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Is this very low?
Apr 23, 2009
I had a blood test done that I ordered online because I suspect I have iron defiency anemia (I have heavy periods and I'm a vegetarian who eats close to no cheese or eggs). I realize now what a stupid plan this was because I'm not sure what to do with the results. I'm just tired of my doctor assuming I'm tired because I have four kids! And I just feel off. Anyway, here are the results:
Ferretin 7 (Low) Range 10-291
Iron Saturation 13 (Low) Range 15-55
TIBC 416 Range 250-450
UIBC 360 Range 150-375
Iron, Serum 56 Range 35-155

I realize the firsts tests are low but are they very low? In other words, can I wait a week or two to make an appointment?
How is Ferretin low and Iron Serum normal? I don't understand.
Can Ferretin levels vary by the time of the month? This test was done just after my period.

Thank you for any input.
[QUOTE=Florida6;3964898]I had a blood test done that I ordered online because I suspect I have iron defiency anemia (I have heavy periods and I'm a vegetarian who eats close to no cheese or eggs). I realize now what a stupid plan this was because I'm not sure what to do with the results. I'm just tired of my doctor assuming I'm tired because I have four kids! And I just feel off. Anyway, here are the results:
Ferretin 7 (Low) Range 10-291
Iron Saturation 13 (Low) Range 15-55
TIBC 416 Range 250-450
UIBC 360 Range 150-375
Iron, Serum 56 Range 35-155

I realize the firsts tests are low but are they very low? In other words, can I wait a week or two to make an appointment?
How is Ferretin low and Iron Serum normal? I don't understand.
Can Ferretin levels vary by the time of the month? This test was done just after my period.

Thank you for any input.[/QUOTE]

[COLOR="Blue"]Florida6--Welcome to the boards!

No, I would NOT say you are stupid at all on the contrary, quite the opposite. now that you have this knowledge you should see your PCP.

To answer your questions, some people don't become anemic until they are at a 5 ferritin. That doesn't mean this would be the case for you, I am just sharing here. I wouldn't wait for an appointment, I would go on ahead and make one. Severe and moderate anemia are typically a result of no ferritin or 1-3 or so perhaps. Anemia is the final stage of the ferritin (stored iron in the bone marrow and organs) stores. You do need a CBC, B-12, Folate ran. I believe that the serum iron lowers after the ferritin, I think this is how it works. If this is simple iron deficiency you will need to be on iron supplements to build the ferritin store up high, not just "within range" because when you get there often docs will say all is fine, and often it results in a cycle. People end up here all the time because they discontinued iron supplements way to soon. It can take up to a year to replete the stores. Regular blood loss is often the cause of a lowered ferritin. Keep us posted. FLFG


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