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    Old 11-07-2017, 11:11 AM   #1
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    Ferritin Iron is 2!

    My 16 yr old daughter has headaches, difficulty concentrating, dizziness, weak, tired, body aches, shortness of breath, insomnia, and even some nausea and loss of appetite (she hasn't lost weight). She started with headaches after bumping her head and was treated for a concussion. The neurologist thinks her headaches are a result of something else and has referred her back to her pediatrician. She had clean MRI and EKG and normal blood pressure. However, her blood work showed she is anemic:

    ferritin iron - 2
    serum iron - 28
    white blood count - 7.72
    heomglobin - 10.6

    This is the second time she has been diagnosed with anemia (first time was heavy periods and received the birth control pill to help - which she is still taking). She has been referred to a hematologist but that is a two-week wait. In the meantime, she is taking iron pills but is feeling worse and can't/won't go to school some days. This has been going on for 6 weeks and she is really behind in school. She is convinced something is really wrong and says "Mom, I just don't feel right."

    Are all of these signs of anemia? How long before her iron pills will help? Thanks!

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    Old 11-08-2017, 07:22 AM   #2
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    Re: Ferritin Iron is 2!

    Dear baker,

    Low iron may only mean that she needs to eat iron rich food. My iron was low recently and I looked up 'iron rich foods' and chose the ones I prefer to eat and in two weeks a blood test showed my iron level is normal.

    Iron pills can be rough on the digestion system. Iron is not meant to be digested in pill form. Rather than pills (iron is usually not easily assimilated in pill form as it needs other food components to be digestible), you could let her help choose how to change her diet, so that she learns how to eat for health.

    Another way to add iron is to cook with cast iron pans. I grew up with my mother using cast iron pans so I used them also, and doctors were amazed at my high iron level. Then I began using the new ceramic coated frying pans, and my iron became too low. I'm back with the cast iron pans now.

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