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Ferritin Level 14
Fatigue, tiredness, palpitations, and insomnia for 4 MOS. Sometimes I have muscle twitches at night. Cardiac workup, abdominal ultrasound, head MRI all normal. K level is 3.2, Vit. D level 18, ferritin level 14. Could these levels cause symptoms?
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
Can a ferritin level of 14 cause symptoms? If so, what are the symptoms that a ferritin level of 14 can cause?
Iron deficiency: Ferritin levels per se will not cause symptoms. Low ferritin levels are an indication of iron deficiency and you may be anemic, if so, weakness, paleness, lack of exercise tolerance may be some symptoms. A woman of reproductive age loses iron in menstrual blood and it would be okay to take oral iron supplement with multivitamins. ...Read more
Ferritin level at 14. what would you tell a patent about it? Is there any other additional tests you would want to do after a Ferritin test?
Low ferritin: Ferritin is the storage form of iron. If you are low in iron, it typically means you are anemic. Either you are not taking in enough iron or you are losing too much As a female, I would ask how heavy are your periods, any change in diet or special diet, any heartburn or change in bowel habits or color of your stool. A cbc is warranted and based off your answers to above, other tests. ...Read more
Hey my ferritin level is 14.8 ng/ml. .. do I need to take iron supplements? I look pale and my MCV level is 84.4?
Very low ferritin: This is an abnormally low level. Ferritin reflects our body's iron stores. You need an immediate evaluation of why you're low iron stores are low. Are you bleeding into your gut? Do you have copious vaginal bleeding? You need an urgent medical evaluation to determine the cause. You can't treat chronic bleeding with iron pills. And yes, iron deficiency causes hair loss. ...Read more
Ferritin is not related to hair loss or bruising. However, your ferritin and by inference iron stores are low and you should take oral iron supplement with multivitamins. Women lose iron in menstrual blood and are not uncommonly iron deficient.
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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?
Multiple issues that: You seem to be addressing w/doctors. Stay in touch w/them. Also, consider a Micronutrient panel to see the nutritional status of your body. Spectracell lab in Texas has an excellent one. Check out their website. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Iron deficiency: This usually means you're short on iron stores. Are you a non-supplementing vegetarian? Please get with a scientific practitioner who can guide you. Are you a woman with heavy monthly loss or who's had numerous pregnancies? Are you perhaps losing blood into your gut from an ulcer or cancer? There are many possibilities. Your physician is your guide. ...Read more
Not many causes: Extremely high levels of ferritin are seen chronically only in patients with one of the genetic forms of hemochromatosis and in those who have received multiple red blood cell transfusions. Acute onset of extremely high levels of ferritin may be seen in juvenile idiopathic arthritis, lupus, opportunistic infection in a patient with hiv, and hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (hlh). ...Read more
Iron overloaded: Forgive me for sounding irreverent -- iron overload is often missed clinically, especially when it is fairly mild (as suggested by a ferritin of 600). There are some other possibilities but this is likely to be mild hemochromatosis, and you may feel quite a bit better if you get treated. Your physician knows how to do the workup. ...Read more
It depends: I understand you are a 50 year old woman. If you are iron-deficient, the key is to discover why. If this happened because you are a vegetarian or heavy blood donor, please get advice on your options. If you have chronic blood loss from some source, this needs to be identified because it often warns of serious illness. We pathologists say, "Treat the person, not the lab value." Best wishes. ...Read more
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
Low ferritin: A ferritin level of 9ng / mL is low for an adult and may indicate iron deficiency. Low dietary intake over time (month) can be a cause. Try to eat foods with iron and consult a doctor to see if you are in fact if on deficient and if iron supplementation makes sense for you to keep your blood count healthy and avoid anemia. ...Read more
Ferritin level 167 and 241 for the last two years respectively. In my early 30's female. Normal if not who due I need to see?
I'm fasting this month, can I still increaser ferritin levels by taking my tabs at night between 22pm and 3am basically? Or avoid decrease?
Yes: You can take iron when ever you take your meals at night. It is better to take iron with food to avoid stomach irritation. ...Read more
My ferritin levels are around 840 what problems can cause it to be so high or what problems can I get because I have been sick for the past two weeks?
Iron overload or...: High ferritin levels in your thirties could be an indication of an primary (hemachromatosis) or secondary (hemosiderosis) overload state, or chronic inflammation. Ferritin levels in the iron overload states are typically quite high and are typically > 800; whereas chronic inflammation will produce levels typically <800. ...Read more
It depends: What you really want to know is, 'what form of iron is right for me to take to correct my iron deficiency? ' I am going to assume that if you are indeed iron deficient, a cause has been found. If it's vegetarianism, give it up. If it's bleeding from an ulcer, get this treated. You state you are age 50 and if this is heavy monthly loss, perhaps this itself is a concern. Your physician knows best. ...Read more
It means: Your iron stores are lowGet a more detailed answer ›
Not necessarily: These are two different substrates required for blood production. You can have a deficiency of one without the other being abnormal. Occasionally under certain circumstances both can be abnormal and require replacement. It is best to have your primary care assess, then if this is not sufficient, see an Hematologist. ...Read more
Iron deficient: Natural? Yes. Healthy? No. This is iron deficiency. See your doctor. ...Read more