This is my first post. For last six months, I am feeling tired (fatigued), with constant nagging dizziness. Went to labs and important results are as under.
Serum iron : 77 (low normal)
TIBC : 369 (normal)
%Transferrin saturation : 21(low normal)
Ferritin : 30 (low normal)
Hemoglobin : 15.8 (normal)
RDW - SD : 46.3 (high)
Vit b12 : 496
Vit D : 30
FT3 : 4.9 pmol/L (2.2-6.45)
FT4 : 1.1 ng/L (0.9-1.8)
TSH : 10.1 (high)
Thyroid antibodies (AMA and ATG) : Nil
I am vegetarian. Before the start of dizziness I was subjected to laxative abuse by my Naturopath for seven months! Even before that for almost four years, I had restricted my diet for no apparent reason.
My new doctor feels that the ferritin is ok for a man of 51 yrs. He wants me to go for hypothyroid medicine. I on the other hand feel that it is the low iron storage due to restricted diet and laxative overuse which is causing high TSH and other symptoms. On top of this, I do not have other classical symptoms of hypothyroid like weight gain and intolerance to colds.
I want to take the route of eating healthy and iron supplementation for minimum three months rather than landing in the trap of synthetic hormones.
Any suggestions? Thanks.