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[QUOTE=Mac2;3803973]Hi

I have been reading through the posts and see that a lot of people with low ferritin levels also suffer dizziness and balance problems.

I have suffered these problems for years now and every time I catch a virus my problems escalate. (Maybe because my body is trying to dip into my iron reserves which are just not there?) My ferritin levels are 10 though I am not anaemic.

I also have a few of the other symptoms mentioned by many of you i.e. hair loss, palpitations, chest pain.

I have had many visits to the ENT over these last 4 years but nothing has been found regarding my ears. My doctor, however, insists that my problems are because of my ears, I was initially diagnosed with Labrynthitis then Vestibular Neuronitis. I am beginning to wonder if all my problems have been down to having low iron reserves due to all the stuff I am reading on this board.

I have been taking liquid iron for a couple of months now but do not feel any different. I know it takes a while to get into the system and I know I am probably not taking enough. I have been taking liquid iron, six 5ml spoons per day, each spoon has 7mg iron in it. I have changed this to taking one slow release capsule which has 24mg in it plus two spoons of the liquid stuff. Does this seem ok? I am taking a brand called Feroglobin and I am terrified to overdose on this stuff! Is it really ok to take more than the recommended dosage listed on the packet?

Also, those of you who have suffered dizziness, at what level was your ferritin when you stopped experiencing these symptoms? I live in hope!!!

Thank you.


Mac2[/QUOTE]

You may also want to get your thyroid(TSH, Free T3, and Free T-3 and antibody tested). When I problems started about 4 years ago, it was due to anemia. I had heavy periods, bleeding ulcers and having 5 kids over the years ran my system down. No doctor ever tested me for anything until I was at death's door. I was finally dx with hypothyroidism, ulcers, and heavy period, and absorption problems which I do not absorb iron or vit at all.
It is a shame that you have to be almost dead for doctors take you seriously.
I also had sinus problems and finally had sinus surgery. I still have dizziness when I my sinus acts up. But my ENT told me that my eyes are not connecting signals to my brain. Also found out that I have herniated c spine disc which also causes dizziness. The only thing that works really well is half a Xanax for the dizziness. My ENT says it helps to calm the nerves in my head/ear.
Your ferritin should be at least 50 according to my hematologist. My hair stops falling around 70. The only way I can get enough iron is by infusion. You may want to get your basic test at your PCP but a hematologist can help you with your iron. They know more about ferritin levels than a PCP.
Hi Tibby2

Nice to hear from you. I don't know if you have picked up on my other posts but my ferritin which was tested a couple of weeks ago after taking supplements for 5 months was only up to 22! I am still feeling like c*** and have been off work for 4 weeks with terrible dizziness and balance problems. Life sucks! Can't wait to get up to a level of 50 and see if I feel any better.

I think that an attack of Labyrinthitis started all my problems. That lasted six months and occured 4 years ago. I have always, since 13 years old had heavy periods. They used to last seven days but in the last few years have only lasted 3 days but have been really heavy. So, I think my ferritin levels may have been low for years before this attack of Labyrinthitis (ear virus which actually causes dizzines, balance problems, anxiety etc.). Obviously when I got this ear stuff, my body would have tried to dip into my iron reserves to help me recover and they just weren't there. Since I was first ill, I completely changed my diet to a good healthy one with lots of veg, fruit etc. I think this is why I am not actually anaemic. So, the battle rages on - every time I get a silly little cold or something the dizzies take over my life. I also think that this is not still Labyrinthitis (which my docs insist it still is), because a) they have never found anything wrong with my ears, b) I have not suffered from anxiety since the first attack (which is classic with inner ear disorders) and c) it is very rare to keep on suffering like this with Labs (4 years now).


In answer to your question, I have seen it mentioned lots of times that ferritin levels go up and down but I don't know what causes that. I know that when I have my period I am like death warmed up and feel so tired. I'm not good at knowing when I am actually due but I can tell because the day before it comes I am so unbelievably tired. This lasts till a few days after it is over and then I start to feel normal again (as regards the tiredness).

I can only sympathise with you as I know exactly how life limiting this all is. I am sitting at home at the moment, unable to work, bored out of my skull and sick of feeling dizzy. Do you have to work?

Take care:)

Mac2
[QUOTE=Mac2;3899249]Hi Tibby2

Nice to hear from you. I don't know if you have picked up on my other posts but my ferritin which was tested a couple of weeks ago after taking supplements for 5 months was only up to 22! I am still feeling like c*** and have been off work for 4 weeks with terrible dizziness and balance problems. Life sucks! Can't wait to get up to a level of 50 and see if I feel any better.

I think that an attack of Labyrinthitis started all my problems. That lasted six months and occured 4 years ago. I have always, since 13 years old had heavy periods. They used to last seven days but in the last few years have only lasted 3 days but have been really heavy. So, I think my ferritin levels may have been low for years before this attack of Labyrinthitis (ear virus which actually causes dizzines, balance problems, anxiety etc.). Obviously when I got this ear stuff, my body would have tried to dip into my iron reserves to help me recover and they just weren't there. Since I was first ill, I completely changed my diet to a good healthy one with lots of veg, fruit etc. I think this is why I am not actually anaemic. So, the battle rages on - every time I get a silly little cold or something the dizzies take over my life. I also think that this is not still Labyrinthitis (which my docs insist it still is), because a) they have never found anything wrong with my ears, b) I have not suffered from anxiety since the first attack (which is classic with inner ear disorders) and c) it is very rare to keep on suffering like this with Labs (4 years now).


In answer to your question, I have seen it mentioned lots of times that ferritin levels go up and down but I don't know what causes that. I know that when I have my period I am like death warmed up and feel so tired. I'm not good at knowing when I am actually due but I can tell because the day before it comes I am so unbelievably tired. This lasts till a few days after it is over and then I start to feel normal


mac,thanks for replying .It really is such a drag this stuff isn't it..I really find it interesting the way the balance stuff goes with it,i have read a lot of that,& also expierience it..i don't think it has anything to do with ears to be honest.,another thing for the doctors to fob you off with when they just don't have a clue,and don't want to waste time & money on you.they will also say you don't have symptoms with low ferratin,but I have all the symptoms of aniemia,untill my levels come up again.,like yourself,i feel awful,during bleeds and for about a week after,how im feeling is reflected in my palid complexion.. ..my periods went wrong around the time my iron dropped to next to nothing,and I believe its the ongoing defficiency puting them out of whack.it can't be particularly good for us physicaly or mentaly to be defficient for so long.
on a lighter note!i really do think you will feel much better,when your levels get past around 40 or so,like I mentioned,at 57 I felt so much better.i think a level of 100 & over would be optimal though.seems like a long way away at the moment.!good luck with getting your levels back up mac.





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