My iron stores are at the 'depleted' level (ferritin 14ug/L normal 11-307). My hemoglobin is normal. Just wondering if this could be related to the MS or something else? Maybe that's a crazy question but I'm new at this.
I have low ferritin levels also and have done bunches of research because I also suffer off and on with low iron (totally different issues as you have found out).
I have even needed a blood transfusion which of course put me in the hospital and lots of tests to find the cause but that was autoimmune hemolytic (sp?) anemia.
Anyway - I have not found a direct link for low ferritin to MS, only to the kidney functions which some MS'ers do end up with Hepatic issues. I have asked some pretty impressive doctors the question. They just tell me that it isn't common in MS but I don't tend to be a "normal" patient. Treat the problem, don't bother looking for answers I guess.
We must have had our blood done at different labs because low normal starts at 50 on mine with my result being 17.
P.S. I have been on prescription Ferritin for 3 months now. It is VERY hard to build those stores back up so otc iron usually won't cut it. If your doctor didn't rx you some maybe give a call and mention that you have a friend taking Niferex 150 Forte Plus once per day.
I'm surprised it says normal is 11+!! My labs all said at least 50 or higher was normal. My drs all said ideal was 75 or better.
When I got dx with celiac disease my ferritin was 1. (Yes, 1!) They were borderline on whether to tranfuse me, but I'd been anemic for so long (and iron supplements weren't helping enough) I was pretty used to the sx. In the end they told me to take 3 iron pills a day!
Within a few months of starting a gluten free diet, my intestine was healed enough to start absorbing iron better and I could cut back some of the supplements and wasn't anemic anymore. At this point my ferritin was 15, so they were happy about that.
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