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Hi I am in the UK so not sure if you mean Heamoglobin?? Mine is 12.5 but my serum ferritn is very low also at 3, I have been given a course of iron tablets for 3 months. I feel and have felt dreadful for about a year, tired, palpatations, and headaches. Hope this helps.

CJ
[QUOTE=teresamichele;4236743]I'm wondering if anyone else has this problem, while I'm waiting to hear back from my doctor.

I had blood work done this week because I have been EXHAUSTED. I thought I might be anemic (I have been before).

So the test comes back and my ferritin is 3 - the lowest it's ever been. My RBC, though, was fine. Hemoglobin and Hematocrit were low, but not drastically. My WBC is *high* but it's generally high.

I'm getting my thyroid tested next week, but in the meantime, is anyone else dealing with a super-low ferritin while having a normal RBC?[/QUOTE]

I think it's a normal thing. When I was anemic and as my lab reflected it was a long, long process getting to that point, my RBC's were consistently normal values. However, my Hgb was 8.5 and my ferritin a 2, so I would say it is normal. That has been my personal experience. Now, when there is a simple iron deficiency anemia present, your labs with look like this:

[B]CBC[/B]
Hgb <
Hct <
MCV <
MCH <
MCHC <
Platelets >
RDW >

[B]Ferritin Stand Alone test[/B]
1-10 (less than 10 approximately)
low Ferritin

[B]Iron Package:[/B]
Serum Iron LOW
TIBC HIGH
% SAT LOW
TIBC High
I have low Ferritin (5) and normal RBC. My Dr's don't seem too concerned about it. My iron was low too so I took iron pills and now the iron is in the normal range, but Ferritin is still low.
Hi, I am another low ferritin of 5 with an excellent blood count and everything else they tested for, B12 etc. were all in good ranges. Have also had the colonoscopy and endoscopy, all results were normal. I have been on ferrous fumerate for a few months now and I have gone up to a 24 - UK 'normal' range is 22-332 - so I am to continue but my doctor is not at all worried, said I could always have had that low ferritin level, may be a red herring in assessing my health even!

So I am not unduly worried. Good luck with your investigations :)
[QUOTE=sue46;4288488]Hi, I am another low ferritin of 5 with an excellent blood count and everything else they tested for, B12 etc. were all in good ranges. Have also had the colonoscopy and endoscopy, all results were normal. I have been on ferrous fumerate for a few months now and I have gone up to a 24 - UK 'normal' range is 22-332 - so I am to continue but my doctor is not at all worried, said I could always have had that low ferritin level, may be a red herring in assessing my health even!

So I am not unduly worried. Good luck with your investigations :)[/QUOTE]
I don't think it should be necessary to continue to have to take the ferrous sulfate. If you stop will you go back to a low number? I guess you have to stop and and have it checked again after a period of being off it. I would also expect the doctor to explain why it is low and you have no evidence of loosing blood. No worry, but must be an answer.





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