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I am new to this board and looking for some advice. I have been suffering from extreme dizziness, some nausea, heart palpitations and chest pains for a few months now. I have had oodles of bloodwork, EKG's, a holter monitor test, and a heart ultrasound done all of which came back good. I have a cardiologist appt. in October. I have been a fitness instructor for the past 6 years and have enjoyed a healthy lifestyle. Lately I can barely get through an hour of exercise and if I teach 2 classes in a row I am down for the count with dizziness and nausea for 24 hours.

My doctor sent me for another round of blood work and it came back that my Ferritin level is 13. My doctor says that ferritin levels could be causing some of my issues but not all and suggested maybe taking a supplement but didn't seem convinced nor concerned with my levels. I have begun taking an iron supplement, liquid, and am now just waiting.

I am worried that Ferritin is not causing these symptoms and that I have clogged arteries or something. I know that chances are slim given my age (36) and lifestyle but I can't help but worry. Every time I have chest pain I worry I am having a heart attack.

Can Low Ferritin be the culprit for all these symptoms?? :confused: I am just so tired of complaining all the time and feeling so crappy!
Yes, low ferritin *can* cause what you describe. The tricky part is that it's not going to cause the same symptoms in every individual.

For instance, I used to regularly walk 5 miles at a time. My friend and I together. It got to the point that I couldn't do the 5 miles. I dropped it to 3 miles. Then to 1 mile. I was walking by myself. I would get slightly "off balance" everytime I exercised. Sometimes I'd get nausea. I finally quit exercising. It took me YEARS to figure out that my ferritin was low and I was also mildy anemic. My ferritin was at a 5 when I figured it out. I don't know what it was during all the years of exercise intolerance (I do know I was not anemic). Now, my friend (the one I walked with all those years) started not feeling right. Yet, her activities were never impacted. She didn't feel good but still walked 5-7 miles a few times a week, washed 3 of her cars every Friday night, and cleans her house like a madwoman. She found out her ferritin was at a 3!!! It never impacted her ability to work out but she didn't feel well.

My long and winding point is that everyone is an individual. I probably felt GREAT when my ferritin got back up to a 13 but you obviously don't and neither do many others. I think if I tried, at a ferritin of 13, to do what you are doing, I would feel awful. My ferritin is now at 35 and I am able to walk and actually do some running. Most of my issues now are due to deconditioning from having the undiagnosed anemia/low ferritin for TOO many years.

I think the iron is a good idea however you need to check your dosage. If you are taking liquid iron (I am *assuming* it is Floradix but maybe not), well, that is VERY low dose and it could take you a long time to get your numbers up. You might need to take a higher iron dosage.

Also, my friend was told that too much exercise causes your iron to decrease and this was most probably her cause. She backed off all her activities, increased her iron and her ferritin shot up quickly. Your exercise habits could be the culprit.
Thanks for responding - I do wonder if exercise could be the culprit.

I also wonder if low ferritin can actually cause anxiety symptoms. I find that as soon as I have any sort of symptom I can't quit thinking the worst and dwelling on it. I have never considered myself and anxious person, but all these issues make me stressed and anxious.





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