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Low Ferritin Level

Ferritin is the protein that helps in the storage of iron in the body. Low ferritin level in the body usually indicates iron deficiency or anemia. The treatment is done by consuming iron-rich food and taking iron supplements.

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I have been diagnosed with low vitamin B12 and iron levels.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 22-year-old female. I have been complaining of several GIT problems for the last two years, such as bloating, burping, epigastric discomfort, nausea, abdominal discomfort, and constipation most of the time, and I am always tired. In addition, I cannot memorize or remember things...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Most probably, it is a case of acidity and gastritis. 1. You should avoid a fatty, oily, and spicy diet. 2. Have a walk after having food instead of taking a rest. 3. Have multiple small meals instead of heavy me...  Read Full »

I am experiencing low energy levels. Why?

Query: Hello,I am a 27-year-old male. My recent blood test revealed a ferritin level of 25 and a hemoglobin level of 151. While my personal nurse has suggested iron supplements due to occasional fatigue, I am hesitant to start them without a doctor's input. I have noticed fluctuations in my energy levels b...  Read Full »

Dr. Chibitam Hope Obia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. I am deeply sorry to hear about your medical condition. Based on your symptoms and laboratory results, it appears that your ferritin level is slightly low, but your hemoglobin level is significantly low, suggesting you may have iron de...  Read Full »

I have low ferritin levels despite medications. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 21 year old female. Yesterday, doctors have checked my blood. I am visiting a hospital frequently as I have iron deficiency anemia. The thing I am scared about is, my doctor asked me why my ferritin has not increased (just the opposite, it has decreased from 5.79 to 5.77) after ...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to In viral infection, lymphocytosis means increased lymphocytes and neutrophil is relatively low because of increased lymphocytes. Platelet can be high in iron deficiency anemia. It is not a matter of worry just now. You can provide your reports to guide you further....  Read Full »

I feel fatigue and pale with low ferritin levels. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I want to ask you something about my blood test results. I did my blood testing four times this month. First time I did my beta HCG because my period was late. Then three days later, I had blood drawn for T3 and T4 testing because I have hypothyroidism. Then 15 days later, I had a test ...  Read Full »

Dr. J. N. Naidu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to First, let me assure you that even if you donate about a liter (1000 milliliters) of blood every year, you will not become sick if you are otherwise healthy. Even if you get blood tests done 100 times, they will collect only 100 ml of blood from you, do not be paranoid ...  Read Full »

My son's ferritin level is low. Can he take iron supplements?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a 16 year old son, he runs at the varsity level, for his high school, cross country, and track team. He is a distance runner. He recently had some blood tests done. His hemoglobin was 14.8 g/dL, hematocrit was 44.5 %, and ferritin was 23 ng/mL. I have been told by the team do...  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I will second your pediatrician and reassure you that, iron is for hemoglobin synthesis, and as the amount of hemoglobin is fine and he is actively taking part in long-distance sports I will not supplement iron. If you are being pressurized then the best alterna...  Read Full »

I have anemia and low ferritin levels. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My age is 27 years and I am a female. I have anemia with a very low ferritin level 2.1 and HB is 6.5. Can it be cleared by taking diet and iron supplements? Which is a good time to take Zincofer syrup, how much ml? Please advice.  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your symptoms are suggestive of iron deficiency anemia. I want to check your full CBC report. The investigations that are suggested in your case is peripheral smear examination, transferrin saturation, and serum TIBC (total iron binding capacity) also. You need to be...  Read Full »

What are the possible causes of my terrible headache?

Query: Hi doctor, I am an 18 year old girl. My height is 5'7" (171 cm), and weight is 135 pounds. Around five months back, I started becoming extremely fatigued and had occasional headaches. As headache was not often and not bad enough, I never really thought much about it. The fatigue was the worst part. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Most probably it is a tension headache, even if you do not have any apparent stress or anxiety. The type of headache you're experiencing is quite common. It's essential to first check your hemoglobin levels; if they're low, correcting them can be crucial in addressing th...  Read Full »

My daughter's hemoglobin and ferritin levels are low. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, My 3 years old daughter is diabetic since 1.5 years of age and she is also anemic. Sugar is not much a concern. Recently, we got her blood test done and her hemoglobin is 10 and serum ferritin is 1.71. I have given her Iron supplement for over eight months now. Since then, this is her thi...  Read Full »

Dr. Nagasirisha Naredla

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 1. Anemia can have many causes. Iron deficiency is one of them and very common. 2. There can be other causes, which require some other investigations like peripheral smear and vitamin B12 levels. But, low ferritin points towards low iron as the cause. 3. If she ever re...  Read Full »

I have a low ferritin level. Can taking Zincofer cause harm?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 21-year-old female. My Hb level is 13, whereas my ferritin level is 14. What shall I do to improve my ferritin? Also, I feel fatigue, mood swings and hair fall. Please suggest me some supplements? I have been suggested with Zincofer. Will that tablet cause any side effect? Will my ...  Read Full »

Dr. Prakash. H. M.

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Based on your query, my opinion is as follows: It is still early stage of iron deficiency anemia. Hemoglobin is normal, however, ferritin is low. Yes, Zincofer can be taken. However, any Ferrous Fumarate supplements or iron supplements can be taken. For better absorpt...  Read Full »

Will I need to have colonoscopy if my iron level is at 9.5 %?

Query: Hi doctor,I had a blood test, which showed that I have an iron level of 9.5 percent. My TIBC is 65, and my ferritin level is 130. Does this on its own suggest anemia? Also, would this warrant further testing like a colonoscopy?Please answer.Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Zubin Dev Sharma

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for the query. Iron Deficiency in a young male is not shared and should be tested further. To begin with, you should get deworming done mainly if you have traveled to developing countries or eat out regularly. Secondly, you should contact your stool tested for o...  Read Full »

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