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Low ferritin takes a very long time to bounce back from. Months...years. Depends on how well your body is absorbing and if the cause has been found. Usually iron deficiencies are just a symptom of a larger problem. Heavy bleeding, celiac's disease, b12 deficiencies, ulcers, etc. Most people don't report feeling better till their ferritin levels reach 50-70's. Taking iron will make a difference but it's not like taking a round of antibiotics, it takes a while, longer then any of us wish :(.

If you are having issues with your stomach it is ok to take it with food. Drink OJ with it as it helps the absorption. Try a slow release kind of iron. I am taking Hema-plex sustained release right now it's packed with other vitamins as well and I love it. Some of the side effects do suck and sometimes you have to switch around to find one that is easier for your system. This is where having a Dr. comes in handy because he can give you some ideas. Also you are going to want to be getting your labs checked every now and again. It's not recommended to take iron w/o Dr's care.

Best wishes!
There is a cause. I started with a ferritin of a 2 last year. I have had heavy monthlies every month for as long as I can remember, I got an ablation and need to get my labs checked again to see if they are getting any better now that I'm not bleeding anymore. Do you have heavy periods? Ulcers? Gluten intolerance (Celiac's Disease) a lot of the times a simple change in diet or something to slow/stop bleeding etc is a life saver, but if you keep struggling with this I can't stress enough that you have your Dr. start investigating why you are continuously becoming anemic.

The first thing that goes with anemia is your ferritin which is your iron stores, the iron serum, the saturation, then your hemoglobin and hematocrit will start slipping.

My Dr. is very good to me. My last check my ferritin had reached a 33, my hematocrit and hemoglobin were finally up but I can not stress to you enough that just because you have a normal hemoglobin and hematocrit doesn't mean a thing, many people can still be anemic and these number can still be normal. I still feel bad and I still have bad days. Having a low ferritin can cause so many unpleasant side effects.

I just did a ton of research because I wanted to know what was wrong with me. I taught myself what I had and what was going on with my body, I also taught myself how to read labs. I got every side effect possible and then some I'm sure including anxiety, panic, and depression. My Dr. wanted to treat me for depression and OCD at first then ended up calling me back and telling me to come trade anti-depressants for iron. :/ Going on a year now. Longest year of my life.
I have been feeling really run down and all my tests came normal except for a ferritin level of 8. My hgb is 12.3 though. My doctor asked me to take one iron pill a day. I started with iron bisglycinate - 18mg a day since I read that it has less side effects. However, I get slight headache, bloated stomach and nausea whenever I take it. Anyone else used that kind and noticed side effects ? Would a slow release iron have less side-effects ?
You know snow having low ferritin can cause the same side effects? I feel and felt the same way, I just sucked it up and took the iron because honestly feeling the way I feel without it was so much worse.

Symptoms of low ferritin:

Minor aches
Pica
Fatigue
Weakness
Heart palpitations
Increased pulse
Loss of energy
Loss of libido
Confusion
Irritability
Headache
Hairloss
Loss of energy levels in the body
Confusion
Pale skin and eyes
Brittle nails
Cognitive problems
Excessive bruising
Pain in abdomen
Tingling and numbness of the fingers and toes.

The list goes on and on. Take a slower release might be easier but the lower your dose the less iron your getting, the longer this is going to take. Also you might want to give yourself/body a while to adjust to the iron sometimes a lot of the side effects from the iron go away as your body adjust. How long did you take that dose of iron?
[QUOTE=Heatherx5;5153558]You know snow having low ferritin can cause the same side effects? I feel and felt the same way, I just sucked it up and took the iron because honestly feeling the way I feel without it was so much worse.

Symptoms of low ferritin:

Minor aches
Pica
Fatigue
Weakness
Heart palpitations
Increased pulse
Loss of energy
Loss of libido
Confusion
Irritability
Headache
Hairloss
Loss of energy levels in the body
Confusion
Pale skin and eyes
Brittle nails
Cognitive problems
Excessive bruising
Pain in abdomen
Tingling and numbness of the fingers and toes.

The list goes on and on. Take a slower release might be easier but the lower your dose the less iron your getting, the longer this is going to take. Also you might want to give yourself/body a while to adjust to the iron sometimes a lot of the side effects from the iron go away as your body adjust. How long did you take that dose of iron?[/QUOTE]

I did feel worst before starting the Iron. I felt like I was sleeping my life away. The slower release Iron tablets that I have seen have more daily allowance than the one I am taking. I am taking 18mg, which is just 100% daily coverage. My doctor wanted me to take just that much or just Women's one a day with Iron. I have been taking it for a little more than a month now. My physical fatigue is slightly better but I still feel pretty lightheaded some days.
[QUOTE=Heatherx5;5153567]Give it some time. I know it sucks but you will get there. I take slower release and it just makes more sense to me. Instead of getting hit with a ton of iron at once and getting rid of the rest it goes out slower and the body gets more instead of getting rid of it. At least this is the theory I have, it's mine, lol. I am hoping it works. I have been taking the slow release for a while now with no labs done since on it. I got my blood drawn today should have the results tomorrow, can't wait. It was more of an absorption thing for me, and making sure I was getting all the iron I was taking and needed. I think all the symptoms just blended into one for me and I was so depressed I didn't care.[/QUOTE]

Do you get any side effects with the slow release Iron ? Could you please share if your results went up when you get the reports ? My doctor said that a ferritin of 8 is slightly low and not of much concern. However, I have read online that 8 is really low.
[QUOTE=Heatherx5;5153413]There is a cause. I started with a ferritin of a 2 last year. I have had heavy monthlies every month for as long as I can remember, I got an ablation and need to get my labs checked again to see if they are getting any better now that I'm not bleeding anymore. Do you have heavy periods? Ulcers? Gluten intolerance (Celiac's Disease) a lot of the times a simple change in diet or something to slow/stop bleeding etc is a life saver, but if you keep struggling with this I can't stress enough that you have your Dr. start investigating why you are continuously becoming anemic.

The first thing that goes with anemia is your ferritin which is your iron stores, the iron serum, the saturation, then your hemoglobin and hematocrit will start slipping.

My Dr. is very good to me. My last check my ferritin had reached a 33, my hematocrit and hemoglobin were finally up but I can not stress to you enough that just because you have a normal hemoglobin and hematocrit doesn't mean a thing, many people can still be anemic and these number can still be normal. I still feel bad and I still have bad days. Having a low ferritin can cause so many unpleasant side effects.

I just did a ton of research because I wanted to know what was wrong with me. I taught myself what I had and what was going on with my body, I also taught myself how to read labs. I got every side effect possible and then some I'm sure including anxiety, panic, and depression. My Dr. wanted to treat me for depression and OCD at first then ended up calling me back and telling me to come trade anti-depressants for iron. :/ Going on a year now. Longest year of my life.[/QUOTE]

Thanks so much for your reply Heather. You've given me a lot more information than the doctor gave me. I have tons of the symptoms of anemia and over the last 6 months I feel like I'm a burden to my family as I'm constantly not well and don't even like telling them any more (though they have been very supportive). My doctor seems to think there is not really an issue and isn't concerned about the cause or getting the levels up but I will persevere now that I know it likely is the cause. I have quite heavy periods and also have difficulty digesting wheat (though I'm not coeliac). I have suffered from anxiety in the past so doc may be blaming this for the palpitations rather than the low ferritin. I also had full anemia with low RBC then so wondering if that was the cause and no-one ever really connected the two things?!

I'm glad you are making progress and hope that your bad days become less and less frequent.:)
Are you saying you don't think a ferritin of 9 is low? I'm not going to try and convince you if it's low or not, I can just give you my own opinion. It's low. Ferritin is your iron stores, it's a number that can go all the way up to 200 it's also the hardest number to raise. It takes months and sometimes even years of taking iron to get that number to move. I started with a ferritin of a 2 and have been taking iron for a year now and it's barely in the 60's. My OB tells me I can plan on taking iron for another year to get my stores back up. Once ferritin starts depleting it's really hard to get back up. Some people feel the effects some don't. A period of any kind while anemic is not good, your bleeding and your losing iron and if your not taking iron to get it back your just going to fall more.





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