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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Low Ferritin Levels

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Chronic fatigue, tiredness, general "out of it" feeling, back/flank pain, GERD, IBS, migraine headaches, palpitations, waking from sleep with racing heart, low vitamin d levels, ferritin level of 14, TSH fluctuations; what could this be?

Chronic fatigue, tiredness, general "out of it" feeling, back/flank pain, GERD, IBS, migraine headaches, palpitations, waking from sleep with racing heart, low vitamin d levels, ferritin level of 14, TSH fluctuations; what could this be?

See internist: This problem is so complex that I would urge you to see an internal medicine doctor ASAP. Gluten-intolerance is one condition you will need to rule out but there are also issues which cannot be explained by gluten intolerance alone. I presume you have significant anemia as well. Please keep us update on the findings since getting feedback helps us to do a better job in the future. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Roberts
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Ferritin (Definition)

Ferritin is protein complex that binds iron and controls iron levels inside all of our cells. Low levels in the serum is a useful marker of iron deficiency. Macrophages are cells that contain large amounts of ferritin, and this that helps them scavenge RBC at sites of old hemorrhage. High serum ferritin levels occurs from macrophage activation and is a ...Read more


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Causes for low ferritin levels in males?

Causes for low ferritin levels in males?

Need to see your : Doctor. Low ferritin levels mean reduced iron stores, usually due to blood loss. In a male this requires investigation for source of blood loss. ...Read more

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Can diet be a cause for low ferritin level in a woman aged 35? Value is 9

Can diet be a cause for low ferritin level in a woman aged 35? Value is 9

Iron deficiency: Low ferritin means the person mentioned is likely iron deficient. Iron deficiency occurs due to blood loss. The most common cause of low ferritin in premenopausal women is menstrual bleeding. Diet is only a factor to the extent that one isn't consuming sufficient iron in their foods to compensate for the iron loss (from bleeding). ...Read more

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What is cause of low ferritin level of 12 and wbc low end of range 4.5,, wbc always on low end? All other blood work was normal ranges.

What is cause of low ferritin level of 12 and wbc low end of range 4.5,, wbc always on low end? All other blood work was normal ranges.

See below: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, low ferritin indicates deficiency of iron. If the patient has started menstruating, that may be the cause. She should take oral iron supplement and multivitamin. WBC count of 4.5 is in normal range. ...Read more

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Can low ferritin levels cause weak erections?

Ferritin: The cause of the low ferritin levels is more likely to effect your erections than the levels them selves. ...Read more

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What causes low iron levels? How low are mine exactly? Iron- 22 l(range: 50-170) dibc- 424 (265-497) % saturation- 5 l(15-50) ferritin 6.6 l(6.0-137)

Mild to moderate iron deficiency: This kind of iron deficiency is very common in young women and can be related to heavy periods a diet rich in iron such as red meats and leaky this important plus iron supplement this could correct it if there is no acute or chronic bleeding that is undetected if you suspect a bleeding problem then please see your physician. ...Read more

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My ferritin level is 6 but my hct/hgb are normal. Can this ferritin level cause symptoms? What causes low ferritin?

U R iron deficient: Probably. You'll start feeling tired before you become anemic as the iron that your cells need for metabolism are deficient. You need to find out why you are iron deficient. If it's pregnancies, your monthly loss, or an ill-advised vegetarian lifestyle, correct it. If not, ask your physician how to identify possible blood loss. ...Read more

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Is a ferritin level of 9 dangerously low? I am 2 years postpartum and losing hair more rapidly than ever before. Could the low ferritin be the cause?

Is a ferritin level of 9 dangerously low? I am 2 years postpartum and losing hair more rapidly than ever before. Could the low ferritin be the cause?

Low iron: Your level of ferritin indicates that you have low iron storage. I recommend start taking iron supplement. Low iron level would cause hair loss or thinning of hair. ...Read more