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I saw your other post on the thyroid board as well - and they had some sound advice with the tests to have ordered (TSH, Free T3 and Free T4) but they were also correct in that your numbers here are getting pretty low, and since Hypothyroid can also cause you to at times have very heavy periods, and can interfere with different types of normal absorption within the body (this is what was going on with me), you could find that your numbers start to drop rather quick with your ferritin so low.

I had this same type of situation where I was at 9.9 for HGB and a Ferritin of 4, and within [B]2 weeks[/B] dropped to HGB of 7.8 and Ferritin of 2 - which required a blood transfusion. Oral iron can take 6 weeks to really make a difference, and if you have anything impeding the normal processing of that it could be much longer. I would definitely have another conversation with the GP to push the thyroid tests and also to discuss either getting to a Hematologist or the possibility of a course of IV Iron Infusions to avoid the need for a blood transfusion.
Thanks for that
I have just got off the phone to the nurse from my surgery who after i told her my symptoms said she would do a blood test for thyroid and celiac.
Blood loss during my periods are quite heavy but only for 2 days then gone by day 4 so i dont think this is the problem. my diet is fine i eat meat every day fruit and vegetables so prob not due to this.

I think i must have been anaemic for a long time for my ferritin levels to be this low. im not sure that they will offer me a iron infusion just oral ferrus sulphate

Just a thought but Does the epstein barr virus have anything to do with anaemia later in life as i had glandular fever when i was 16?

Have your levels gone up now? do you still have any probs?

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