recently I have read that many doctors in the USA are already using the new norm range for ferritin: 50- 150/200. Are your docs working with this new norm range?
I had years ferritin under 20 and my doc always said it's o.k., because she was using the old norm ranges 10-180, (I'm living in Germany) but I had symptoms of anemia all the time. When I started with iron tabs on my own, I needed more the one year to increase my ferritin levels up to 55. Now I feel much much better, so many old symptoms are better or even disappeared. I friend told me that when she finally reached a ferritin level of 80, she started to feel like being new born, so I should keep trying to increase the levels. Can you confirm this? I'm already happy to feel better now, but of course I wouldn't mind to feel even better :-)
How were you able to increase it that much? Mine is always a single digit and i can't get it up more than 20 or 30 even with supplementation. How many mg were /are you taking?
I'v found the probably best iron supplement with very good bio availability- Gentle iron (iron bisglycinate), 20 mg per capsule, I took 1-2 daily. I didn't get constipation or stomach problems like with other iron pills, so I can really recommend it to you.
@Diana--no, my lab isn't usng the new ranges. (normal 37-145 for iron).
O.k., I'v heard it in one US-forum. May it's the same thing like with the TSH-norm- there are still doctors which are using the old ones, ( up to 4.5) but the range should it be till 2.5. Some docs recommend thyropid replacement already when TSH is slightly above 2.00.
@diana-do you have thyroid issues, too? My thyroid levels have escalated from 2 to 3.4 from 2007 to present. I'm having trouble finding an MD who will "pay attention" to me b/c it's "within range". Has anyone tried taking the OTC natural thyorid supps? Would it be better than not getting any treatment at all?