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Iron level drops severely after backpacking trip. Why??

Patient: Why would intense hiking for a week on a backpacking trip lower my serum iron level by 50 points (from feeling great when we started to symptoms of anemia on the last day), even though my hemoglobin is still great and so is Ferritin?

 

 

Symptoms: Deep fatigue, feeling awful

 

 

Doctor:

 


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Dr. Jimmy Obaji M.D.

Dr. Jimmy Obaji M.D.

Dr. Jimmy Obaji completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Manitoba. He currently operates a walk-in-clinic in downtown Toronto.

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