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I have been anemic for years and even now, regardless of who the doctor is, the ferritin is not routinely checked unless I remind them. This used to happen when I lived in California and now in Oregon, so it seems to be regardless of who the doctor is, and even when I tested anemic at the last test. It's really annoying because now I am finding out that there is a type of anemia caused by inflammation that specifically is clued by a normal to high ferritin, but low circulating blood counts and the anemia is generally considered mild. So even a "normal" ferritin in the presence of mild anemia may actually be clinically significant.

Very perplexing to me.

-Sonya
[QUOTE=ChickieLou;4212619]I have been anemic for years and even now, regardless of who the doctor is, the ferritin is not routinely checked unless I remind them. This used to happen when I lived in California and now in Oregon, so it seems to be regardless of who the doctor is, and even when I tested anemic at the last test. It's really annoying because now I am finding out that there is a type of anemia caused by inflammation that specifically is clued by a normal to high ferritin, but low circulating blood counts and the anemia is generally considered mild. So even a "normal" ferritin in the presence of mild anemia may actually be clinically significant.

Very perplexing to me.

-Sonya[/QUOTE]

I am kind of reassured that this blood test is given such low priority, if I was feeling ill with my low level then that would be another matter of course:dizzy:

My doctor is fast coming to the conclusion that my low reading has been a bit of red herring with all the procedures I have had to go through because of it!





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