Thyroid UK

Vitamin levels

Hi please see previous post I have palpitations and fast heart rate and sugar cravings my back and ribs are hurting I have hard raised spots all down my fingers losing hair puffy eyes red blotches all over face dry and watery eyes dizziness head rumbling memory loss lack of concentration pins and needles in feet and legs and hands and arms heavy periods just wondering why I am feeling like this I don't know when or if the sweats I have won't go away and I am planning to ask GP to test me for coeliac disease any ideas please thank you

Dec 2017

Ferritin 21 (15 - 150) diagnosed iron deficient 2013 and was taking 3 ferrous fumarate a day but this didn't raise levels for 3 years so given iron infusion in 2016 and discharged with no iron but monitoring within clinical setting

Folate 2.1 (2.5 - 19.5) given folic acid

Vitamin B12 205 (190 - 900)

Vitamin D 25 hydroxyl total 54.7 (50 - 75 suboptimal advise on safe sun exposure and diet) been taking 6000iu oral spray since March 2013 because 800iu not doing very much

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Are you in the UK? If so there are guidelines your GP should follow. If your vitamin D was under 30 when diagnosed your doctor should have prescribed loading doses of vitamin D and then sufficient for a maintenance dose. At least you are now taking a better level of supplement but your vitamin D is still low. You need to aim for a level around 100nmol.

NICE guidelines on vitamin D can be found in weblink below:

You need to take magnesium and K2-MK7 with vitamin D3 in order to absorb the vitamin D effectively. Magnesium citrate is ok but there are other choices for magnesium.

Have you got symptoms of B12 deficiency because if so, I advise you to post your B12 and folate results along with an outline of your thyroid condition and symptoms, low ferritin etc on the HealthUnlocked Pernicious Anaemia forum and ask their advice about what your GP should be doing. Really, it looks like you need further investigations to rule out pernicious anaemia. Your GP should check for intrinsic factor antibodies.

Folate should not be supplemented until B12 deficiency anaemia is ruled out as it can mask a B12 deficiency and cause further problems. Check with the Pernicious Anaemia forum as suggested.

B12 symptoms of deficiency

B12 The Guidelines Doctors follow

Ferritin needs to be at least 70 or mid-range for thyroid hormone to function properly. Have you had a full iron panel?

Iron deficiency anaemia NICE guidelines

The importance of vitamins and thyroid function


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Thank you I am in UK and I also have every symptom on the B12 deficiency site

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They are all too low, because you are under medicated

Detailed supplements advice from SeasideSusie on Low vitamins due to under medication

Push for coeliac test and go strictly gluten free regardless of the result. Majority of us with Hashimoto's find it helps significantly or is essential

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