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[QUOTE=wnorm;5465652]Your serum Ferritin is quite high. Your other parameters seem OK. Has your doctor suggested adjusting (titrating) your iron dosage after this last blood test result. I am 64. Prior to menopause, my serum ferritin was 18. I had a lot of ovarian cyst related issues. I would recheck the iron panel every 2 weeks and then titrate the supplement dosage. This eventially stabilized. Recently, my serum ferritin dropped to 22 after multiple colorectal and orthopedic surgeries. By the time it was addressed I had lost about 50% of my hair. My whole ironpanel was wacked out. I am taking Feramax, a powdered iron/polysaccharide product. It ws recommended by my pharmacist. I live in Montreal, Quebec and find I get the best advice from the pharmacyst. My GP is not helpfull. I just had colorectal surgery on Aug 3. I discussed the serun ferritin value, now 116, and was told to continue supplementing for at least another 6 months.I am taking a dose equivalent to 60 mg of elemental iron once daily.By the way, this advice was from my anaesthesiologist. What province are you in? If it's Quebec, good luck. I had to basically "doctor"an old blood test requisition, bring it to the test centre, then try to obtain a copy of the results, ask my GP for a prescription for iron (which he wouldn't give me),
get the advice of the pharmacist, and then retest the iron panel. What an ordeal.
Don't allow your ferritin to get too high. It could cause thyroid issues, etc.[/QUOTE]

Thanks wnorn,

I'm in Montreal too. I pay a private lab for my Iron panel. My problem is that I'm totally hypothyroid. If your iron is too low or too high your thyroid doesn't work. To get my ferritin down I'll have to donate blood probably a few times to get it into range. My MD's completely ignore this too. My husband is the opposite he has ferritin at the bottom of range and he is hypothyroid as well. So he suffers low iron symptoms and hypothyroidism as well.
[QUOTE=ratbagg;5465879]Thanks wnorn,

I'm in Montreal too. I pay a private lab for my Iron panel. My problem is that I'm totally hypothyroid. If your iron is too low or too high your thyroid doesn't work. To get my ferritin down I'll have to donate blood probably a few times to get it into range. My MD's completely ignore this too. My husband is the opposite he has ferritin at the bottom of range and he is hypothyroid as well. So he suffers low iron symptoms and hypothyroidism as well.[/QUOTE]


Sorry I took so long to respond. I thought a lot about your question.Since we are both in medical limbo in Quebec, I guess we will have to play doctor or move to Ontario. I'm still upset that I had to undergo years of absolute exhaustion, hair loss, etc. until I bit the bullet and submitted my own ersatz blood test request.
Tell me, why can't you take your blood test prescription to a hospital instead of privately? Some hospitals are quicker than others to do the tests.Mount Sinai Hospital is great. You just have to call 4eception and book your appointment. Theyare usually ~ 7:30 - 9:30 am Mon -Fri. Just check first.Then you can just contact your gp for the results. Why are you still taking iron? I don't understand.





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