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    Old 02-25-2011, 09:30 AM   #1
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    Ferritin Levels: When do you feel best?

    I'm a blood donor and developed anemia after donating 20 units in just over three years. Only then did I learned about the importance of maintaining iron stores.

    Anyway, I followed doctor's orders and took iron for about two months, quickly got my hemoglobin and hematocrit back up, and got my ferritin to 59. But I can't say I felt completely well at that time, which was in September of last year. Probably should've kept taking iron for another month or two, but I didn't.

    I ended up donating again in December, starting feeling a little worse than I already did, so I'm taking iron again.

    My question is: Do any of you feel unwell even when you aren't technically anemic? Can a lower ferritin level, even one as high as 59, make a person feel unwell? Anyone have feelings about this?

    Thanks much in advance. Hope you are all in good health.

     
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    Old 02-25-2011, 01:33 PM   #2
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    Re: Ferritin Levels: When do you feel best?

    Absolutely. I've even gone to the dr and demanded they run a CBC only to find out that my hemoglobin is fine. And yet I feel weak and sick.

    Are you ok with everything else? Like B12, folate, Vit D, etc?

    It's probably your body working hard to get everything back in order.

    You're very generous to give blood. As someone who has needed transfusions in the past, I thank you for donating.

    Sorry you're feeling bad!

     
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    Re: Ferritin Levels: When do you feel best?

    japlopper, you're quite welcome. I appreciate you saying that.

    My vitamin D was low, but I got that corrected. Don't know about B12 and folate, but considering how quickly my hemoglobin rebounded, I feel confident that my problem was (is) iron deficiency.

    My symptoms lessened but never quite went away. From what I'm hearing, it appears that low ferritin could still be the culprit. For all I know, my "normal" for ferritin could be 175 or something like that.

    My plan is to stay on a larger "recovery" dose of iron for however long it takes to get my ferritin to at least 100, then take a maintenance dose to offset the blood donations.

    Thanks for your input. It always helps to speak to others who have experienced the same thing.

     
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    Re: Ferritin Levels: When do you feel best?

    For me, I've always found that it's not a straight shot forward getting better. I have good days and bad, which can be frustrating, because a bad day feels like such a set back.

    For me, the winter blahs don't help, and I think that has to do with Vitamin D, even though I supplement, there's nothing like sitting in the warm sun to make you feel fabulous.

     
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    Re: Ferritin Levels: When do you feel best?

    Go back on the iron for a couple of months, and if you're going to be a regular blood donor, take a daily iron pill to keep your levels up - they are cheap, safe and effective

    For long term regular use, one of the lower strenght ones (27mg) would be adequate
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    Re: Ferritin Levels: When do you feel best?

    Thanks, jonnstar.

    I hold the same position regarding anecdotal evidence. What's been hard to find in the scientific literature is a conclusion as to whether low ferritin without anemia can cause fatigue and other symptoms. Most of what I've read says no, you don't have symptoms until you're anemic.

    I've read that iron doses as low as 20mg daily will prevent anemia in blood donors:

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15383014

     
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    Re: Ferritin Levels: When do you feel best?

    There is some evidence that low ferretin can make some people feel unwell, though it is far from conclucive.

    Taking a low dose of iron each day in a regular blood donor is virtualy harmless, as 1. they are regularly losing iron through blood donation, and 2. the body has quite sophisticated mechanisms to balance iron adsorbsion with need.

    The reason I suggested 27mg iron pills are that these are a common strength, I dont think 20mg is commonly abaliable, but yes, it would likely be just as adequate.

    This generaly applies only to women, men can generaly give blood regularly with no risk of low iron, i donated regularly for years and my levels were always at the top end of normal.
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    Re: Ferritin Levels: When do you feel best?

    I don't have any advice for you but I wanted to say thank you for being a donor! I've received 7 units in the past two months and I'm very greatful to everyone who has donated!

     
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    Re: Ferritin Levels: When do you feel best?

    Thanks, ladybug. Hope you are in good health.

     
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    Re: Ferritin Levels: When do you feel best?

    So, what I'd do is buy some 27mg iron pills, and take two a day for a month or six weeks, till you feel better, then keep taking one a day long term.... you can buy them at pharmacies dirt cheap, and they could make a big difference to the way you feel and live your life
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    Re: Ferritin Levels: When do you feel best?

    I appreciate all the input from everybody.

     
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