For several years now, I've been in a cycle of symptoms of anaemia, which blood tests have proved to be the case. Treatment has been doses of iron, which up my haemoglobin and ferritin levels - and investigations to rule out bowel and gastro cancers. All clear.
In March 2017 my blood test showed a drop in ferritin levels to 17 (from 40 on the 3x210 mg iron) but because of a decrease in the lower end of the range I was not yet anaemic!! The new figures are 15 – 300 instead of 30 – 400. My results classified at lower end of normal. Advised to book a blood test in 3 months. Spend the next 2 months eating more red meat than I have ever eaten. As I felt that I was starting to experience mild anaemia type symptoms, I requested a blood test one month early in May.
Results of this blood test showed I was anaemic as my ferritin level was 10 and haemoglobin was 25.4 (range 27 – 32). Advised by doctor to resume taking ferrous fumarate at rate of 210mg twice a day for 5 – 6 weeks. Then to go onto lower dose SpaTone for 3 months and then book a blood test.
The results of this blood test show that my ferritin is 'normal' at 18 (range 15 - 300) and so is my mean corpuscular haemoglobin at 27.6 (range 27 - 32). I do feel ok but not as energy filled as I was when my ferritin was at 40.
Is it ok for one to have continuously low levels of ferritin? I know the doctor would say my levels are normal but I'm not convinced. I'm scared of being in a cycle where I continuously become anaemic and then it goes up and bit and then down which I can't help think is healthy.
Any suggestions would be gratefully received.