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low iron

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hazeyjane Wed 18-Jan-17 19:50:13

Saw Dr last week about having stupidly itchy skin for months. She referred for blood test to check liver function. Left a message on my phone today saying test fine apart from low iron (she said level is 7 and should be in 20s) - and to pick up a prescription for iron tablets and see if they agree with me.

I don't have heavy periods so am not sure what else could cause iron to be low (is 7 low low?) I had iron tablets when I had ds and know they gave me headaches and constipation - any tips to try and avoid these side effects?

Nooneyouwilleverknow Wed 18-Jan-17 19:53:49

I have no idea but would love to see responses as im having same problem!

Idefix Wed 18-Jan-17 20:13:21

Wow op that is low. Did they say what your ferritin levels were? Ferritin is your stored iron level.

If your periods are okay and you haven't recently been pregnant I would push to find the cause of the blood loss, usually bowel related.

from personal experience the tablets have fairly awful side effects, nausea and diarrhoea alternating with constipation. I did not find liquid iron eased these symptoms.

For me dealing with the cause of bleeding and eating a diet rich in iron and vitamin c sorted my levels.

Typical meals were black pudding and baked beans, lentil Dahl, chicken liver pate. With vitamin c fruit/vege and tablets.

Hope you feel better soon op.

Hassled Wed 18-Jan-17 20:17:05

My only knowledge of this sort of thing is based on a DC with unexplained low iron levels and it turned out he was Coeliac - low iron because he wasn't absorbing iron from food (Coeliac disease flattens the villii of the small intestine, hence malabsorption). So yes, look at bowel/gut issues as a possibility. There are probably hundreds of other possibilities, though.

hazeyjane Wed 18-Jan-17 22:32:53


I think I'd better ring the gp tomorrow, I have been feeling knackered but put this down to having 3 kids, working, studying for a college course and being up half the night with a disabled son (god I'm so knackered).

I get a bit of health anxiety so would like to get to the bottom of why I am suddenly so low, otherwise it will just gnaw at me.

I have ordered a load of iron rich foods in the shopping order, I'm going to stick spinach in everything!

Noonewilleverknow - hope you get some answers too! smile

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