A ferritin level of 13 is too low for an athlete and if you have symptoms, I would recommend to take at least some supplements. It is difficult or even impossible to get the level higher with just eating meat.
Each person get symptoms on a different ferritin level. I felt horrible with a level of 25 and a friend had the same symptoms when her level was around 5.
If you get a chance, talk to Binja - she probably knows the newest guideline and treatment.
Thanks Ursula! I will take supplements and see how the levels are in a couple of months. I had a different doctor this time who seemed very anti everything, he pretty much said there was no reason to be iron deficient (even though I clearly have been in the past) and didn't even want to do a test!
I will make sure I get the other doctor next time - I know she would have offered an iron infusion again, but I want to try first with supplements and diet as the infusions are expensive and iron dropped low again a couple of months after infusion so it didn't seem very sustainable.
I hope you guys are going well over there!
Oh no, hopefully you get the other doctor next time.
I have no clue about the price but there is another treatment (it is called Ferinject from Vifor) which can be used undiltued and should last longer than the infusion. Not every Doctor inject it - let me know, when you are interested in - I have an address. My mother-in-law get those injections.
We are doing great over here and enjoying spring temperature at around 20C hopefully it won`t change again....
The literature I found implied that athletes benefit from a ferritin level of around 30, and some women may need it to be as much as 60?
I'm also following this conversation :) GPs here only seem to care if it shows up red on their screen - which is 15 I think(?).