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I am new to this board. On Friday after a month of iron treatments or oral iron I was diagnosed with a ferritin deficiency. I had never even heard of ferritin. Since Friday I spent an immense amount of time reading as much as I can locate on anemia caused by low ferritin. I am still very confused.

I sit typing on here with a copy of my blood work beside me:

Whit Blood Cell 7.8
Hemoglobin 10L (I thought this was great as I was admitted to the hospital the Sunday after Thanksgiving because it was 5.8L)
Hemocrit 33L
Platelet 440
Mean Corpuscular Volume 75.2 L
Mean Corpuscular HGB Concentration 30.3 L
Red Cell Distribution Width-CV 22.2

Iron Level 19 L
Total Iron Binding 581

% Transferrin Saturation 3L

Ferritin L4

I am supposed to hear from a hemotologist this week to have them set up some type of IV treatment. I know sooo very little about all this. If anyone can enlighten me, please do!

Thank You.
Hi Diana

Sorry to hear about your problems.

I don't understand your readings as I have never had any of these tests done myself.

I do know however, that ferritin is very important to your body. I was never diagnosed as being anaemic (not within the last few years anyway), because my hemoglobin tests were fine, however my ferritin came back at 10.

Your ferritin is L4, I'm not sure what the 'L' means, I'm assuming it could mean level? Anyway, if it is standing at 4 then that's pretty low.

Do you have any symptoms? Hair loss, tiredness, etc?

What has your iron treatment consisted of? I can tell you that it has taken me over two years of taking over 400mg per day to reach a satisfactory level. My last reading was 109 last September. My daughter who is 14 started at ferritin 14 a year ago and her reading was up to 86 last September.

It does take a long time to get your levels back up but I do feel a lot better now. I used to have to sleep nearly every afternoon because I was so exhausted but not any more. I wouldn't say I was jumping around with loads of energy but I don't need rest through the day now!

I am sorry also that I don't know anything about IV treatment as I have never had that or been offered it. I am UK based and in my experience with this the GPs just don't really want to know about it :mad: They think it's ok to be low in ferritin but it really is not.

Many women lose hair with this condition - I was lucky to just have a little bit of thinning going on - and your body needs to have a ferritin level of 79 to even produce new hair - and still the GPs don't listen.

Anyway, sorry that I cannot be much help to you - if you have any other questions please ask and hopefully someone else will be able to read your blood work results for you:)


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