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Your ferritin is low. Ferritin 19.20 (10.0-291.0). Most women don't report even feeling better till their ferritin reaches numbers in the 50-70's. My hair didn't even start growing back till my ferritin was in the 60's. Look up some of the side effects of having low ferritin. My ferritin was in the 60's last time I checked. I started with a 2 and had been taking iron for over a year. Having low ferritin can make you feel absolutely terrible and I think it's something that you should really look into. Just because your not clinically anemic does not mean that you are not low enough to make you feel bad.

I also wanted to add having low ferritin is not something you can fix in a month. I have been taking iron for over a YEAR. It takes a long while to get that number back up there and I know with a lot of my issues they can be related right back to directly having low ferritin. Anyone who says your ferritin is normal is wrong. It's WAY to low. I won't even argue it. That number takes a long time to raise.
[QUOTE=Heatherx5;5203512]Your ferritin is low. Ferritin 19.20 (10.0-291.0). Most women don't report even feeling better till their ferritin reaches numbers in the 50-70's. My hair didn't even start growing back till my ferritin was in the 60's. Look up some of the side effects of having low ferritin. My ferritin was in the 60's last time I checked. I started with a 2 and had been taking iron for over a year. Having low ferritin can make you feel absolutely terrible and I think it's something that you should really look into. Just because your not clinically anemic does not mean that you are not low enough to make you feel bad.

I also wanted to add having low ferritin is not something you can fix in a month. I have been taking iron for over a YEAR. It takes a long while to get that number back up there and I know with a lot of my issues they can be related right back to directly having low ferritin. Anyone who says your ferritin is normal is wrong. It's WAY to low. I won't even argue it. That number takes a long time to raise.[/QUOTE]


Heather,

Thanks so much for the reply. I have been taking iron Ferrous Fumarate 325 twice a day. Which iron do you take?

Vonda
I want to post this here for you to see I know sometimes things get lost in the shuffle. It's a previous post on another thread.

Ferritin levels are a good way to detect IDA in the early stages because it's one of the first things to go. Having a low hemoglobin shows that the IDA is in a later stage. By the time your hemoglobin gets low it's time for iron, but why Dr's wait for that to happen is beyond me!

That is why I believe Dr's should use a ferritin test more often then not because it's a very early indicator of a problem before waiting for the last stages which are hemoglobin and hematocrit dropping. Ferritin takes months and years to raise and your body is putting the iron where it needs to be. Once your iron serum goes up it's going to start dumping back into your stores.





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