Originally Posted by Ritah
My Hemoglobin has always "looked" normal at 12. My iron stores were low. Causing the same symptoms that you describe. I suffered for a year. You NEED to see a specialist (Hematologist). Most Regular doctors don't understand the complexity of anemia. One doctor also told me I must be depressed, because I was sleeping so much.
Oral iron may not bring your numbers up enough. I get iron infusions when my ferritin drops (iron stores) below 50-even if hemoglobin is normal. Please see someone who knows how to treat you. There is no need to suffer and be treated that way. It is not in your head.
I am curious about your situation. I have low ferritin but "normal" hemoglobin. I am also hypothyroid. I paid a lot to go to a hematolgist, but was told that my 18 ferritin was fine (low value 12 on test) and that in fact, I should NOT supplement with iron. Since I am not clinically
anemic, they were not concerned and also suggested that the fatigue was somehow imaginary! Even though I explained that sometimes my heart is pounding and I tremble in exhaustion and must lay down.
Anyway, I have been taking iron supplementation on my own and am now at 20 ferritin after a month. I wonder what your dr said about the benchmark of 50. I would like to have a optimum level in mind to reach through supplementation and have some info to tell me dr as to why I am supplementing to achieve a higher ferritin level.
I am so fatigued even with thyroid hormone treatment. I wondered what your dr said about