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I have recently been treated for hypothyroidism after years of symptoms doctors missed, including extreme fatigue. After thyroid hormone treatment, much of my anxiety dissipated, but the fatigue remains. So, I revisited my medical records and saw that a recent [B]FERRITIN value was 18[/B], and [B]SERUM B12 was 267[/B]. My grandmother, father and sister both have been diagnosed as b12 deficient, but my level is apparently not low enough. I asked my Dr. about the b12 and esp the ferritin and was told specifically NOT to supplement with iron.

I have read some medical literature on b12 and ferritin, but am somewhat confused because of the differing opinions on minimum values. I understand that from a strictly clinical standpoint, my levels are not considered anemic, however, I am looking to find what ferritin and b12 levels have been found to be optimum from people who have actually experienced anemia and recovered from it or low ferrtin, B12.

I have read that I should aim for 30-50 ferritin, and over 400 b12, but since there is no consensus, I am seeking opinions here.

Any suggestions welcome!
Hi. Thanks for all the information. My last ferritin was 11 according to the last hematologist I saw. He never did show me any lab results on paper. This was before April 9, when I had the 2 hr. infusion of Infed. This doctor never did a ferritin test since, or any other iron levels. I felt okay for a couple of weeks, then I started going downhill pretty fast. I have been to the ER twice in the past week. I thought the sypmtoms were iron related, extreme dizziness, fatigue, brain fog. But also I've had really bad balance issues for the past few days and almost collapsed completely. Those I think are thyroid related. According to the last blood test I had, CBC, my hemaglobin is down to 11.6, and my RBC is down to 3.86. Those levels shouldn't be causing my discomfort, according to my doctors. But they did test my thyroid and my TSH was 11.8, which I now know is pretty high. My T3 was 8.2 back in January, and T4 was 40 back then, also high. The ER doctor started me off with a prescription of Synthroid, .075 mgs. I hope to get the TSH down to 1, so I could rule the thyroid issue out if I don't feel better at that level. I've read several places where 1.0 is the level people feel better. But I'm still waiting for my ferritin results from my last doctor.





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