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Normal Tibc, Low Iron and Ferritin
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Normal Tibc, Low Iron and Ferritin

Can someone please help me understand what this means, what type of anemia I have.

IRON AND TOTAL IRON IG
BINDING CAPACITY
IRON, TOTAL 21 L 40-175 mcg/dL
IRON BINDING CAPACITY 423 250-450 mcg/dL
% SATURATION 5 L 15-50 % (calc)
FERRITIN 5 L 10-232 ng/mL IG
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With those test results you have iron deficiency anemia.  Following is some info about it.


FERRITIN test: Measures your levels of storage iron, which can be chronically low in hypothyroid patients. If your Ferritin result is less than 50, your levels are too low and can be causing problems…as well as leading you into anemia as you fall lower, which will give you symptoms similar to hypo, such as depression, achiness, fatigue. If you are in the 50′s, you are scooting by. Optimally, females shoot for 70-90 at the minimum; men tend to be above 100.

You should be off all iron for at least 12 houes before testing to see what your body is hanging onto.


For supplementation, there are a number of options.


"But most patients and their doctors have found it necessary to supplement with iron tablets, which includes Ferrous Sulfate, Ferrous Glutamate, Ferrous Fumerate, etc. Supplementation needs to be spread out during the day, with food, for better absorption. Bluebonnet’s Ferrous Bisglycinate is a favorite among patients, but there are other good brands."


There is also one called Slow Fe that is reported to be good.




What has your doctor told you about the test results and action plan?
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