Hashimoto PA and iron deficiency

Hi everyone

Its been a while since I last wrote. So after long fight and many check ups as well as consult with haematologist I have been diagnosed with PA and began my injections. However recently I was feeling very bad (I have suspected developing hashimoto) so I went for a check up and my results didn't surprise me tsh is elevated, what surprised me is iron deficiency and low haemoglobin. I started supplementation.

What concerns me is that gp is blaming my diet even after PA diagnosis and says none of it is related (b12 iron and thyroid) is that really not related? Is it really my diet? I would like to point I love meat I love eggs I love all this stuff and that's what I eat... First time my thyroid acted up PA popped out, now my thyroid is acting up and my iron popped out.

Please share your experience with me.

Thanks a lot

14 Replies

  • Doctors know nothing about hormones or nutrition. So, to hide their ignorance, they blame the patient - any excuse is good enough! Just so long as it doesn't look as if they're doing nothing. Your doctor probably wouldn't know a good diet if it jumped up and bit him.

    Hashi's and PA are autoimmune diseases. I don't think that one causes the other, but if you have one, you are more likely to develop others. The connection is an out of control immune system. I really don't think it has much to do with diet - if anything.

    As for the iron, if you are hypo, you are likely to have low stomach acid, and therefore difficulty absorbing nutrients. So, it doesn't matter how good your diet is, you can still be deficient in all sorts of things. Did you also have your vit D, B12 and folate tested? They could be low, too. But that doesn't mean you have a bad diet, it just means you have absorption problems.

  • I'm on b12 injections since a short while so I don't know if there is a point testing it. I didn't test folate nor vitD but I will soon (in my country). I think there is absorption problem but I wonder if it is thyroid related as tsh is 4.9 so not that bad just yet. I know autoimmune like to socialise and that made me think about ibs. Anyway How To make gp search for the cause instead of playing with symptoms?

  • IBS is not an autoimmune disease, it is a syndrome. Usually caused by low thyroid. And your thyroid is low, because your TSH is 4.9. Don't trivialise it, you are hypo. Many of us would feel very ill with that TSH. And, as you have Hashi's, it is going to get worse, not better.

    Sorry about the mention of B12! Silly of me, but force of habit. lol Shouldn't have said that as you have PA. But, your folate should be tested, and you should be taking a B complex to keep your Bs balanced. They all work together.

    To know about your stomach acid, have a read of this :


  • Thanks a lot I will have a look into it.

  • You're welcome. :)

  • When are Doctors going to be taught properly, or even, maybe, go and read and learn for themselves, as we have to do. If it wasn't for such lovely people as you, greygoose, we would be really lost. So grateful to you and the Admins for leading us in the right direction and helping us to find out things for ourselves.

  • I don't think things are going to change as long as Big Pharma pulls the strings. It's not in their interests that doctors know anything about hormones or nutrition, because it would stop them prescribing their drugs.

  • A waste of their so-called 7 years of learning at Med School then greygoose.

  • Oh, absolutely! How can you call yourself a doctor, when you are totally ignorant of the two main pillars of life?

  • I forgot to mention I got digestive issues going on too. Almost daily direaha post meal stomach pains etc. ATM I'm on iron tablets which can have side effects like that so it's hard to distinguish but it was happening before.

  • To avoid the side-effects of iron tablets, try taking 1000 mcg vit C with it.

  • I have low ferritin as well and therefore have to take iron, also a sensitive stomach, and I have found iron bisglycinate to be good

  • This link may be helpful:-


  • Iron deficiency is quite common in PA, especially in younger women, and there is good research on this.. microcytic anaemia is not unknown. Your dr hasn't checked the literature. A google search will bring it up.

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