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Hello All! The doctor discovered that my iron and ferritin levels were low last fall though I have felt terrible for years. I have chest pain, tingling left arm and hand, brain fog, headaches every day and my heart rate goes to 195 even when I'm just power-walking! I've even been referred to the cardiologist who says my heart is fine. Last year, the doctor said that I was on the "verge" of a transfusion but he put me on iron instead, and for maybe every month I was going in to have blood drawn. It finally reached a normal level and I was able to go off of the iron. Well, on summer break I started to feel poorly again and what do you know? Ferritin level: 11. Hemo level 14. So, I went from one pill a day to 2...this was 6 weeks ago. Now, my hemo is 12.1 and ferritin is a wapping 28.6! I don't understand how/why the hemoglobin dropped. I have since visited with a hematologist who believes that iron infusions will help with these symptoms that I am still having though my chest doesn't hurt as severely. Is 28.6 still too low, especially since I am still symptomatic and still have a cycle?
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