After 15 months off sick, I am going back to work on Friday on a phased return. I want to be as well as I can get myself, so would like some advice as my ferritin levels seem to have taken a nosedive recently. I am taking multivitamins and minerals, extra folic acid, vitamin D and Risedronate (osteoporosis of spine) and self-injecting B12 every other day (+ one every 2 months at GPs).
serum ferritin [13-150] 46.3 48.9 62.1 (after 3 mth course) 66.2 36.1 (6/12/17)
serum folate [3.9-26.8] 5.5 6.8 6.6 >20 (after 3 mth course) not tested recently
*MMA [0-280] 351 364 351(pre B12) - 393 (after B12) 308 not tested recently
serum free T4 [12 -22] 14.1 13.1 (6/12/17)
serum TSH [0.4 - 5.5] 1.53 2.32 (6/12/17)
* My high MMA levels were originally diagnosed and confirmed as being due to Functional B12 deficiency, now breath test has revealed either SIBO or "fast transit" problem (SIBO can cause raised MMA/ fast transit likely to leave me short of vitamins).
Improvements evident after B12 frequency upped, but erratic with blips in progress.
Any advice welcome. I'm currently seeing gastroenterologist who is arranging investigative tests, awaiting saliva gland/ duct procedure, awaiting appointment letter from metabolics consultant but this is all going to take a long time and it's already been 3 years...... what can I do in the meantime to help myself function at work and home ?