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Ferritin levels
Apr 15, 2010
from having ulcerative coloitis for longer than 15 yrs i had become anemic and as a result of that I had to have iron infusions..after about 2 to 3 yrs of doing this my levels returned to normal until just about i month ago...im confused..I just had my blood count checked and it is 11.6 which I know is low but not that bad..my iron is 1...which I know is awful..but I was under the understanding that if my blood levels were ok so would my iron levels be ok too..isnt the iron the building block to keep your blood count where it needs to b...so if my blood level is ok why isnt my iron level???
[QUOTE=diadawn;4226514]from having ulcerative coloitis for longer than 15 yrs i had become anemic and as a result of that I had to have iron infusions..after about 2 to 3 yrs of doing this my levels returned to normal until just about i month ago...im confused..I just had my blood count checked and it is 11.6 which I know is low but not that bad..my iron is 1...which I know is awful..but I was under the understanding that if my blood levels were ok so would my iron levels be ok too..isnt the iron the building block to keep your blood count where it needs to b...so if my blood level is ok why isnt my iron level???[/QUOTE]

So, your Hgb is 11.6 and I am guessing your ferritin is a 1? Is that correct? Ferritin is the iron storage in the body. Serum iron is iron in circulation (like what you eat) at the time of blood testing, so I am not sure what you are referring to as iron. So if your ferritin is low that doesn't necessarily make you anemic. End stages of Ferritn result in anemia. It is possible to have a low ferritin and no be anemic.





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