I have been told I am iron deficient but doctor and endo have differing views on it. Ferritin is low - 23 (15-150) but complete blood count is normal except for MCV which was below range. It was 76f/L (80-100). My doctor told me at an appointment weeks ago it was slightly under range and in the past previous MCV levels have been fine so this is a new development. I am not sure if that means my iron deficiency has worsened since I have not stuck to a routine of taking iron over the years because of the problems I have had with it.
I am not quite fatigued at the moment but the tiredness sets in more after a period and because my periods are always heavy at the end of them they knock me out. My face gets pale, my dark circles come back and I have been breathless and my stamina is much worse after a period has ended, so I am guessing it is not so much iron deficiency but now anaemia and these symptoms reflect this? The doctor has said to me about the dark circles under my eyes but he thinks it is a hypothyroid symptom.
I have looked through an article on here regarding iron but I cannot decide on which iron supplement to take because I have had problems with the ones I have tried. I would like to try one that is in liquid/powder form because I have problems swallowing tablets/pills.
I thought about taking ferrous bisglycinate but this is a tablet only by the looks of things.
Ferrous fumarate was what I started out taking - I was told by the doctor not to take this with vitamin C but when I looked at the PIL (patient information leaflet) I found out that I could. So I mixed a vitamin C tablet (fizzy) in to a glass of water and added the iron tablet but I felt sick immediately after.
I then tried Floradix and added fruit juice and vitamin C to it but this made me feel sick as well and the Floradix went straight into the bin.
The doctor sent me a letter saying my iron supplement was changed from ferrous fumarate to ferrous sulphate. When I went to try the ferrous sulphate the tablets were film coated so wouldn't dissolve in water/juice.
I have tried to increase iron by adding kale and spinach to my diet - I have only just found out these are goitrogenic and I have accidentally eaten a lot of these raw which may account for the throat/neck problems I have been getting and I had an ultrasound scan done a few months ago (before I ate the goitrogenic foods) saying my thyroid is enlarged with no nodules or lumps.
I was suggested to try something called an iron fish (?) but I don't cook for myself and I can't find this on Google Shopping or Amazon.
I have seen Spatone which is an iron supplement, is this good at boosting ferritin levels? My doctor told me if I wanted to supplement with a different iron (she didn't suggest an alternative) to not go for Spatone because iron in water is a "myth".