and working your way to a higher dose so that your body adjusts.

Depending on what is causing your iron defficiency, 2 months is not a long time. It took me 2 years to get to where i am now. Did they test you for gluten intolerance? Some people have had polyps in the bowel which were bleeding. I would look at all the possibilities. On the other hand it might simply be that your body doesn't absorb iron as good as somebody else. Mine was an incredibly slow take off and the higher my ferretin got the better my body seemed to absorb it.

As i said in my previous response, my thyroid was fine according to most doctors, but some people's test results can be out by a little bit and a lot of their symptoms can be thyroid related. My iron is good now, but the constant tiredness is still there and so is my hair loss. The tiredness is different to when i had very low iron though. I'll be seeing my new doctor regarding my thyroid on monday and i'm hoping very much he starts me off on some form of medication as i've had enough of this.

Have you tried posting your thyroid results on the thyroid board? it's worth a go. I also looked at my dad's thyroid results and his doctor told him they are fine, but his results are worse than mine and he is having the same symptoms as me.

It would be nice to trust all doctors, but unfortunately there are a lot who simply keep saying test results are fine when in some cases they simply aren't. At the end of the day you have to take your health in your own hands and do as much research as possible.
I originally went to see my doctor about low energy, irritability, some weight gain and sleepness bordering on exhaustion and depression. Turns out I had low Vit D (19) and low Ferritin (7). I went on Vit D supplements and Slow FE and after 6 weeks got my Vit D up to 48 (good level) and Ferritin to only 15. I know it takes a while to get iron levels back up, but what concerns me is the drop in the Iron Saturation Level from 34% to 20%.

My doctor suggested taking provera for heavy periods, but honestly I've always had heavy periods and really don't want to take the provera because I already have some winter weight gain that I am trying to get rid of and don't want to add to it by taking the provera (one of the common side effects). I also think I have SAD, but can't get my doctor to take me too seriously about that (she just suggested going outside everyday for an hour which is tough to do with 3 little kids at home and drink more caffeine). After doing a lot of reading I began light therapy and have noticed improvement in my mood and energy levels already. I don't want to negate all that by taking provera as she prescribed which may make me feel like I am going through PMS for 10 days instead of just a couple.

Anyway, after doing a little reading last night I discovered things about low iron that I didn't realize.
"If both saturation and ferritin are extremely low, you must discover why. Low iron is a signal that iron is being used by cancer cells or is feeding bacteria, or usually it means there is chronic daily blood loss. The bleeding could be from an ulcer or tumor, etc. The source must be found."

So, a couple of questions:
1) Does anyone have any opinion or insight on a decreased iron saturation level?
2) Has anyone tried provera for heavy periods with positive results?
3) Has anyone tried something else for heavy periods that worked well?
4) Has anyone gone through testing to get a definite answer to the low iron levels? Or is it just assumed that a female with low iron is due to heavy periods?

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