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I had a tight chest feeling that I couldn't describe other than tightness. My friend has a B-12 anemia and IDA, when she climbs stairs she has a shortness of breath, like out of breath. Her doctor (Pulmonary?) said, that it is from a low ferritin level, the iron storage.

Have you had your cardio checked out because that should always be ruled out especially with anemia. Anemia can cause heart damage over long term. FLFLOWERGIRL:)
[QUOTE=FLFLOWERGIRL;3399265]I had a tight chest feeling that I couldn't describe other than tightness. My friend has a B-12 anemia and IDA, when she climbs stairs she has a shortness of breath, like out of breath. Her doctor (Pulmonary?) said, that it is from a low ferritin level, the iron storage.

Have you had your cardio checked out because that should always be ruled out especially with anemia. Anemia can cause heart damage over long term. FLFLOWERGIRL:)[/QUOTE]
I haven't had any extensive heart tests but I haven't had any kind of trouble. My chest is not tight, just a feeling that my oxygen level is down. They have'nt called me with my results to my iron test yet, but I hope they do soon. Thanks so much for the reply:)
When I had the actual anemia part, I would get very winded and short of breath if I had to go up stairs. One really bad time I had to take my son to the ice rink. I had to walk up a fairly steep drivewway to get the building. I was gasping for air when I got to the top, my heart was pounding and I felt AWFUL for about 2 hours after that. That scared me so bad I went to the doctor for cardiac tests. This was actually right before my anemia showed up on the CBC but I believe my ferritin was VERY low at that point.
Venus8--Thank you for sharing your story. I am so sorry that you have been dealing with this so long. To finally find out that you have low iron is just crazy after all this time. Doctors will say many different things about low ferritin and low iron symptoms. They say that low ferritin has no symptoms, merely storage, but many here are not buying that one, myself included. Shortness of breath is usually associated with a more progressed anemia and very low ferritin. I have a friend that has shortness of breath and has been to many doctors of which all tell her something different. Her Pulmonary doc said that her shortness of breath is due to her ferritin level, she was around 6'ish. She argued that her Internist said no it wasn't. His answer was that he is the specialist and he is saying it is the cause. Later on she found out that she is also Hypo-T and that doctor thinks that is the reason. Hum........Have you seem a lung specialist to rule out other things? Congrats on your 39 ferritin and keep us posted on your new results! FLFLOWERGIRL:)
i also had shortness of breath, i could hardly walk upstairs to my bedroom. It is important that the anemia and low iron are both addressed. what is your hgb now, is your anemia under control... do they know what is causing it?

my hemo doesn't know my ferritin levels yet, but is giving me Iv iron my hgb as of today is 8.3( after transfusion of two units of blood). I will get 8 treatments to help my body jump start red blood cell production.
[QUOTE]Shortness of breath is usually associated with a more progressed anemia and very low ferritin. I have a friend that has shortness of breath and has been to many doctors of which all tell her something different. Her Pulmonary doc said that her shortness of breath is due to her ferritin level, she was around 6'ish. [/QUOTE]

My shortness of breath, which I've had for about a year and a half, was CONVENIENTLY attributed to asthma after lung function testing had been done. End of story. Wrong!!! A sudden onset of asthma at my age (49) is [U]very rare[/U]. Until now, I had no idea that my iron level was so low. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. Though I might never be able to identify specific factors contributing to or causing my shortness of breath (too many likely causes apply), it helps to be aware of all of them. Until now, I've not come across any information relating to anemia and shortness of breath. Thank you! :)

P.S. My ferritin is also 6.0.
flowergirl
Christine, you won't be shocked when I tell you what I KNOW is causing mine.

STRESS!!

It's been like a constant 5-alarm fire around my house and my work studio lately.

For me, it was the opposite. I was almost sort of used to the flutters and thuds and extra beats. The tachycardia got my attention pronto and I called 911. I never want to feel that again. That's when my ferritin was in the basement. But I do remember so well when I first had the flutters years ago. The doctor had to look me in the eye and say "you aren't going to die from THIS", because it just doesn't feel right to have your heart feel like a trapped bird in your chest.

Back to working on my anxiety, I guess.

Thanks!
flowergirl2day--It can be very confusing I know. Too many iron references.....

I also had Tachycardia and ended up in the ER when I was anemic with no previous heart conditions. IDA decreases the size of the red blood cells (if it goes on long enough), cells are smaller and carry less oxygen to the heart and muscles. I believe that any other health condition either presents itself or becomes worse with anemia. It is much harder on the body than people realize.

Anemia is in stages related to iron stores in the body. 1. Depletion of iron stores, means a decreased Ferritin with no anemia. 2. Increased transferrin levels with no anemia. 3. Fall in serum iron with no anemia. 4. Development of normocytic, normochromic anemia. 5. Development of microcytic (much smaller cells), hypochromic (pale) anemia. This is the one that I had with Few Micro and Few Hypo cells. So you see you can have low iron levels (iron serum or decreased/lowered ferritin) and not be anemic. Hope that helps. FLFLOWERGIRL:)
flowergirl, when I had my lowest ferritin levels and low serum iron, I had an episode of tachycardia (which is an extremely fast heart beat) after climbing a flight of stairs in a parking garage. I called 911 because my heart has NEVER gone that fast before. Anemia basically causes your heart especially to work extra hard because there isn't enough oxygen in your cells to fuel your organs. Anemia is very hard on your heart and organs which is why I mentioned to you that it (anemia) is worrisome on its own and must be treated.

Christine and I have an additional condition called extrasystoles which is a heart arrhythmia but it's benign, though very nerve racking. Anemia has nothing to do with it. I also have a murmur which could be contributing to it. Most people's are benign, but doctors like to check it out anyway in case it isn't. My cardiologist years ago told me college students (who seldom physically rest or stop moving and never sleep) and moonlighters frequently get extrasystoles.

What is your doctor's plan with regard to your EKG? I don't know if anemia (which by the way is defined as iron deficiency) is related to your EKG changes, but it certainly won't help a heart that is already working extra hard.

Not surprisingly, when I started to learn about all this, anxiety became a problem and there are others here that can tell you about anxiety with this as well. It's scary and in my case, I had anger because I felt like many doctors over many years let me walk around like this until I nearly fainted in a parking garage. I'm just telling you in case you experience anxiety, it's all part of it. I can't tell you how this board has helped me for all of this.

-Chickie
[QUOTE]So you see you can have low iron levels (iron serum or decreased/lowered ferritin) and not be anemic. Hope that helps.[/QUOTE]

It sure does! :)

It has also left me more confused. The bottom line is that I might not have anemia, which sounds good to me! I checked some of the other lab values and though some are within normal range, a few are borderline. We'll just have to wait. Time will tell. Thank you for your help!

flowergirl





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