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Help Please Iron Blood Test

janeold25
janeold25

I am hypo currently being treated on combination of T4/T3. Understand if iron levels are out that thyroid meds do not work efficiently.

Have read how important it is to have a full iron blood test done - Serum iron, complete blood count, total iron binding capacity, transferrin saturation and serum ferritin.

What is the best test to have done which covers all the above? The tests I keep finding covers Iron, TIBC, Transferrin and Ferritin. Does that cover Serum iron, complete blood count, total iron binding capacity, transferrin saturation and serum ferritin?

Is that a fully comprehensive test to have done?

Look forward to your replies?

Many thanks

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SeasideSusie
SeasideSusieAdministrator

Jane

The full blood count is not part of an iron panel. Iron panel consists of

Iron

TIBC

Transferrin

Ferritin

Medichecks do it as an "Iron Deficiency Check" for £39 and can be done as a fingerprick test.

medichecks.com/iron-tests/i...

Their Full Blood Count is also £39 but has to be a venous blood draw which would cost extra.

Can you ask your GP to do them?

If not I would start with the Iron Deficiency Check, see how that comes back then if necessary you could look at the FBC.

Lovely thanks Seaside Susie

Hi SeasideSusie

I have ordered test for Iron deficiency, am currently taking Biocare Iron complex which contains 14mg of iron, Ashwaganda, Holy Basil, Vit B complex, Selenium, Zinc and Iodine. Should I stop using it before I have blood test done

Look forward to hearing from you.

Jane

SeasideSusie
SeasideSusieAdministrator
in reply to janeold25

Jane

Leave off the iron for a week and leave off the B Complex for 3-5 days. B Complex can affect any blood test not just thyroid tests. The others just don't take before the test on the day.

I'm wondering why you're taking Iodine. Did you test and found to be deficient?

I have been seeing Dr Bernard Willis in Winchester since November 2017, he is a holistic practitioner who specialises in Thyroid, adrenals and CFS. He has put me on a very low dose of Iodizyme-HP containing Iodine 2500 and 3700 iodine as potassium salt (don't have funny sign on my laptop, looks like an upside down h and a g!!!). I only take half a tablet a day. He did full thyroid panel, adrenal glands and sex hormones.

SeasideSusie
SeasideSusieAdministrator
in reply to janeold25

Jane

But did he test Iodine and were you deficient.

It a very contentious subject. Hypothyroidism can be caused by Iodine deficiency but if you're not deficient and take Iodine it can make it worse, particularly if you have Hashimoto's (autoimmune thyroid disease).

Ok did not know that, I don't have Hashimoto's.

He did not test, will get test done.

Many thanks for your help.

SeasideSusie
SeasideSusieAdministrator
in reply to janeold25

Unfortunately, testing now wont show if you had a deficiency and needed iodine.

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