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    Old 02-19-2008, 08:31 PM   #1
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    Arrow no stored iron is okay?

    is ferritin your stored iron? i'm a little confused! i recently visited the doctor because i was feeling really run down, short of breath, dizzy, etc. and they did routine bloodwork. the doctor told me that i have absolutely no iron stores, but that was fine as long as i had iron in my blood and that i did not have to take any iron. from what i have read on here, low (or no) ferritin is a problem. so who's right? i have been feeling progressively worse, but my hemoglobin is always normal. can having no stored iron make you feel sick, even though my doctor says it is fine?

     
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    Old 02-19-2008, 09:09 PM   #2
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    Re: no stored iron is okay?

    nikki888--Yes, ferritin is the stored iron in the bone marrow and organs of the body. I was told by my GI doc that after the ferritin is empty then your body starts to pull iron from the organs and that is not good. My Hematologist said, that anything under 10 is no iron stores and is not okay. Your body is going to pull from whatever source and location of iron there is in the body if bone marrow is depleted no matter what and your going to feel bad.

    Now, I feel that I have symptoms with a low ferritin and felt ill. As my ferritin and Hgb goes up the symptoms go away and my energy is remarkable. The storage is there for a reason. I think that there is also a reason that your ferritin is empty and that should be addressed. The doctors have a very different opinion from each other and even their patients. Good luck to you. FLFLOWERGIRL

     
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    Re: no stored iron is okay?

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    Now, I feel that I have symptoms with a low ferritin and felt ill. As my ferritin and Hgb goes up the symptoms go away and my energy is remarkable. The storage is there for a reason. I think that there is also a reason that your ferritin is empty and that should be addressed. The doctors have a very different opinion from each other and even their patients. Good luck to you. FLFLOWERGIRL
    it is so frustrating when doctors have such vastly differing opinions! i tried taking iron for a few months and i didn't feel any better, and it did not raise my ferritin levels at all. how can i go about finding out why my ferritin is always empty? i've read that a lot of women become anemic from heavy periods, but i don't have that problem.

     
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    Re: no stored iron is okay?

    What does your Hgb usually run? If it is low end range you may continuously be pulling from your ferritin. How long were you taking iron supplements and how much daily to raise your ferritin? Have you had your B-12 and folate checked? If none of these things stand out as a possibility I would consult a specialist if your PCP isn't going any further. FLFLOWERGIRL

     
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    Re: no stored iron is okay?

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    What does your Hgb usually run? If it is low end range you may continuously be pulling from your ferritin. How long were you taking iron supplements and how much daily to raise your ferritin? Have you had your B-12 and folate checked? If none of these things stand out as a possibility I would consult a specialist if your PCP isn't going any further. FLFLOWERGIRL
    i have no idea what my Hgb usually runs; my doctor only said it was "normal" (i have never been given any numbers). i was taking 2 160mg tablets every day for about six months, and my blood iron was raised to "normal" but my ferritin stayed the same. i had to stop taking the iron because i was getting black spots on my teeth. i had B12 and folate checked and both were "normal" again. taking the iron never seemed to make a difference in my exhaustion and light-headedness.

    what kind of specialist would i have to go to? not that it matters, my doctor won't give me any referrals because she thinks that my problems are caused by depression!

     
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    Re: no stored iron is okay?

    The first thing that I would do is get a hard copy of your lab results for your own reference. You can post your labs if you like and people here can take a look for you. I would want to know if the Hgb was on the low end range because it makes a GREAT difference in absorbing into the ferritn and your over all health. Optimal Hgb for females would be 14 Hgb and 12 is lowest end range or 11.5. You also have to be at a normal Hgb for a period of time to roll over into the ferritin. At least that was my experience. I'm not sure how much elemental iron there is in your supplement. There are also many different types of iron to try that don't cause black spots. Taking iron for me didn't make a difference in my symptoms until my Hgb was up to a good number and my ferritin was raised. Ferritin could very well be your problem and cause depression or anxiety. For me it was anxiety. My doctor also told me I was depressed, but it was absolutely NOT true. If you already suffer from depression/or not, a low ferritin could possibly make things worse for you. I would start with a GI doc to rule out any blood loss and absorption or disease. FLFLOWERGIRL

     
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