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NYMom222
on 7/20/18 8:59 pm
RNY on 07/23/14
Topic: RE: Blood work- ferritin

I could use that too... my ferritin has been 20 for over a year and last test was 14.

Cynthia 5'11" RNY 7/23/2014

Maintaining a 220lb Weight Loss
Plastic Surgery Dr. Joseph Michaels - LBL and Hernia Repair 2/29/16, Arm Lift, BL, 5/2/16, Leg Lift 7/25/16

Need to get back to Basics? The Five Day Meat Test

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NYMom222
on 7/20/18 8:56 pm
RNY on 07/23/14
Topic: RE: Blood work- ferritin

Mine was 14 last time and the lab said I think 13 and above was normal... :/

Cynthia 5'11" RNY 7/23/2014

Maintaining a 220lb Weight Loss
Plastic Surgery Dr. Joseph Michaels - LBL and Hernia Repair 2/29/16, Arm Lift, BL, 5/2/16, Leg Lift 7/25/16

Need to get back to Basics? The Five Day Meat Test

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MichelleS61
on 7/20/18 8:15 pm - Lindsay, Canada
RNY on 02/26/18
Topic: RE: Blood work- ferritin

Unfortunately can't see anyone till they've seen a testing trend, hence getting tested again next month, I have a very good relationship with my PCP and she was going to order follow up bloodwork but I already had an order. She did say that if it hadn't come up they might try oral iron? but I would wonder how that would work if I don't absorb the pill form, but I assume it might also be a different type. At least the infusions would be covered the only one of my regular medications I'm no longer taking is insulin and I always run out of coverage before I run out of year. But I knew I'd need supplements going into this.

57 - 6'0" - HW:288 SW:260 CW:203

TWH: Referral Aug. '16, Orientation - Nov. 30 '16, Surgeon Oct. 6 '17, Start Optifast Feb. 5'18 - Surgery Feb. 26'18

Opti -25; M1 -23; M2 -17; M3 -7; M4 -5; M5 -?

conazza
on 7/20/18 7:44 pm
RNY on 09/23/16
Topic: RE: Blood work- ferritin

Wonder if anyone has research or studies I could bring with me? There must be some out there.

Lap band: 2006. Revision to RNY 9/23/2016

8/2/17: Goal Reached: 135lbs. & 115lbs lost (5'3")

Pre-op: 250, SW 242, CW 125, GW 135

Pre-op: 9lb M1: 20lb M2: 11.5lb M3: 11.9 M4: 13.4 M5: 10.8 M6: 10.2 M7: 8.1 M8: 8.4 M9: 6.5 M10: 5.7 M11: 3.5 M12: 4.3

conazza
on 7/20/18 7:34 pm
RNY on 09/23/16
Topic: RE: Blood work- ferritin

Thanks Daisy! So good to hear from you.. I attribute much of my WLS success with all the advice you gave me in the beginning of my journey!

i will see my PCP if my surgeons office won't refer me. I had a hematologist in the past for a possible blood disorder and found out after the fact that he is my pcp's husband so I feel pretty comfortable asking her if they won't do it. I do need the confidence boost to push myself to insist though so I appreciate it.

Lap band: 2006. Revision to RNY 9/23/2016

8/2/17: Goal Reached: 135lbs. & 115lbs lost (5'3")

Pre-op: 250, SW 242, CW 125, GW 135

Pre-op: 9lb M1: 20lb M2: 11.5lb M3: 11.9 M4: 13.4 M5: 10.8 M6: 10.2 M7: 8.1 M8: 8.4 M9: 6.5 M10: 5.7 M11: 3.5 M12: 4.3

Daisydoo02
on 7/20/18 7:20 pm - North West GTA, Ontario, Canada
RNY on 11/15/13
Topic: RE: Blood work- ferritin

Hey Norma, how are you my friend?

I am so glad you have taking matters into your own hands and looking after this!!!

Its unfortunate that a lot of Surgeon's offices/Centres are not very good at post op care for lab work. I see over and over here on OH people who have dangerously low ferrtin and their Centres/Surgeons are not concerned at all.

You need a referral to a hematologist stat. If your Centre won't give you one make sure your PCP will give you one. And don't let them tell you that an iron level of 105 is "fine" or that a ferritin of 19 is "fine." Its not. They might try and tell you that there is some ridiculous range of 5-300 so 19 is in the range but explain that due to gastric bypass you need your ferritin at least 50 and I would personally go for 100. It might take a few iron infusions to get it up. You will never get it up higher with iron supplements. You might be able to keep it up once you have in infusion or you might not. I don't absorb oral iron at all, I use the iron patch and need regular infusions.

Don't let them talk you out of it. Advocate for yourself and keep bugging them until you get it done. Keep us posted and let us know how you do. You will feel like a new woman once you get an infusion. Originally I was very naive on how much our ferritin levels can play into how well we feel. I am so glad I had the Vets here on OH to help guide me and advise me. Iron infusions are the best thing I never did.

Good luck Norma!!

Daisy 5'5" HW: 275 SW: 254 CW: below 125

RNY Nov 15, 2013 - Toronto Western Hospital - Dr David Urbach

Gallbladder removal & hernia repair - Nov 2, 2017 - Dr David Urbach

Daisydoo02
on 7/20/18 7:15 pm - North West GTA, Ontario, Canada
RNY on 11/15/13
Topic: RE: Blood work- ferritin

And again you are WRONG.

Norma is more than 2 yrs post surgery.

And no Michelle TWH said a ferritin of 4 was fine. I went outside of TWH and got help and iron infusions, TWH was not prepared to help me at all, in fact they put my health in complete danger.

No one should accept a ferritin of below 50 for a post bariatric patient (50 for post menopausal) and 100 for a someone menstruating still. The ranges are bull **** and ridiculous. Most of the "ranges" for labs for those of us who are post gastric bypass are not sufficient. You WILL discover this when you are years post op.

Please explain to me how my post was SCARY? How did you interpret it as I was scaring her? That is ridiculous. How nice of you to think me spending all that time writing out that post to her and giving her ADVICE was scary. That's Bull****

And next time you post really read the OP's post and look at when they had surgery before you respond.

Daisy 5'5" HW: 275 SW: 254 CW: below 125

RNY Nov 15, 2013 - Toronto Western Hospital - Dr David Urbach

Gallbladder removal & hernia repair - Nov 2, 2017 - Dr David Urbach

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