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I had my iron level checked because i was not feeling well. My ferritin level is a 4 and saturation is a 8 both low but my cbc was borderline. The last Dr. i went to has not helped me take care of these issues and i am getting frustrated and feeling worse. I don't know if i should be worried about these levels. Daily life activities are a struggle. I could use advice.
4 is quite a low number, my number was 3 as of a few weeks ago when I had my yearly physica, I asked my doc to do blood work and check it. I looked on WEBMD and say they generally for women ages 18-50 it should be between 18-160. My advice is to see a Hematologist. They may redo blood work and put you on iron supplements or a multi vitamin with iron it them to bring back up your iron stores which is what ferritin does. They will ask you questions I'm sure about why this may be happening...heavy periods? Blood on when you have a bowel movement? Dietary history? That is what I'm thinking but then again I'm not a doctor. I've been on iron supps on and off for 5 years and they never found out why. :dizzy:
Hi elizabethwater - with a ferritin of 4 you ought to be on an iron supplement regardless of what your doctor thinks.

Are you a vegetarian or eat little red meat? If so, adding meat into your diet ought to see results.

If you do eat meat and still low in iron then there is another cause and until you find out what the cause is you will constantly be on iron supplements.

For some people it's loss of blood internally or due to extremely heavy periods. For some it's related to a gluten intolerance or digestive disorder causing malabsorption of nutrients.

If your doctor is no help then you ought to find one who is helpful. No use wasting time with a doctor who doesn't care.

Take care and hope you feel better soon :)
I would start taking an iron supplement and a multivitamin such as Centrum. You should start feeling improvement within a few days, but you should kep taking the iron for quite a few months, to build up yout bodys iron stores.

Carbonyl Iron (Sundown Perfect Iron is a brand name) causes a lot less in the way of side effects than most other iron preperations, and it is very cheap..... a well known online drug store is selling a 3 month supply for $4.75
[QUOTE=elizabethwater;3990434]I had my iron level checked because i was not feeling well. My ferritin level is a 4 and saturation is a 8 both low but my cbc was borderline. The last Dr. i went to has not helped me take care of these issues and i am getting frustrated and feeling worse. I don't know if i should be worried about these levels. Daily life activities are a struggle. I could use advice.[/QUOTE]

Hi,

I also have very low ferritin levels (5). My CBC is normal. .
My symptoms were pain on my left shoulder, neck and arm. I also had a very high pulse rate (126). After ruling out any heart condition they finally figured out it was caused by the low levels of ferritin. I was also VERY tired.

I have done alot of research and have gone to several doctors (most of them have not been very helpful).

I finally found a system that works for me and have seen tremendous results.
I take Hemax Iron 1/2 a pill one hour before lunch on an empty stomach and the same at night one hour before dinner. It helps if you can take your iron with orange juice or some form of Vitamin C but make sure to take it on an empty stomach and wait one hour before eating. I also take 200mg of magnesium Glycinate on an empty stomach first thing in the morning and before i go to bed. The magnesium will be very helpful in making sure you do not get constipated from the iron. I'm also taking floradix iron + herbs with my nightime dose of Hemax.

For the first time in along time i'm not tired when i wake up or late afternoon. My mind feels clear and i can focus which i was not able to do before. My pain in my arm, neck and shoulder are gone. My pulse is 85.
its only been two weeks but i feel amazing.

Good Luck
[QUOTE=elizabethwater;3990434]I had my iron level checked because i was not feeling well. My ferritin level is a 4 and saturation is a 8 both low but my cbc was borderline. The last Dr. i went to has not helped me take care of these issues and i am getting frustrated and feeling worse. I don't know if i should be worried about these levels. Daily life activities are a struggle. I could use advice.[/QUOTE]
Elizabethwater, I have been fighting iron deficiency since 2007. I started out being fatigue and not able to do anything at all. Found out that my iron saturation was a 3. I go every 3 months for 5 sessions of ferritin by IV and today my Iron Saturation is at 14.7. The doctors explain that my body does not metabolize the iron and that I am bleeding out (have peptic ulcers) faster than the iron can be absorbed. I highly recommend going to a Hematologist, as they understand the blood disorders. R/Iron Deficient in Maryland
[QUOTE=Audrey-B;4116088]No problem. Hoping all goes well. Be careful of those doctors who tell you tests have come back normal as often doctors are only looking at 'lab ranges' and not where you are supposed to be. That's how i ended up going undiagnosed for 9 years when i was suffering from a thyroid condition all along.[/QUOTE]

These Dr's are morons. I'm firmly convinced of that. I understand that medicine is called a "practice" for a reason, but... There's should be a certain baseline of knowledge that each of them share. When you go to 4 Dr's for the same thing and get 4 different answers (and each one is convinced that the other is wrong!), it gets very frustrating. Especially when you're a parent with a sick kid.

But it's not just blood/iron issues. We were just told last week that my mother has stage 4 inoperable cancer in her breast, lymph nodes and liver. Back in March, she had a mamogram and an exam and was given a clean bill of health. Even though she's had pain in her breast and under her arm the entire time.

It's enough to make someone go postal...





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