Low ferritin & Hypothyroidism
Has anyone sufficiently raised their iron levels through diet alone? I have heavy periods and am struggling to raise my iron levels, no sooner to they go up a little they bounce back down again.
Iron supplements tend to upset my tummy and make me feel more drained.
Any handy tips appreciated
HI lovely, I have the opposite issue lol. Both can make you feel crappy. When you eat iron rich foods be sure to also take Vit C with it. The Vit C helps your body to absorb the iron in the food, just in case you didnt know. Taking iron without Vit C doesnt do much at all. Limiting your intake of pulses (like beans etc) can also help as they actually inhibit the absorbtion. <3 good luck lovely x
Thanks, I’m aware of the vitamin c and also reduced my tea intake too (due to tannins) I just feel I’ve hit a wall!.
My ferritin was 4 and it’s now 6 but it’s taking so long!
GP should refer you to haematologist
Highly likely you need iron infusion
humanbean or SeasideSusie may pop along with advice on other iron supplements
With a ferritin level that low I would imagine medical intervention is required, there's nothing I can suggest other than that.
Have you had an iron panel done? Is serum iron low, transferrin saturation percentage low, TIBC high? Those would point to iron deficiency. Have you had a full blood count to see if you have anaemia?
Thanks, my referral was rejected but I have a GP call tomorrow so may ask again
Think it'd be a gastroenterologist you would need referring to
This was from last week’s test
A low MCH (mean cell haemoglobin) value can indicate iron deficiency anemia. Iron is important for the production of haemoglobin. You have a below range haemoglobin level and extremely low ferritin level. All adds up to iron deficiency anaemia. I fail to understand why your referral was rejected. I would be inclined to kick up a stink if it was me, there are some very obvious red flags there which seem to be being ignored. I don't think this is a case of do-it-yourself.
Very interesting Tanks for this please I read Some where that is better to have less iron than more because of cancer cell someone can give more explanation ??, thanks you for feedback
I read Some where that is better to have less iron than more because of cancer cell someone can give more explanation ??
I don't know anything about that. If you make a new post to ask about this anyone who has any information will respond.
My call with the GP didn’t go as hoped but she has reluctantly agreed to send a referral back to endocrinology but said my levels don’t require anything else at present 🤷🏻♀️
I would be inclined to remind GP of NICE Clinical Knowledge Summary :
Serum ferritin level is the biochemical test, which most reliably correlates with relative total body iron stores. In all people, a serum ferritin level of less than 30 micrograms/L confirms the diagnosis of iron deficiency.
Have you had an iron panel testing serum iron, transferrin saturation percentage, TIBC along with Ferritin?