What are reasons outside of diet for low iron? (Ferritin is 3)

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What tests can I ask my doctor that would find the source of my low iron?  

How did you find the source of your low iron?

Hemoglobin 11.2

Iron 3


Transferring Saturation 0.04

Going in for 5 infusions every other day beginning in 2 weeks.

Long story short, my copper IUD was removed about a year ago and my heavy cycle is no longer heavy, yet my iron is continually dropping. My hysterectomy is cancelled as my cycles are MUCH shorter and lighter. 

 I also choose not to ingest gluten and dairy as my body functions better without it. I enjoy salads and steaks on the regular.

What tests/diagnosis did you find that helped diagnosed you? I want to know what I could be in for and also suggest something to the doc that we wouldn’t have thought about.

My symptoms are:



Foggy headed

Memory Loss

Weight loss 

Lack of appetite




Vision disturbances (1x/month)


Thank you kindly for your insights!!

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    they need to check you haven’t any ulcers so a endoscopy.

    then to check you haven’t got any tumours in your bowel a colonoscopy 

    then full bloods to check for any abnormalities in liver function 


    hope that helps 

  • Posted

    Hi, if your ferritin iron level is 3 that is seriously low, looks like you need an Iron supplement, and to find out what going on, a good supplement I took was bisglycinate iron which I took with vitamin C drink.
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      Thank you Martin31040! Yes, I've been taking FeraMax 150mg daily, however, since finding out about my iron count, the doctor has me taking the same brand twice a day every other day. I will add Vitamin C to help.

      Also, another symptom I've had is nausea without vomiting, and itchiness in random areas without rashes.

    • Posted

      Hi ShaunaAH, do you get any stomach and digestive issues with the iron?, iron supplement is known to be problematic, I was given ferrous fumarate which played havoc with stomach etc, so I switched to Bisglycinate iron and had no problems it a lot milder on your stomach.

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