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    Old 08-14-2011, 11:00 AM   #1
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    Will ferritin increase along with hgb

    Hi

    In late April 2011, my blood test result were:
    Hgb 10.5 (11.5 - 16.5)
    RBC 4.6 (3.8 – 5.5)
    PCV 35 (35 – 47)
    MCV 75 (78 – 99)
    MCH 23 (27 – 32)
    MCHC 28.2 (30.0 – 36.0)
    RDW 17% (11 – 15)
    WBC 3.8 (4.0 – 11.0)
    Serum Iron 4.2 (9.0 - 26.0)
    Transferrin 3.52 (1.80 - 2.70)
    TIBC 78.8 (45.0 - 70.0)
    %Saturation 5% (13 - 51)
    Ferritin 4 (10 - 120)

    My Dr said that I've IDA & my ferritin is quite low. He put me on oral iron once daily. 3 months later my Dr checked my hgb & it went up to 12.6, & want me to continue taking the iron pill for few more months (about 6 months) to increase my ferritin. Then my Dr will check my ferritin to see the progress/outcome.

    Looking at my hgb result my Dr said that I'm responding well to the oral iron treatment. My question is, roughly how much will my ferritin increase each month based on my recent hgb result? What is the optimum figure for a healthy ferritin level?

    Thank you so much!
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    Old 08-21-2011, 07:23 AM   #2
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    Re: Will ferritin increase along with hgb

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    My question is, roughly how much will my ferritin increase each month based on my recent hgb result? What is the optimum figure for a healthy ferritin level?
    It depends. Ferritin is sometimes stubborn. If there's no other issue interfering with it, then it might increase maybe by 10-15 points each month (just my guess based on my fight with latent IDA).

    Anything less than 50 isn't really healthy, although lab ranges consider even 12 to be ok.

    Best of health to you

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    Re: Will ferritin increase along with hgb

    Thank you so much for your reply  At least I've some idea that the ferritin may increase between 10-15 if everything goes well. My Dr told me that my ferritin was quite low and wants to increase it so that it can be use to make blood later on. He did not tell me the optimum level he is targeting but wants me to continue taking iron pills for few more months. I just hope that everything's goes well cos the pill do make me nausea at times.

    Once again thank you so much for the info 

     
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    You're welcome, Apple

    I hope your ferritin gets to the needed level really soon. It may become a long journey for some of us. When ferritin is being refilled, it may suddenly start going down again. That may be because the previously starving body "rejoices" again for the available iron store and starts using it up again. When ferritin is low, the body is said to be using iron with caution, so that the available iron goes to the vitally important organs. So when iron stores (ferritin) get replenished, the other non-vitally important organs/tissues start using it up again in the needed quantity (thus making the ferritin levels appear low again).

    As for the pills making you nauseous at times, maybe your Dr could change them?

     
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    Old 08-23-2011, 07:52 AM   #5
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    Thanks for your quick response I just hope that all goes well cos being tired all the time really hinder me from doing many things. It also affect my patience & make me irritated easily

    Well, how are you going on? I hope you're doing fine right now

    Till then, god bless you & take care too

     
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    Thanks for asking I'm doing better now, though my ferritin stubbornly stays below 50. Nevertheless, it seems things are changing now as I'm trying to fix "hidden" hypothyroid issues, and ferritin is said to increase quicker when the thyroid is healthy.

     
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    Thanks for asking I'm doing better now, though my ferritin stubbornly stays below 50. Nevertheless, it seems tvhings are changing now as I'm trying to fix "hidden" hypothyroid issues, and ferritin is said to increase quicker when the thyroid is healthy.
    Hi peace4health,

    How are you doing lately? I hope you are in great health.

    You are right, its not easy to fix the ferritin issue. My hgb went up from 10.5 to 12.6 in Aug 2011 & 12.9 in Dec 2011. I stop taking the iron in May 2012. My hgb drop to 11.5 in June 2012 & 10 in Dec 2012. I started taking the iron again in Early Jan 2013. Check my Hgb in April 2013 & it went up slightly to 10.9. Continue taking the iron & recheck in Seot 2013, hgb remain at 10.9. In April 2014 my hgb drop to 9.9. Dr change my iron pill to prenatal multivit (with B complex, folic, 500mg vit C & 105 mg elemental iron). Retest in July 2014, hgb at 10.9.

    My thyroid test also not stable. Sept 2013; TSH: 0.013 (0.270 - 4.200), FT4: 19.7 (12.0 - 22.0), FT3: 5.1 (3.1 - 6.8). Re-check in July 2014; TSH: 1.62, FT4: 12.1. Dr said thyroid fluctuate quite a lot, nčed to monitor & retest in 6 months.

    Hmm.... one problem after another..... now I understand why so many people gere finds it so hard to increase the ferritin.

     
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    Hi Apple,

    I'm married to iron pills... If I stop them, my ferritin goes down again, then my Hgb follows slowly.

    It appears you're either losing more iron than your body manages to restore/replenish (heavy menstruation, maybe) or your body fails to absorb the iron you're taking. Some common reasons are low stomach acid, celiac disease, parasites, and H.Pylori infection.

    Have you tried different forms of iron? I'm taking Iron bisglycinate chelate, have no side effects. I take 75mg elemental iron to keep my ferritin level above 50 (dosage calculated by my doctor - 1.5mg elemental iron per 1 kg body weight, though he says I can take more).

    Your thyroid fluctuations may be cause by Hashimoto's thyroiditis, when there are swings between low & high levels of hormones. Have you ever had your thyroid antibodies tested?

    Hope you may find out what's causing your health problems! The sooner the better... Hugs!

     
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