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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]
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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