I went to see my GP last Friday with my Blue Horizon results (in Bio). She agrees autoimmune thyroid disease but said my TSH wasn't hugely above range (along the "nothing to worry about" lines) and my T4 is "fine" so she won't medicate straight away as I'm "too young" (ahem...31!) and being medicated would mean for life and could lead to heart problems???
Therefore, she wants to try to improve my Ferritin levels and Vitamin D and then re-test me in mid-May. She prescribed 2 x Ferrous Fumarate 210mg per day to be taken with orange juice and suggested taking 100% RDA Vitamin D. Realising that is a pretty low amount of Vit D, I declined the offer of a prescription saying I had my own.
So, for the last week I've been taking the FF 210mg twice a day and have been taking 2,000IU Vitamin D3. Having looked around on this forum, I realise there are probably other things I should be taking or better dosage, so I'm looking for some advice. Here are my vitamin/mineral levels (Thyroid ones in Bio if anyone wants a nosy)...
Ferritin = 12.9 (13 - 150 ug/L)
Magnesium = 0.86 (0.66 - 1.07 mmol/L)
Vitamin D (25 OH) = 34 (Deficient <25 nmol/L, Insufficient 25 – 50, Consider reducing dose >175)
Vitamin B12 = 303 (Def <145 pmol/L, Insuf 145 – 250, reducing dose >569)
Serum Folate = 18.40 (8.83 - 60.8 nmol/L)
My Ferritin was also tested in 2008 = 40 (10-275ng/mL) and 2006 = 55 (15-300ng/mL) so I would guess this is below optimum and has been for over 10 years? Does anyone have an idea of what level I should be aiming for? I think I read somewhere maybe 70? Also, no blood count has been run since 2014 but I did advise the doctor my Hemoglobin is usually fine for giving blood (usually about 140 (115-165) which is what it was 3 months ago) so is it possible my iron levels are actually ok and therefore taking these FF tablets might not be ideal? Do you think I'll actually see an increase in my Ferritin levels on these? I'm a bit confused. Should I be taking anything else along with the FF tablets?
Vitamin D - I've been taking 2,000IU per day but have read about the BetterYou DLux 3000 spray that people have recommended so I'm thinking of getting that. Any thoughts on what level of IU would be best given I am at the lower end of insufficient? I'm also seeing that I should be taking K2-MK7 (any recommendations?) and taking both with my fattiest meal of the day.
Magnesium - my levels look ok but I've been reading that I should be taking some as it helps D3 to work? Any thoughts? Also Selenium? I haven't had that tested but would it cause any problems supplementing.
B12 - this is within range but I would like to take some more as I'm mainly vegetarian. I have some 100ug B12 as Cyanocobalamin already at home, are these any use and how much should I be taking?
Folate - although not below range, this still looks a bit low. Should I also be taking something for that?
Obviously, I'm aware I need to go gluten-free now so I'll be working on that too. Does anyone have any good resources for gluten-free vegetarian or vegan recipes?
I'm looking to buy most of these supplements online over the weekend so any suggestions for the best ones would be most helpful (PM me if not allowed on forum).
Lastly, by taking all these supplements in the next couple of months, do you think my TSH will drop and therefore mean I will never be medicated? I'm a bit on the fence about whether a complete change of lifestyle and diet will mean I feel much better and don't need medicated for a while or whether I should suffer a bit longer and just get on the meds. If I could live symptom free without medication then I'd be more than happy to do so, I guess the question is, is this possible with Hashimoto's?
Thanks in advance,