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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=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 recently had blood tests at the VA and I have low Ferrit 8 and RBC is normal 4.83. I have an annual exam on June 3. I do feel tired and walking a distance is an effort. some of the other blood related results also off but don't know what it means.TIBC is 484 and %TIBC is 13. I've always had high ALK PHO 214 but doctors have no concern. I have some Pagets.
[QUOTE=oldman76;4237720]I recently had blood tests at the VA and I have low Ferrit 8 and RBC is normal 4.83. I have an annual exam on June 3. I do feel tired and walking a distance is an effort. some of the other blood related results also off but don't know what it means.TIBC is 484 and %TIBC is 13. I've always had high ALK PHO 214 but doctors have no concern. I have some Pagets.[/QUOTE]

I have now been on Ferrous Sulfate 325 mg 2x day for 2 months and my ferritin is now 23.9. I had a hemocult card test and was negative. I have been referred to a gastro specialist who I saw and now have scheduled a colonoscopy and endoscopy. I have not been taken off the ferrous sulfate. So what can I expect from the tests? If my ferritin is now normal and I stop taking it will it go back down? And if was down because I am loosing blood somewhere, where is it going? Perhaps the test will show something? The doctor used a term "malabsorbtion" which I assume I may not be absorbing iron except the medication did raise my level.





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