Has anyone had success increasing their iron levels?
I've been trying for about a year now without success. The levels have moved from "15" to "42" even after supplementing with 400 mg (I think it's mg and not mcg) of iron supplements prescribed by my surgery (200 split into two doses).
I take 75 mcg levo and 10 mcg T3 (liothyronine) - T4 in the morning and T3 at midday without food.
I'm also taking daily supplements of Vitamin D 1000 IU (25 mg), Vitamin C (500 mg), Zinc Orotate 9.54 mg that is packaged with 18 mg Magnesium (as magnesium carbonate and magnesium stearate), and Selenium 200 mcg.
Note: my TSH has dropped by almost 2.5 points since I've been taking the T3 (about 2 months now). I have not adjusted the T4, as the doctor wished me to go from 75 mcg to 50 mcg, but perhaps I now should? I have been feeling strangely: dizzy, moody, very thirsty, low energy, strange clarity and very worrying eyesight issues - I have a blind spot now in my right eye as my optic nerve has somehow been damaged (it is 'dipping' and not circular as before) and doctors have no clue what's causing it.
The doctor requested T3 testing but the lab did not do it.
I'm considering trying Nature-Thryoid if I can source it from a reputable manufacturer.
My test results were:
For gluten sensitivity - Tissu transglutaminase IgA lev: 2.6 U/ml (range 0.0 - 10.0)
Serum vitamin B12 - 209 ng/L (range 130-900)
Serum folate - 6.4 ug/L (range > 3.0)
Serum ferritin - 42 ug/L (range 15-300)
Serum TSH level - 0.25 mU/L (range 0.30 - 4.40) "Low"
Serum free T4 level - 13.3 pmol/L (range 9.0 - 19.1)
I've heard that supplementing with Folic Acid (although I'm not sure at what dose) can help with low folate levels - is this true? Also, I'm not quite sure what the folate top range is.