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low serum ferritin

Posted: 08/07/2015 at 22:05


saw my GP this week. Although the pharmacist had recommended I took a vitamin supplement, my GP said that the supplement I had been looking at just contained 14mg iron. He said that wasn't enough and has told me to take 1 tablet of ferrous sulphate daily. It is v cheap and can be bought over the counter after asking at the pharmacy. It is a 200mg ferrous sulphate tablet- which equates to around 65mg iron.

Dr said it will take several weeks to get my serum ferritin stores elevated to a satisfactory level.

low serum ferritin

Posted: 23/06/2015 at 19:57

Thanks..........I was thinking of doing that Little M.iss Happy. I will check with my GP next week and ask what dose is recommended. Thanks for taking the time to respond to my post.

low serum ferritin

Posted: 23/06/2015 at 16:02

I have been told that my serum ferritin is on the low side after a routine "well woman" blood test. At the test I asked if my serum ferritin could be done as I have been feeling tired lately and I don't eat red meat and have heavy periods. I suspected I may be slightly anaemic. My serum ferritin is 14. I understand this is the low end of the normal range. The GP has suggested iron supplements. She said to get the ones over the counter in the pharmacists. I looked among the vitamin ranges on the shelves of the floor and saw an iron supplement 14mg for just over £3 for 60 tablets. It said it was 100% RDA. Having read back on some other anaemia posts- it looks like people are prescribed larger doses. I have an appt with my GP at the end of next week and will check with him the dose I should be taking. If you have had a low serum ferritin- what were you prescribed? Is a ferritin level of 14 low if you are a runner- I am guessing it may explain tiredness during training? How long after starting the correct iron supplement should I start feeling less tired.  Any advise much appreciated.

Drop Foot

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 20:12

Exactly the same happened to me several months ago. It was really q scary.......I had been sitting at a computer for around 1.5hrs leaning mainly to the side that developed the foot drop. When I tried to stand up- my right leg just gave way. I tried 3 x and each time the leg gave way and I fell. When I eventually stood up and walked- my foot was flopping to the ground. You could hear the "flop" sound as I walked. I was worried I had had a stroke or something major was wrong. Went to GP. I couldn't flex my foot up. The GP did a neurological exam and sent me to A and E. To cut a v long story short- I was eventually given an MRI scan to exclude a prolapsed disc. This came back normal. The diagnosis was of acute foot drop due to pressure on a nerve. I was given a rigid foot splint to wear all the time xpt at night. This stopped the foot from dropping. The hospital provided me with this and it fitted q easily into my training shoe. I was told it could take 6-8weeks for nerve to recover. BUT After 9 days of wearing the splint- the foot recovered. I could walk normally but was advised to ease back gently into running and not to rush it.

So the answer to your questions- yes foot drop has happened to me

                                                   - I think it will settle naturally if it is just due to transient pressure on a nerve

                                                   - Mine settled in 9 days with me wearing a foot splint to stop the foot from dropping. It can take longer to settle according to the consultant I saw.


You will know yourself I am sure, if your foot drop recovers fully to allow you to run your marathon. I hope for your case- it recovers as swiftly as mine did. I am now very careful not to sit for extended periods of time on a hard chair! I did not know such a thing as foot drop could happen due to pressure on a nerve caused by sitting/crossing legs. 



Posted: 15/04/2015 at 18:59 sounds like a fungal infection. I have 2 white nails that are infected. They are causing me no bother- are just unsightly and the nails are q thick. The GP prescribed me a topical liquid to paint on the nails and told me it could take a year of regular application to clear. I opted not for oral medication- as I am on other medication that antifungals interact with when given orally. I saw a chiropodist too. He said the nails were too thick for the topical antifungal to penetrate. As a result- I still have the discoloured nails..........

Bursitis at base of big toe

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 16:36

I had a bursitis of my heel - it was painful. GP stuck a sterile needle in and drew out fluid with a syringe. It was still tender and podiatrist cut a hole in chiropodist felt to put around the bursa area. This allowed me to run until the bursa cleared. I must stress that what the GP did didn't actually draw out that much fluid. I think the hole in the felt and the padding around the hole helped. I had to stop running for 2-3 days only. I then kept changing the felt - the podiatrist gave me several pieces with holes in. Not sure if you could do this in a big toe though! Perhaps see if GP can draw out any fluid??

Good luck

PS I wouldn't lance the bursa yourself- just incase you get an infection.

Hoka heel problems

Posted: 31/03/2015 at 00:51

I LOVE my Hoka Cliftons. Luckily I have had no problems at all with blisters( and I usually do with new shoes). I was able to literally start wearing them straight out of the box.

The sizing may be an issue???  The Hoka are known to be on the small side. I bought a half size bigger than my normal trainer and they fit like a glove. Maybe yours are too small or if you bought them a size bigger- maybe too big?

I am sorry you got mega blisters. I have nothing but praise for Hoka trainers. I am considering buying the Hoka Bondi 4 shoe with birthday money. They are an expensive shoe and it is a great shame that they don't seem to suite you.



hoka dealers in London

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 20:33

Hi robphotog. I am pleased to read you like the Hoka Cliftons. I have had a look at Run and Become website and like the look of the Hoka Bondi 4 at £115. Was wondering if you would report back which shoes you managed to try on in the Hoka range. Hopefully I may get money for my birthday and treat myself? Am interested in the various models you tried on- comfort/fit/weight etc. Are you going to purchase a different model to the Cliftons?

Thanks in advance for any info you can give.


Posted: 09/03/2015 at 22:40

Yes please Rob............I would love to hear how you find the shoes over 6m. I had a dodgy knee when I decided to buy the Cliftons. It wasn't a long standing injury, just a niggle............but I have been running now in the Cliftons instead of my Nike Vomeros and my knee is absolutely fine now. To be fair, my vomeros are needing replacing after several months of use- so this could have been the cause of the niggle?

I hope your knees like the Cliftons!!!

Please do report back........


Posted: 09/03/2015 at 21:32

Just read April's edition of Runners World. A good review of the Hoka Clifton trainer


 " for a maximal shoe that looks so chunky it's a testament to the job Hoka has done on the fit that 2 testers made the same remark-wearing the shoes " felt like I was running in comfy socks", referring to the mix of cushioning and speed this shoe gives. The foot sits high off the ground(29mm at the heel and 24mm at the forefoot) but the overall drop of 5mm gives this a great blend of responsiveness and padding, and proved adept across a variety of distances "

" I felt like I was running in my socks and yet had the confidence to pick up my downhill speed, thanks to the support. I did some hard sessions and whether they were fast, long or steep the shoe came up tops "

I haven't been able to run further than 6m in any one run in my hoka cliftons- due to lack of fitness! However the 6miles has been really great and the shoes are definitely a good purchase for me. Runners World have nominated the shoe as "BEST RUNNERS DEBUT"

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