i'll have a look, iim.
My ferritin level is 18, my hair is falling out, and I am exhausted on top of the ms fatigue!
just wondering.. where's your ferritin level at compared to last year?
with low ferritin, you're definitely looking like an iron deficiency case without looking much further.
for other iron-related conditions such as hemochromatosis, hemolytic anemia, dideroblastic anemia, or iron poisoning, ferritin would be normal to high.
i have seen conflicting info on iron in anemia of chronic disease. one source said ferritin would be low, others say it could be normal/high.
you might want to look at Serum iron, Transferrin, and TIBC to rule out anemia of chronic illness. we can calculate your transferrin saturation from that to see what's what.
as for the tablets failing, what kinds of foods, drinks, or other supplements would you typically ingest at the same time? i wonder if it's a timing and combination issue?
what kind of dietary iron sources are in your routine? here's a little bit of reading on dietary iron bioavailability:
Boosting iron absorption: A guide for the science-mindedhttp://www.parentingscience.com/iron-absorption.html
have you even analysed your routine food combinations for iron inhibitors?
and one other question.. did you ever get a zinc test since last year?
as for iron supplementation and ms, one not exactly bang-on but still interesting abstract:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18573825
Mult Scler. 2008 Jul;14(6):857-9. Epub 2008 Jun 23.
Interferon beta therapy increases serum ferritin levels in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis.
that said there is iron dysregulation going on in ms. i'm looking into ferritin binding in the brain which is absent in ms lesions, and trying to figure out why exactly it doesn't get bound.
need to read more... i'm figuring out which search terms to use still.
i suspect zinc issues. hard to say, more reading ahead