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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...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

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Are low ferritin levels linked to constant muscle aches and weight gain at all? I'm a 28 yo female with ferritin levels of 15. I am constantly feeling fatigued, sore, have brain fog and short term memory loss as well as thinning hair.

Sorting out: Low ferritin levels can be associated with Restless Leg Syndrome, but can also be seen with iron deficiencies, and anemias. Some of your symptoms might fit one or more of these problems. Have a conference with your doctor and get full explanation of how this relates to your problems. ...Read more

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Please explain what does it mean when you have low ferritin levels?

Low ferritin: Ferritin is the storage protein for iron. Low ferritin level usually means you have low iron or iron deficiency. Serum ferritin. ...Read more

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Serum ferritin level is 45. Is it low?

No: See this site for more info on this topic. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003490.htm ...Read more

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IgA TTG POSITIVE low level of ferritin?

Gluten sensitivity: Typical findings for gluten intolerance with reduced iron absorption and thus the low ferritin. Need to avoid gluten and take some iron supplement (or even shots) ...Read more

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Can ferritin be normal while iron levels may be low?

Can ferritin be normal while iron levels may be low?

Yes: Yes, because they are testing for different things.Ferritin tests for your total body iron stores and iron level tests for only the amount of iron present in the blood. ...Read more

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If low ferritin corrected does this increase B12 level?

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

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Very low iron and borderline ferritin level.I have skin bronzing since 2 years. What can it be?

Very low iron and borderline ferritin level.I have skin bronzing since 2 years. What can it be?

Find cause: Your physician will pursue a workup to explain your apparent (not proved) iron deficiency -- it may be as simple as heavy periods or a few pregnancies, or as potentially deadly as a gut cancer or ulcer. I hope you are not on an unhealthy diet -- an unsupplemented vegetable-based and an empty-calories diet are equally likely to make you sick with iron deficiency. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is a ferritin reading of 284 very high for a 58 year old woman who used to have low iron levels?

Is  a ferritin reading of 284  very high for a 58 year old woman who used to have low iron levels?

Yes it is high: It is high as normal ferritin level in women is 12to150ng/ml.Discuss the result along with hemoglobin, and iron level etc with your doctor. ...Read more

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