I am hypothyroid and already have a post about what I'm doing:
In this post I would like to ask a separate question around my iron panel.
My iron panel and optimal results as suggested by Stop The Thyroid Madness (STTM)
Serum Iron: 12 umol/L ( 10 - 30 ) - Should be 25+
Ferritin: 101 ug/L ( 30 - 500 ) - 110 - 120
Transferrin: 2.5 g/L ( 2.0 - 3.2 ) - unsure
Transferrin Saturation: 19 % ( 16 - 45 ) - Should be 38% to 45% for men
My doctor does not want me to go on the iron supplementation as my Ferritin is near the top end of healthy range. According to STTM, the low iron panel, but high/normal Ferritin means inflammation, which is most likely due to being in hypo state for quite some time (decades).
My question is, do people here support the view of my doctor and that of STTM? Do you think I should exhaust other treatment options and then retest the iron panel again to see where I am.
So for example, if my Serum iron and % Saturation are still low as above AND my Ferritin goes down to say 60 (like it was several years ago), then I could try supplementing with Iron? In this example I would have enough Ferritin room to play with.
Another view could be that I ignore Ferritin and just try to lift the Serum iron etc and hope that it makes me feel better overall and eventually this would actually correct my inflammation and hence lower the Ferritin?
You are finding out just how complicated this condition can be. It is all about the inflammation which can be caused by infections, parasites, gluten, dairy or anything that irritates your gastrointestinal system. Iron is tricky. Implicated in cancers for sure and one doctor said if you can't get enough from food you would have the same problem with supplementing. I don't even know if you can be in a sympathetic state (fight or flight) if you don't have cortisol but usually that is the case when we have an autoimmune condition. Is that you? If only there were functional doctors who understand all the nuances of a perplexed immune system.
You could go to a basic check of your metabolism by taking your temperature and pulse three or four times per day. I think it's the best indicator .
It never ceases to amaze me the quality of advice and support given on this forum! So much superior to most of the twaddle dished our by Endos and GPs. Well done Heloise.
Thank you, Bb. The more I learn the more complicated it becomes. I wish there were better tests and more of them but it always seems out of reach. The human body is remarkable though and carries on in spite of it. I have to say the research is amazing. I'm working on this right now. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articl...