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nervousgal--Don't be too freaked out about IDA. It's just a hurdle that you have to get through.

I had a ferritin of 2 and a 8.5 Hgb and I was considered Moderately anemic NOT severe. Severe is when you need a blood transfusion. Severe anemia which is a grade 3, is not until you have a 7-7.9 and under. You are very borderline at moderate/mildly anemic, so don't worry too much.

However, regarding the ferritin stores, a 3 Ferritin is considered that you do not have any iron remaining. When your Hgb is raised through supplements and diet the over flow of iron will start to store eventually, and you will then have iron and be within normal range. My Hematologist told me that anything under a 10 (this is my bottom range) means no iron remaining in the bone marrow. Although you will be on the charts the ferritin needs to be raised to a healthy level, remember that on your journey to wellness.

As far as having surgery at a 10.1 Hgb, I'm not sure if that will be a problem for you because I don't know what the cut off is. I had an endometrial ablation procedure to stop the heavy periods with a Hgb of 10.9 and was told that I was a high risk for a couple of reasons Hgb being one of them.
Good luck to you. FLFLOWERGIRL:)

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