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Doctor insights on: Low Ferritin Level Causes

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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?

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.

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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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Can low ferritin levels cause weak erections?

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.

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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.

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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).

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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)

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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Iron panel was normal other than my ferritin. It was only 20, which is low. My iron level was normal with CMP & CBC. WHAT causes just a low ferritin?

Iron panel was normal other than my ferritin. It was only 20, which is low. My iron level was normal with CMP & CBC. WHAT causes just a low ferritin?

Can be okay: 24 nano grams is often given as the bottom of the reference range, so 20 is not a serious sign of illness. The ranges are set so that some healthy folks fall outside. Vegetarians and blood donors often run low. Keep an eye on it

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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?

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.

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My Ferritin levels are high at 283, vitamin D low at 17. No hemochromatosis. Undiagnosed autoimmune. Possible causes? Are these related medically?

My Ferritin levels are high at 283, vitamin D low at 17. No hemochromatosis. Undiagnosed autoimmune. Possible causes? Are these related medically?

Not related: Deficiency of vitamin D is very common. You can easily address that by taking vitamin D3 supplement at a dose of about 5000 units/day for three months. After that you may take abut 2000 units/day.

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45 yrs female. Ferritin level 5 (unknown cause). 600mg ferrous sulphate day. Resting heart rate 56-59. Not athletic (though not overweight). Too low?

45 yrs female. Ferritin level 5 (unknown cause). 600mg ferrous sulphate day. Resting heart rate 56-59. Not athletic (though not overweight). Too low?

Low iron: Low ferritin is an indicator that iron stores are low. It will increase back to normal as your body processes the iron that you are taking. Having a slightly low heart rate is fine as long as you are not dizzy or light headed. It is much better to have a slightly low heart rate than a high one.

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Is a Ferritin level of 14 low enough to cause symptoms of hair loss & bruising?

Is a Ferritin level of 14 low enough to cause symptoms of hair loss & bruising?

No: 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. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex.

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Can low ferritin cause shortness of breath, hair shedding, and fatigue? My level was 8. And my cbc showed slightly low for whatever shows iron.

Can low ferritin cause shortness of breath, hair shedding, and fatigue? My level was 8. And my cbc showed slightly low for whatever shows iron.

YES: I would also suggest a full metabolic profile to rule out iron deficiency, folic acid deficiency, and thyroid function, just for starters. Stress, tension, anxiety, mood disorders are other possibilities.

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I have a ferritin level of 8, a low WBC count and low neutrophil and lymphocyte. Normal periods and eat well rounded diet - what are potential causes?

Possible causes: Get an eval as many blood disorders such as the anemia's can cause these issues. Problems with intestinal absorption such as Celiac disease may cause abnormal counts such as yours too. Depending on how low the blood count numbers are, you may need a more urgent appt. Best to see a Hematologist, as the ferritin is low and you certainly may need iron replacement. Good luck.

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What is the optimal serum ferritin level for hair health? Can heavy periods and/or a vegetarian diet w/inadequate iron intake cause low ferritin level

See below: Ferritin levels are not associated with hair health. Heavy periods and vegetarian diet could lead to iron deficiency, and low serum ferritin. It can be easily addressed by taking oral iron and multivitamins. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex.

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Low ferritin what causes it?

Iron deficiency: Ferritin is the 'storage' form or 'warehouse' of iron. If you have been told your ferritin is low, it is probably because either A) you are not eating enough iron in your diet, or B) you have some blood losses (heavy periods). Another choice might be C) disease processes with malnutrition, inadequate absorption, or utilization. You should follow through with your doctor to get this problem fixed.

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Is a ferritin level of 14 low?

Yes that is: A low level. Generally a low ferritin is due to poor iron stores, and the most likely cause is blood loss -- usually chronic in nature.