'Cos my ferritin has dropped steeply from 65 to 14. Haemoglobin is still normal at 13.4 (for now). Basically, to recap, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease last year. GP put me on Levothyroxine, couldn't stand the side-effects, and stopped taking it. However, my TSH went from 5.6 to 11.2 and I started up on 50mcg Levothyroxine again. Went through a month of feeling at death's door, then felt more normal. Have been on the Levy for 2-3 months.
A couple of weeks ago, my GP ordered some blood tests. (As an aside, can you request a printout of results at the doctor's surgery? This would have saved me a torturous 20-minute encounter with a clueless receptionist the other day.) Everything but ferritin was supposedly normal: B12 (291), folate (4.8), CRP (6.6) and TSH (4.57).
I'm a bit concerned about B12, because I keep on getting tingling in my feet, hands. lower limbs and even face. At night time I get burning feet. I do feel like I am having symptoms of B12 deficiency, even though my level is 'normal'. I'm not on any B12 supplementation, which I feel like I should be with Crohn's.
But my ferritin bugs me even more, because I spent years struggling with iron-deficiency anaemia. Never really got it under control until after my surgery for Crohn's in Feb 2013. For about a year my ferritin hovered around the 65 mark, but now it's dropped down to 14. I'm paranoid my Crohn's is back, but I do need to consider the Hashimoto's as a possible cause too - see thread title. Google hasn't helped much with this one.
In the meantime, have been prescribed ferrous fumarate. Would like to ask a few more questions, but I'll just stick with the iron stuff for now. Thanks folks. PS: Feel like crap at the moment, really.
Hi, I can't answer your question only to say I had an iron infusion last December which put my Ferritin up to 175 - last week I had a blood test which shows ferritin at 25!!! It had all gone and I have no idea why.
I don't have Hashimotos but an underactive Thyroid - it's a mystery to me, but I think we are looking for an answer to the same question.
Ps I had the iron infusion because tablets just weren't raising levels.