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low iron

(109 Posts)
ballofworry Sat 05-Jul-14 16:06:09

hi , iv been feeling so awful for months , so have been to the doctors bloods done discovered i have low ferritin of 9 said my red count 124 which she said wasnt to bad ...what ever that means ....
put me on iron tablets for 3 months ....

anyone els suffer with this or similar ...

springbabydays Sat 05-Jul-14 19:26:59

Yes I had this after my ds was born. Was on iron supplements for around six months. Returned to normal now (well, iron levels have - there's other stuff happening now instead!)

ballofworry Sat 05-Jul-14 20:52:26

thanks , i feel truly awful tired in morning especially get a little better as day goes on , but in need of an afternoon nap most days ...

Spinaroo Sat 05-Jul-14 20:57:36

Yes I have a few times- though not as low as 9. I can now usually tell when I am low ( heavy periods) and get it addressed. The first time it was diagnosed outside of pregnancy was a revelation. I started to feel much better on taking the tablets without having realised I felt quite so bad- I had put all the individual symptoms down to various other things.

ballofworry Sat 05-Jul-14 20:59:00

im on ferrouse farmate 210mg 3x a day for 3 months [hm]

im awaiting results for a celiac blood test or gluten intolerance , i have had IBS for years , and i think there may be a link

MrsSpencerReid Sat 05-Jul-14 21:00:47

Me me me!! My ferritin is 8!! I'm on iron tablets and am taking spatone too, have been for about 3 weeks now, can't wait to feel better! My blood count was ok too

ballofworry Sat 05-Jul-14 21:02:07

yes i knew i wasnt right either iv had it at 8 few years ago so knew i was feeling bad , but just kept thinking maybe im just hungry low sugar etc as felt faint , dizzy , we have had a stressful time to so put most of my symptoms down to that ....

krazipan Sat 05-Jul-14 21:02:38

I have a ferritin of 5 and a Hb of 111 so also feel shocking. The dr has just prescribed me ferrous fumarate.

NickNacks Sat 05-Jul-14 21:02:59

Yes me. Didn't realise how dreadful I felt until I started to feel better. I would warn you that it can take a while on the iron tablets to feel much of a difference, up to 3 months I would say.

I've actually just come off them and need to have a blood test again in 3 months to check I've not dropped again.

ballofworry Sat 05-Jul-14 21:04:31

gosh pleased to know not only one thanks all did you feel Mrsspencer ?
im utterly shattered most of the time ....tearful at times to as hate having no energy ..sad

ballofworry Sat 05-Jul-14 21:06:23

oh gosh Krazipan similar to me then , mine is 9 HB 124..

and prescribed same iron pills as you i take 210mg 3x a day , only on day 2 ....

how you feeling ?

ballofworry Sat 05-Jul-14 21:08:07

thanks nicknacks , hope you continue to feel good smile

krazipan Sat 05-Jul-14 21:09:57

I was only prescribed them yesterday ballofworry. I cannot wait to start taking them properly and (hopefully!) feeling better! I'm only in my early 30's and feel like an old woman. Have they helped you?

NickNacks Sat 05-Jul-14 21:11:06

Yes I was also on 210mg x3 a day. Take with a glass of orange juice and expect it to upset your tummy a little bit. (In either direction!)

Good luck

dottyaboutstripes Sat 05-Jul-14 21:13:27

I agree, takes about 3 months to feel better. My ferritin was 2, which explained why I was feeling so dire grin. My last test showed it had gone up to a whopping 9 and the gp decided that was ok. Hmm. Recently I've been feeling the dizziness again and really just spaced out so I think it's time for a trip to the doctor

ballofworry Sat 05-Jul-14 21:14:30

ok well your just a day behind me then lol ..
iv taken only 2 days so no change as yet at all , iv stocked up on greens and nuts and seeds supposed to be high in iron wll try anything to feel better ...feel so rough ...rested today had 2 naps ...
are you on similar dose to me ?
im 42 have had low iron always and was 8 few years ago now ...but just crept up on me again ...just hate feeling so tired and low , and iv lost some hair to thinning round the hairline ...

krazipan Sat 05-Jul-14 21:15:18

I don't understand the massive range for ferritin dotty. The gp told me 'normal' is 10 to 300!! shock

krazipan Sat 05-Jul-14 21:16:38

I am ballofworry. I've also tried to increase iron rich foods, fresh orange for vit c and reducing my tea intake which is possibly the hardest bit! grin

ballofworry Sat 05-Jul-14 21:17:01

dotty- i feel very spaced out , specially in the morning tired fogy feeling ....and when im out in air walking dogs i feel bit whizzy , oh and really cant turn round quickly feels very odd ....

ballofworry Sat 05-Jul-14 21:19:27

yes krazipan i was told 13 was low anything above that was ok ...and yes up to 300 ....

i have spatone wonder if i can take that to ..maybe should check with doctor first ....

dottyaboutstripes Sat 05-Jul-14 21:19:43

If I stand up too quickly I fall over! It's not good!

ballofworry Sat 05-Jul-14 21:21:59

yep dotty similar here to ...

ballofworry Sat 05-Jul-14 21:23:13

doctor think mines because of periods someone of my age etc ....anyone the same ?

MegTheCat Sat 05-Jul-14 21:23:54

Me too! My ferritin was 3 back in March. I have been on the ferrous fumarate for nearly 4 months. I still get tired very easily & have good days and bad days. I'm having an endoscopy in a couple of weeks to check out what may be causing it. I also have IBS type symptoms and GORD, otherwise they would probably have just put it down to periods.

dottyaboutstripes Sat 05-Jul-14 21:24:29

I had a load of tests last year and they couldn't find any reason so the doctor said it must be periods - but they really are not heavy at all so who knows?

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