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    Old 06-23-2017, 12:48 PM   #1
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    Question Very low iron levels

    I recently had lab work done by my PCP for a physical. She is now out of the office for 2 weeks, but my labs posted to my electronic chart today with some concerning results. My Ferritin is at 7 ng/ml, my iron is 17 ug/dl, IBC 368 ug/dl, and sat % is 4. Hemoglobin is at 11.5, with MCV, MCH, MCHC and RDW-CV also all being low. My Calcium is at 8.7 mg/dl and Vitamin D 26.9 mg/dl. From what I have researched, this is alarmingly low, correct? I am a runner and athlete and maintain a rigorous running schedule, as well as a Mother to 3 young Children. I want this resolved QUICKLY so the nasty side effects go away. The fatigue and dizzy spells and eye floaters are awful. Not to mention I'm eating through 20 pounds of ice every 2 days. I have always had low hemoglobin and CBC's came back showing "low iron". No doctor has ever done the additional tests such as TIBC and sat % or Vitamin D. In a sense I'm relieved someone looked further into it. In another sense I'm nervous because the results are so low. I have tried taking oral supplements without considerable improvement. I've taken liquid iron with orange juice for months with no increase in hemoglobin. Would requesting iron infusion be a realistic request?

     
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