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Just got my test results back which stated ferritin at 7 . Dr. has put me on prescription iron. other counts were all in mostly normal range. Iron wa around 37.

My question is how the heck can my number be so low when i take iron suplpements and also eat lots of iron rich foods??? I eat leafy greens and veggies ALL DAY( I love them) and red meat(not a huge amount but at least one serving every other day). i can't even IMAGINE what my levels would be without supplements and green veggies all day:confused:

So how can one have such a low number eating so much iron all day????
I'm just starting out with all this. i have felt like crap and tired most my life so i just pretty much learned to ignore it. Of course something dramatic had to happen before i did something about it..
I always had hair that was thin and fell out easy, didn't grow hardly at all...blah blah blah. i have numerous times asked drs. about this but they always say the same thing which is "It must be stress" and tell me just relax. The last Dr. said this and I told him if I made HIS SALARY i could relax and take it easy JUST FINE. LOL he was not amused.

So then last month my hair started falling out in clumps. instead of a THOUSAND single strands a day i now am losing a few thousand a day and in clumps of about 5 or strands t a time. This goes on all day every day and I have a bout hALF my hair left. So the new Dr. ran the fasting tests and everything was pretty much in normal range or very close except FERRITIN. So now he has decided to put me on the prescription iron. I just started it yesterday.I'm in my forties and not yet started menopause
[QUOTE=Sherry1563;3813698]Just got my test results back which stated ferritin at 7 . Dr. has put me on prescription iron. other counts were all in mostly normal range. Iron was around 37.

My question is how the heck can my number be so low when i take iron suplpements and also eat lots of iron rich foods??? I eat leafy greens and veggies ALL DAY( I love them) and red meat(not a huge amount but at least one serving every other day). i can't even IMAGINE what my levels would be without supplements and green veggies all day:confused:

So how can one have such a low number eating so much iron all day????[/QUOTE]

Hi, most of the members of my family have low ferretin levels and it is all due to a B-12 deficiency that runs in our family. All my life my iron always tested fine (the blood level of iron). Three years ago, I was feeling really awful and one of the things the Dr. checked was my ferritin (how much iron I was absorbing). Of course it came out low so he then looked into my B-12 levels and that was the cause. Iron cannot be absorbed properly without B-12. That is why B-12 deficiency is called pernicious anemia (pernicious meaning aggresive). Since I first found that I was low in B-12 and started on B-12 shots, 6 other members in my family all tested low in ferritin and B-12 deficiency. The local pharmacy has to stock a lot of B-12 now. Our ferritin levels have all come up but we all MUST take iron every day. Make sure your doctor checks your B-12 AND don't start taking the B-12 by mouth first or it WILL affect the results of your test. Good luck!
Hi Audrey-B:

In testing my hormones, they are all within normal range for a menopausal woman; that being prog/estrogen/test + <0. etc.

I thought my hair loss was due to my hormones because it started at the onset of menopause, so I asked my gyno to put me on HRT. I am on the 0.50 Vivelle.dot patch and Prometrium, however I have not noticed any change in my hair.

So presently, I am taking Repliva (iron supplement via prescription) and the HRT. I am NOT on any sort of thyroid medication because I cannot find a Doctor who agress I have a thyroid problem after continually looking at my test results and/or ordering new tests. However I truly believe since my TSH continually goes up and down, that I do have a thyroid problem. Also because I am always freezing and have lost the out 1/3 of my eyebrows.

The Doctors you have seen sound absolutely fabulous! Lucky you! I wish they were like that in the US. I tried posting a request on this site for a referral in the Midwest, however the Administrator takes the information out of the forum because apparently it's against the rules???? Information like this is so badly in need, and I thought that was the purpose of this forum to help people. Go figure.

Thank you for all your wonderful advice and info.





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