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[QUOTE=Nehemia]I am not really having any side effects from the iron--I don't think. I believe the dizziness, weakness, etc...to be from the anemia, or at least from what I have read that is what I have been led to believe.

What kinds of questions do you think I need to ask the dr. based on what I have shared with you? Should I ask him about testing for PA, or anything else? I am trying to educate myself and have read lots on the internet, but it's not like talking one on one and asking specific questions. I am a 46 yr. old female, have a multinodular goiter/hypothyroidism and take Synthroid (have for 23 yrs). Other than that, I consider myself to be healthy, although I've felt like heck for a month now.

Thanks so much. Nehemia[/QUOTE]If you are still getting your period, you need to have him evaluate whether or not that is the cause of your low blood counts or anemia.The thyroid test should be evaluated more extensively in case it is the thyroid medication that is not exactly the right dose. Also check to make sure the medication is as potent as it claims it is. With industry trying to make a buck, there have been some bogus precriptions out there where the quality of the medication has been inconsistent. As for the iron problems, have the doctor to evaluate the type of iron you are taking as to whether is the right kind for you. There are many forms of iron on the market. Some people can not utilize one and is ok with another kind. The only way the doctor will know that your B-12 or folate are too low is to test it.
[QUOTE=Marimac]If you are still getting your period, you need to have him evaluate whether or not that is the cause of your low blood counts or anemia.The thyroid test should be evaluated more extensively in case it is the thyroid medication that is not exactly the right dose. Also check to make sure the medication is as potent as it claims it is. With industry trying to make a buck, there have been some bogus precriptions out there where the quality of the medication has been inconsistent. As for the iron problems, have the doctor to evaluate the type of iron you are taking as to whether is the right kind for you. There are many forms of iron on the market. Some people can not utilize one and is ok with another kind. The only way the doctor will know that your B-12 or folate are too low is to test it.[/QUOTE]

I really think my low iron is due to my period difficulties. A year ago, I hemorrhaged, was put in the hospital due to dehydration and lost three units of blood. I don't think my blood has ever fully recovered from that episode, plus I have had some heavy periods since then.

I will ask the dr. if he checked my B-12/folate and if not, will request that he do so. Anything else that I should ask him to do?

I appreciate all your help. You are very knowledgeable.





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