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Re: Low ferritin
May 26, 2013
b2b, having been anemic my whole life, I understand what you're going through. You need to see a hematologist in order to have them run tests to find out why you are not absorbing the iron. The doctor that told you if your iron level is normal even though you have low ferritin is not very knowledgeable in this matter. I've never had a doctor tell me that and I've been dealing with this my whole life. If your ferritin level is low there is no way you can overload on iron to where it becomes toxic any time soon. That takes a lot of time. Your numbers should be watched every 3 months in order to make sure it goes up, and that way they'll see if it ever gets too high. If you go see a hematologist, they can do intravenous iron for you.

Good luck!
Re: Low ferritin
Jun 9, 2013
Transfusions are usually done when HB closer to 9. Since there is some risk with transfusions, the oral iron should work and if not, IV iron should be tried. You should get a 1.5 point rise in HB in one month (about 2-3 on HCT) on daily iron as long as you are absorbing it well. That will be enough to help you feel better gradually over next month or two. It will take a long time to get iron stores replaced to a decent level, like about a year starting so low. So when you are sure the iron is working, buy in quantity! Let us know how you progress. Things will get better!
Re: Low ferritin
Jun 9, 2013
[QUOTE=ladybud;5185591]Transfusions are usually done when HB closer to 9. Since there is some risk with transfusions, the oral iron should work and if not, IV iron should be tried. You should get a 1.5 point rise in HB in one month (about 2-3 on HCT) on daily iron as long as you are absorbing it well. That will be enough to help you feel better gradually over next month or two. It will take a long time to get iron stores replaced to a decent level, like about a year starting so low. So when you are sure the iron is working, buy in quantity! Let us know how you progress. Things will get better![/QUOTE]





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