I have been posting on the Thyroid forum for my wife (hypothyroid) as that is the main issue (I think). Also low Vit D, B12 and Ferretin.
She is constantly fatigued but any of the above could be causing or contributing to that.
I was pointed in this direction for more iron advice.
Iron studies done.
Serum iron level 17 umol/L (10-33)
Serum transferrin 3.48 g/L (2.5-3.8)
! Unsat iron binding capacity 87umol/L (36-77)
Transferrin saturation index 19%
Serum Ferritin 18 ug/L (10-291)
Vitamin D 59 nmol/L (75-150)
! Serum total 25-OH vit D level - slight vitamin D deficiency - collect leaflet from desk (leaflet was about diet!)
Serum vitamin B12 323 ng/L (181-910)
Serum folate 8.3 ug/L (>5.40)
Serum creatine 82 umol/L (53-97)
Have lots of other results but most are middle of their relative ranges.
A few years ago the Serum Ferretin was 12ug/L and GP treated with a course of ferrous fumarate but that was stopped once it got up to 57ug/L. But has dropped again to its current level.
I have purchased some ferrous fumarate over the counter but is this the right way to go with the unsat iron binding capacity being over range?
I read a bit on the rt3-adrenals.org site and I think it points to supplemental iron if i'm interpreting correctly.
Just want to be sure, my wife is sceptical of treating herself despite the GP treating the numbers and not how she feels.
I have ordered supplements to get the other vitamin levels up too.
With regard to the vitamin B12, the thyroid forum have recommended an optimum level of 600+ ng/L. In your experience what level of supplements would get her up to that level and how long would it usually take. I appreciate that is possibly an un answerable question as we are all so different.
Would an injection be better? (not sure I could convince her to self inject) but if tablets take a long time she may come around to it.
Any advice is much appreciated.