I've been very ill recently (3 bouts of sepsis due to an infected obstructed kidney) and my recovery hasn't been as quick as expected, so I asked my GP to do some tests to make sure it was just the recent illness and not something in addition making me beyond tired (I'm more tired than I was just after having a baby - when I need a nap, I need a nap now). I also have a sore tongue which I suspected was thrush after three months on antibiotics.
The bloods came back and my GP noted low but rising iron levels (I suspect while I was in hospital they must have been lower). When I spoke to him we compared these with some 5 years ago and they aren't much different (I was tired then too). However I noticed from the results that my b12 was the low end of normal and folate was at the bottom of the range. The results are:-
B12 -291 ng/l (200-680)
Folate- 2.5 ng/ml (2.5-17.0)
Iron 13 umol/l (7-30)
Transferrin 3.2g/l (1.7-4.3)
Transferrin saturation 16.2% (20-50)
My kidney function has been mildly impaired and is on the way back up and is now normal.
I need to see my GP again in three months for kidney function and he has suggested redoing the iron test then. I have been taking high dose b vits (berocca) and spatone for 5 days and I feel so much better. I was going to continue this for the three months.
I tend to get restless legs and stabbing nerve pains - although the levels are normal could they be causing this and the sore tongue as they are low?
What tests should I ask for in September, the above repeated or more? Any thoughts at all? Any advice as to what to do?