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Many people with low ferritins complain of symtpoms exactly like yours, even without anemia. There are a lot of tricks to get to be able to tolerate oral iron, and IV iron infusions are frequently done for levels this low. I would aim for getting your ferritin above 50, and if possible above 100. The question is, why is it so low? You may have a problem absorbing it from GI tract. Iron should be taken with Vitamin C to aid absorption. I would see a hematologist, try to figure out why it is so low, (heavy periods, celiac disease, vegan diet, bleeding ulcers, etc) and treat the underlying cause as well as supplementing the iron. Taking the iron with food or at bedtime with a snack can help. Some forms are easier on GI tract than others. What you are taking is inadequate to get this corrected, so I think you need a new game plan personally, with the help of a hematologist.
Thanks Ladybug, sorry I should have said we know the cause, I suffered very heavy periods since a teenager. I am now on the pill to control the bleeding and it has helped. Before the pill 12 months ago my ferritin got up to 30 with iron tablets but then I had to stop them as they made me feel sick. During a 6 month period my ferritin dropped from 30 to 9. I have been on the pill 12 months and my ferritin has gone from 9 to 8. So it is obvious what the cause was but now we have to get it up.

Is 8 very low? What is a normal range? My GP did say it should be at least 50 to feel well.

My GP also wrote to hematology but they said unless I was anaemic to just eat iron rich foods and take spatone. They didn't feel I needed infusions even with my ferritin being at 9.

Thank you for replying.

[QUOTE=ladybud;5208251]Many people with low ferritins complain of symtpoms exactly like yours, even without anemia. There are a lot of tricks to get to be able to tolerate oral iron, and IV iron infusions are frequently done for levels this low. I would aim for getting your ferritin above 50, and if possible above 100. The question is, why is it so low? You may have a problem absorbing it from GI tract. Iron should be taken with Vitamin C to aid absorption. I would see a hematologist, try to figure out why it is so low, (heavy periods, celiac disease, vegan diet, bleeding ulcers, etc) and treat the underlying cause as well as supplementing the iron. Taking the iron with food or at bedtime with a snack can help. Some forms are easier on GI tract than others. What you are taking is inadequate to get this corrected, so I think you need a new game plan personally, with the help of a hematologist.[/QUOTE]





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