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Hi, to try and cut a long story short. My ferritin levels were found to be low years ago. I finally found the correct iron tabs (Fersamal 210mg, high in elemental iron) and after 3 months they shot up to 88. Great, but then if i don't continue with the iron tabs they go back down again (now 29). I put it down to heavy periods, but for 4 months now I have been taking a contraceptive pill (Cerazette) to stop my bleeds (which has it's own side effects) to help me retain my iron. This so far has not worked. Looking back over the years my B12 has also been above normal levels and my doctors say it's nothing to worry about, and my transferrin saturate has also been above normal levels but my GP tells me the same thing. I just want to understand (1) why my ferritin keeps getting low (and when it does I normally catch everything under the sun and get sick and have no energy to do anything and work is not happy with me takin so much time off, and I then feel depressed because I can't do my sport, which is worrying) - (2) why my B12 is above normal levels even though I don't take any supplements and (3) what it all means. I just want my mojo back, this has been going on for 10 years now after taking anti-depressants (which i now refuse to go back on) and not being able to pursue sports because instead of invigorating me, it exhausts me. Please help, am so fed up!
Hi, I do take iron tablets (fersamal 210 mg x 3) but as you can see it's quite a high dosage with its own side effects taking them long term (ie. stomach and joint pain). I am also taking a contraceptive pill purely to stop my months so that my iron levels do not fall, but after 4 months on this (and these too have their own side effects) it doesn't seem to making any difference. As soon as I stop taking fersamal my ferritin drops from 88 down to 29 and I feel exhausted. I've even been tested for Coleac (as my brother and sister have it) but I am negative. I just want my energy back and after years of this, it becomes rather frustrating. What I really want to know is why I my body doesn't seem to retain my iron levels and what I can do to help myself (as naturally as possible). Thanks for your response.
Thank you Johnstar. It's so lovely when people are out there supporting people like me. You have no idea how hard it is to get this support where I am from and it's been a long and lonely road at times as this has been going on for years, so it 's uplifting when people like you and DaleP bother. I will do as you suggest in the hope that my energy levels return and I can get back into doing some sport that I miss so much. Thanks again x

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