Re: Am I deficient if ferritin is low but iron is normal?
Which is why I said take iron under a Dr's care. Lots of times Dr's will wait until people are pretty poor off before they will even start. Sorry this person's ferritin is a 3. It takes months to restore ferritin, they should be taking iron and I can say that and am not a Dr. A lot of people come here looking for insight with their numbers and say "Hey do I need iron, my Dr. says I'm fine" with numbers like this and need to be flat out told, yes you do need iron! There is a lot more to anemia then just hemoglobin. Ferritin is a big one and offers some pretty fun side effects when you are low.
Sure iron deficiency is a nutritional problem, but it just doesn't HAPPEN. Iron deficiency is a SYMPTOM of a larger problem, that needs to be fixed in order for iron therapy to be any good. Be it heavy periods, celiac's disease, uclers, etc. IDA is a symptom. You can't just take iron and think your going to be ok, the problem causing it needs to be found and fixed. Unless of course it's a vegitarian then I would suspect it's because they aren't getting enough iron in their diet.
It happens in the order I told and ferritin stores are usually the first thing to go, then your iron serum. Ferritin isn't something that just SHOOTS back up either.
You can sit around and gobble up all the iron you want and have a heavy period and lose it all again, easy. Point, the reason needs fixed, it's not just diet alone.
Last edited by Heatherx5; 12-09-2012 at 08:42 PM.