I am new to this forum and I was recommended by my friend. Recently (or maybe more than one year) I have been feeling not so well - I have been loosing my hair (and they became weak), my skin is dry, I have sleeping problems, feeling tired and irritated quite often, one minute my mood is good another I am super angry. As I have had problems with iron and ferritin for more than 5 years I was told that all these symptoms are because of that and that it is because of my heavy menstruation. My mom is having problems with thyroid for many years so I was recommended to make some tests too. But because of the COVID-19 situation it is impossible to get an appointment with doctor. I would appreciate if You could help me.
Ferritin 8.2 ug/l (10-291)
Iron 21.2 umol/l (9-30.4)
TSH 4.74 mlU/l (0.35-5.5)
Free T3 - 4.4 pmol/l (3.5-6.5)
Free Thyroxine - 16 pmol/l (11.5-22.7)
Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies - 28 mlU/l (<60)
Welcome to the Forum ! Your Ferritin is dire ! Serum Iron seems to be fine. Have you had a full Iron panel done ? - and FBC - Full blood count ?
I would also test B12 - Folate and VitD. If they are low in range they too can cause symptoms.
TSH in a healthy person is around 2. Was your test a fasting one and done early in the day ?
Are you taking any supplements or any other meds ? Are you on a maintenance plan for low iron - having had problems in the past.
My ferritin is quite high here. Mostly I have it around 3-4 Iron serum about4. I am drinking now SiderAl forte and few months ago I got birth control pils to control my mens.
I have done a full blood count some time despite low level of ferritin my Hemoglobin is around 90-100.
When it comes to TSH - it was done in the morning.
No meds only supplements of iron and vitaminC.
I will definitely do B12 and vitaminD test. Last time I did them few years ago then B12 was ok and I had lack of vitamin D.
I agree with Marz your ferritin is low and that can cause symptoms. When mine was low I losing hair by the hundreds and felt awful. I was told that my ferritin had to be over 80 for hair growth so I took spatone and ate pate twice a week to bring it up. Also most people have a TSH of 1 or lower so yours is too high and I think you have hypothyroid.
Wow 80! Thanks!
What were the actual results for B12 and VitD ? Fine/OK/Normal - they are opinions and not a result 😷
I found only vitaminD results
It is 36.33 ug/l (30-100)
60 plus would be better for VitD. Take 4/5000 iu's and re-test in 6 months. Important co-factors are Magnesium and VitK2-MK7 ...
Thank you very much
Hi hi Marz,
So I did new tests and the results are
B12 186 pmol/l (182-672 adequate vitamin B12 status, 156-181 deficiency)
VitD 98 nmol/l (75-250 adequate vitamin D status, 50-75 deficiency)
Folic Acid 33,43 (12-45 adequate Folic Acid status, 7-12 deficiency)
Your VitD testing reveals differing measurements ! Second one looks better !
B12 would be better around 500 ++
VitD 39.2 ug/l (30-100 adequate vitamin D status, 20-30 deficiency)
Yes but after that you said - VitD 98 nmol/L
There are two different measurement types nmol and ug/l Not sure what is the difference
Unusual for both to be used in the same lab ! I lived in Greece where they used ng/L - here in the UK it is pmol/L. If you x 2.5 the first result it will give you the pmol/L equivalent!!
Thanks, understood. But is VitaminD ok or should be higher? I was taking Vitamin D whole winter and spring
Vit D is good at 100 plus - or 60 plus ng/L. Replied above about dose - co-factors and re-testing !