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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!
Brendaratzloff--You will not show symptoms of anemia (because you are not anemic yet according to your labs), but you may show symptoms of a low ferritin. Many doctor's do not believe that there are symptoms associated with a low ferritin. IMO, there are symptoms. This is very controversial subject matter. You will have to form your own opinion on this one from your own experience.

A ferritin of 14 is very low at the bottom of the range. When you hit bottom or below range you are then considered to have no iron left remaining according to my Hematologist. My GI doc said, when the ferritin runs out then you start to pull iron from the organs, not a good thing. Your ferritin should be ~at least~ 50 to feel well, with 70-90 and up being optimal. Your Hgb should be 14'ish to be considered optimal, you could be a little higher. Have you had an iron panel? An iron panel is another form of iron study, with ferritin being the best telling of iron stores.

I also had terrible neck pain (took Xanax for this 6 months) what a waste of time and money, but I now know there is nothing wrong with my neck, LOL! I can't prove that it was related to my anemia or low ferritin but several people here have reported that symptom without a B-12 deficiency being present. It did finally go away as the ferritin went higher.

I do believe whenever there are symptoms present that they should be ruled out by a specialist. That is the only way to truly know. Good luck to you. Keep us posted. FLFLOWERGIRL:)
[QUOTE=FLFLOWERGIRL;3777005]Brendaratzloff--You will not show symptoms of anemia (because you are not anemic yet according to your labs), but you may show symptoms of a low ferritin. Many doctor's do not believe that there are symptoms associated with a low ferritin. IMO, there are symptoms. This is very controversial subject matter. You will have to form your own opinion on this one from your own experience.

A ferritin of 14 is very low at the bottom of the range. When you hit bottom or below range you are then considered to have no iron left remaining according to my Hematologist. My GI doc said, when the ferritin runs out then you start to pull iron from the organs, not a good thing. Your ferritin should be ~at least~ 50 to feel well, with 70-90 and up being optimal. Your Hgb should be 14'ish to be considered optimal, you could be a little higher. Have you had an iron panel? An iron panel is another form of iron study, with ferritin being the best telling of iron stores.

I also had terrible neck pain (took Xanax for this 6 months) what a waste of time and money, but I now know there is nothing wrong with my neck, LOL! I can't prove that it was related to my anemia or low ferritin but several people here have reported that symptom without a B-12 deficiency being present. It did finally go away as the ferritin went higher.

I do believe whenever there are symptoms present that they should be ruled out by a specialist. That is the only way to truly know. Good luck to you. Keep us posted. FLFLOWERGIRL:)[/QUOTE]
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
hello. ashleymichele i wanted to ask you if you found out anything at the dr. about your vertigo.
i have a ferritin of 4 and have been on iron therapy for a little over a month and don't see much improvement.
i am also having the vertigo and have been seeing an ENT to try to figure out if it's a separate inner ear problem or just part of the low ferritin.
i have a stiff neck also and pressure in my ears. sometimes i think the stiff neck is from me holding my head still all the time because whenever i seem to move it up and down or side to side i get the vertigo feeling. i also have that awful brain fog.
it would be so great if someone could just tell all of us that YES this is from low ferritin but i guess there's not going to be a definitive answer. i hope your doctor figures something out about your vertigo.
oh and as far as medicines - i've tried meclizine for the vertigo and i didn't find it helped . . . and it made me every more drowsy. go figure.
I too developed those symptoms only with anemia and a ferritin of 5. Once my Hgb crept above the normal level my doctor declared me "cured" and wanted me to discontinue my supplemental iron and just take a multi with iron. She did not believe my continued symptoms were the result of low ferritin, but she did offer me Zanax for them....lol (sort of). For that and other things she said and did that I found alarming I switched doctors. I saw an internist who came highly recommended by some of my other doctors about three months ago. It was for a yearly physical, not specifically for my iron and continued symptoms., but in reviewing my test results from this past year, he immediately said that "I want to see your ferritin at a minimum of 30" and so restarted me on PolyIron 150 with a ferritin recheck in 6 months. I think I'm gradually regaining my energy and sense of well being or else my body is adjusting to a low level of ferritin.
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.

Thanks.

Mac2
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! :)
Mac2--I can tell you that as my ferritin has gone up to 41 last time checked that these symptoms have resolved. You probably have gone for years like this with a low ferritin. Also, a low dose of elemental iron as low as you are taking will not replete your iron stores anytime soon. It is way too low. I took 300 then 150 elemental iron daily and remain on this amount 2 years later. You might want to use a script iron that is higher in iron and less other ingredients such as fillers and easy on the GI tract. I take a Poly iron that can be taken on an empty stomach without problems. Vitamin C and B-12 are also added if necessary and that is good, but the OTC have other stuff that you don't need and you have to take more of it. Good luck to you. FLFLOWERGIRL:)





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