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For the past five years, I have felt like absolute crap. When it first began, I was given a blood test and was told my iron and hemaglobin were fine but my Ferritin was at a 6. I was prescribed iron pills but had to stop taking them because they made me so sick. Two years ago, I was put on birth control because of ovarian cysts. I haven't had periods since but my symptoms haven't changed.

I feel tired all the time. I will get a full night of sleep, be up for a couple hours, nap for three or four or five hours, then go back to sleep for twelve. It isn't normal. My joints all hurt, I am constantly dizzy and I get short of breath when I try doing anything even semi-strenuous. My vision goes blurry sometimes and I have a hard time concentrating and remembering things. The longer this has gone on the worse my symptoms seem to get.

From test to test, the only common denominator has been my low ferritin. After five years and putting a stop to my periods, my level has only gone up to a 12 which I am told is on the low end of normal. The first dr told me to "eat some spinach." So, I went to see a hematologist and she told me essentially that I'm crazy and to take some multivitamins because my ferritin can't be causing any of those problems since my hemaglobin and blood iron are fine. I told her that I've been reading up on it and even a 12 for ferritin is NOT ok. She said to wait 6 months and have the levels rechecked. In her words, "You've been dealing with it for 5 years, what's another 6 months?" Not only was I insulted but I'm frustrated. I can't keep living this way. I'm 21 and I feel like I'm 80. I want to be able to have fun and go out without feeling like I've been hit by a train or that I haven't slept in a year.

Does anyone have any advice or can anyone recommend a Dr in MI who knows at least something about low ferritin?
[QUOTE=rah19899;4677125]For the past five years, I have felt like absolute crap. When it first began, I was given a blood test and was told my iron and hemaglobin were fine but my Ferritin was at a 6. I was prescribed iron pills but had to stop taking them because they made me so sick. Two years ago, I was put on birth control because of ovarian cysts. I haven't had periods since but my symptoms haven't changed.

I feel tired all the time. I will get a full night of sleep, be up for a couple hours, nap for three or four or five hours, then go back to sleep for twelve. It isn't normal. My joints all hurt, I am constantly dizzy and I get short of breath when I try doing anything even semi-strenuous. My vision goes blurry sometimes and I have a hard time concentrating and remembering things. The longer this has gone on the worse my symptoms seem to get.

From test to test, the only common denominator has been my low ferritin. After five years and putting a stop to my periods, my level has only gone up to a 12 which I am told is on the low end of normal. The first dr told me to "eat some spinach." So, I went to see a hematologist and she told me essentially that I'm crazy and to take some multivitamins because my ferritin can't be causing any of those problems since my hemaglobin and blood iron are fine. I told her that I've been reading up on it and even a 12 for ferritin is NOT ok. She said to wait 6 months and have the levels rechecked. In her words, "You've been dealing with it for 5 years, what's another 6 months?" Not only was I insulted but I'm frustrated. I can't keep living this way. I'm 21 and I feel like I'm 80. I want to be able to have fun and go out without feeling like I've been hit by a train or that I haven't slept in a year.

Does anyone have any advice or can anyone recommend a Dr in MI who knows at least something about low ferritin?[/QUOTE]


[QUOTE=rah19899;4677125]For the past five years, I have felt like absolute crap. When it first began, I was given a blood test and was told my iron and hemaglobin were fine but my Ferritin was at a 6. I was prescribed iron pills but had to stop taking them because they made me so sick.


Does anyone have any advice or can anyone recommend a Dr in MI who knows at least something about low ferritin?[/QUOTE]



if all you want is get your ferritin up, then forget about doctors, you can handle this yourself - you should just experiment to find a supplement that does not make you sick. which ones did you try before?

of course make sure the dosage is not too low either, as long as you can tolerate it.

also, "fine hemoglobin", is that in the middle of range or borderline low?!





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