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First, I am a 40 year old female with no children who is in otherwise excellent health.

This past February I got the flu for the first time in my life. Ever since, I've been tired and lethargic. I'm a VIP blood donor, and was denied the opportunity to donate in early March due to low iron. I eat very healthy and work out 5 days a week, so I figured a visit to the doctor was in order. After doing some bloodwork, it turns out my ferritin level is a 6...a number that my doctor mentioned very casually and simply stated was "low". My CBC, folic acid, and B12 are normal, so I'm not anemic. I also tested positive for Epstein-Barr antibodies, indicating prior infection. My doc then ordered a colonoscopy...which I had done yesterday...and turned out to be normal. I have endometriosis and do not menstruate, so blood loss is not the cause of my iron deficiency.

My symptoms include: fatigue, shortness of breath, irritability, lack of mental focus, little energy (although I've been doing 5 days a week of cardio for years)....I'm seriously sick & tired of being "sick and tired"!

My doctor says I'm either not taking in enough iron, or my body isn't absorbing it. He wants me to try taking Repliva for 2 months to see if my ferritin levels improve. Is this a waste of time? Will that help enough to make a difference? My iron intake is already very good...I take a women's multi with iron, eat a lot of chicken, seafood, eggs, whole grains. I can't help but wonder if there's something else going on! I'm not too happy about spending another 2 months feeling like this when it would seem I'm taking in plenty of iron already.

Please help! I just moved to GA recently, and have only seen this doctor twice, so I don't know him well enough to trust his judgement completely. Any advice or suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated!!

Thank you,

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