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will I show symptoms of anemia with a ferritin level of 14? The rest of my blood numbers came back good (4.3 for RBC and 6.3 for WBC and 13.1 HGB). I have headaches, fatigue, hair loss, brittle nails, dizziness, lack of concentration, off balance, and pain in my neck. My Dr. wants me to see a neurologist because she says it is not iron def.. I don't agree. Is 14 low for ferritin? I see a big range and have seen different information. Help!
thank you so much for your imput. How did you treat your low ferritin? I am just starting supplements including B12, iron, CO Q10, and Omega 3. How long will it take for me to start to feel better? I am so low energy, and I've also been experiencing some pain in my gums/teeth. Went to the dentist today and he said everything looks good. Go figure. Anyway, any other advice would be greatly appreciated. thanks!! Brenda
Hi everyone,

I have had dizziness and balance problems for nearly 4 years now resulting in a lot of time off work. I have been through the ENT route and done all the VRT etc to try and help myself recover from this awful thing.

Thanks to meeting someone by chance who had the same dizziness/balance problems and who is now cured, I went to have my ferritin levels checked. They came back as a 10.

Thing is, I eat a really good diet but have only done this since I became ill. Before that I ate total rubbish - ready meals and no fruit or veg. So I am wondering if I actually had a lower ferritin level at that time which is why I was so ill back then. So there you go, here I am, another person with low ferritin levels who has dizziness off and on and balance problems. So there has to be something in this. For years I have been told it is my ears but have never been given a definite diagnosis. I was told that I must have Vestibular Neuronitis because my balance was affected but there was really nothing to back that up.

I have started taking a course of liquid iron and take 3 teaspoons a day at the minute. This is 21mg of iron plus it has other stuff in it. Would I be able to take any more than this - I am terrified to overdose on the stuff. I was prescribed ferrous sulfate tablets by the GP but don't like to take these as they cause me stomach problems. Ashleymichelle - have you noticed a difference with your dizziness now your levels are rising? And, I can also be fine one minute and spinning the next, it is so horrible and scary isn't it?

Also, what would you describe this 'brain fog' as? I have weird sensations in my head a lot of the time. I wouldn't describe it as dizziness but it is quite worrying.


I just came back from a follow up with my Dr. and have convinced her that this is a ferritin problem not a neurological one. I took in research from the internet and also these posting from the Health Boards. She was surprised that so many of us are all dealing with these symptoms and all have one thing in common...low ferritin. I am taking 3 iron pills a day, with food or my stomach will be upset. My neck pain is almost gone but I am still experiencing all my other symptoms including dizziness, brain fog and numbness and tingling in hands and feet. I will be going back into the Dr. to get my ferritin checked in about 2 months. I feel like figuring out what this is has been half of the battle and now I am hopefully on the road to recovery. I have changed my eating to include iron rich food and a ton more vitamin C for absorbtion. I am encouraging anyone with all of our symptoms to have their ferritin checked because it is real possibility that ferritin is the cause. Thanks for everyone who has written on this topic since I originally posted the question about ferritin, I feel like I am not alone and I am not losing my mind! :)
Brenda--I took Ferris Sulfate and it gave me enteritis for 3 months and I ended up in the ER over it. They had to take me off iron completely for a while (my Hgb began to drop) then I was prescribed Poly Iron 150 (caps-orange/brown) thanks to the knowledge of my GI doc. He said the only other iron that he would recommend for me are injections, but my Hematologist wanted to give me IV, he soon changed his mind because I was too ill for more things to happen. He put me back on the Poly Iron because it was working so well, Thank goodness! I don't understand why; but it is not a script, however, it is located within the pharmacy behind the counter. Sometimes it has to be ordered in, but it is not a problem. It is 150 mgs of elemental iron with Vitamin C and for me has no S/E's at all. I take it on an empty stomach too with a full glass of water. I even have a problem with vitamins making me ill so that's saying a lot about this iron. For people that need B-12 there is Poly Iron Forte. There has been someone else here that took it 3X daily but I was never prescribed more than 2= 300 mgs of elemental iron for the first year because of my anemia and then when that was resolved I went to 1 Poly Iron 150 daily for building the ferritin. That is also the name of it Poly Iron 150. I would try it if you have problems with your GI tract for any reason. FLFLOWERGIRL:)

Ashleymichele23--B-12 symptoms are different for everyone but it is usually numbness and tingly symptoms mostly in different parts of the body and sore tongue for some. FLFLOWERGIRL:)

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