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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. Suneel Sharman M.D.

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

Dr. Suneel Sharman completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Toronto. He currently operates Infinity Health Centre, a walk-in-clinic in downtown Toronto.

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