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I'm currently taking Feosol (Carbonyl Iron) @ 45mg per day, as per my doctor's intructions. Given that my ferritin level is 5 and my iron is low (both have been low for some time), should I be on a higher dose of iron? It seems low to me, and my numbers haven't improved in some time.

My symptoms are horrible right now. Brain fog, painfully fatigued, brittle/shedding hair, nails breaking, palpatations, headaches, body aches, restless leg (so bad!), etc. I don't know that the anemia is causing all of that (and other problems I didn't mention), as I'm dealing with health issues with overlapping sypmtoms (Hashimoto's - TSH is still very high, SVT, endometriosis, disc and nerve problems, fibro).

Until recently my B12 was low, but shots helped me get back to a good level. Now that I'm off the bi-weeklly B12 shots, my symptoms feel worse.

Anyway, any advice on what I should be discussing with my doctor would be appreciated. I'm spending most days in bed (and working from bed) and long to feel better than this.

One additional point (on edit) is that I have very heavy periods. They last 6-7 days and my cycle is often 21 days or less.

If it's any help, here are my full lab results and ranges (as of one week ago) for CBC, Iron, Ferritin and abnormals from my Urinalysis:

CBC w/Differential/Platelet
WBC - 10.0 (4.0-10.5)
[COLOR="darkred"]RBC - 5.12 (3.80-5.10) High[/COLOR]
Hemoglobin - 12.5 (11.5-15.0)
Hematocrit - 37.8 (34.0-44.0)
[COLOR="darkred"]MCV - 74 (80-98) Low[/COLOR]
[COLOR="darkred"]MCH 24.4 (27.0-34.0) Low[/COLOR]
MCHC - 33.0 (32.0-36.0)
[COLOR="darkred"]RDW - 19.0 (11.7-15.0) High[/COLOR]
Platelets - 358 (140-415)
Neutrophils - 66 (40-74)
Lymphs - 24 (14-46)
Monocytes - 5 (4-13)
Eos - 4 (0-7)
Basos - 1 (0-3)
Neutophils (Absolute) - 6.7 (1.8-7.8)
Lymphs (Absolute) - 2.4 (0.7-4.5)
Monocytes (Absolute) - 0.5 (0.1-1.0)
Eos (Absolute) - 0.4 (0.0-0.4)
Baso (Absolute) - 0.1 (0.0-0.2)

[COLOR="DarkRed"]
Iron, serum 21 (35-155) Low

Ferritin, Serum 5 (10-291) Low[/COLOR]

Urinalysis
[COLOR="DarkRed"]WBC Esterase - Trace (Negative)
Occult Blood - 1+ (Negative)
WBC - 6-10 (0-5)
Bacteria - Moderate (None/Few)[/COLOR]


Thanks for reading all of this :)





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