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I have 4 pages of blood test results, including a full hormone panel. My thyroid was within normal range. The T4 was optimal, TSH was moderate but well within normal range, and T3 was in range but just slightly high. The Levoxyl I was given for this "problem" (?) took about 6 weeks to make me sick to the point of calling 911 and going to the ER. The only 2 things flagged LOW were ferritin. (My carbon dioxide levels were flagged low, too, though I don't know if the 2 are related-- might explain why I often felt faint)
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Feeling weak/fainty would scare me, and trigger anxiety attacks. I'm wondering if I stopped feeling weak/fainty, would I panic? I don't think so.

The next time I see the doctor (a different one this time) I will ask about b12 testing.
[QUOTE=ElleDi;2956666]I have 4 pages of blood test results, including a full hormone panel. My thyroid was within normal range. The T4 was optimal, TSH was moderate but well within normal range, and T3 was in range but just slightly high. The Levoxyl I was given for this "problem" (?) took about 6 weeks to make me sick to the point of calling 911 and going to the ER. The only 2 things flagged LOW were ferritin. (My carbon dioxide levels were flagged low, too, though I don't know if the 2 are related-- might explain why I often felt faint)[/QUOTE]

What did the ER people say? I wonder why the dr gave you the levoxyl in the first place. Was your TSH above 3.0? That is the new standard. Was that free T3? If so, I would think that the levoxyl would produce more t3 and maybe put you out of range...too high. Were you feeling hyper symptoms?


[QUOTE=ElleDi;2956666]The next time I see the doctor (a different one this time) I will ask about b12 testing.[/QUOTE]

Since you are going to see a new dr, you will likely need "proof" that you need b12 shots. In this case, it is best not to supplement before you have the labs. You need a serum b12, and MMA for absolute diagnosis (check on the web)) it is the standard in the b12 literature. An elevated MMA will show b12 deficiency.

If you are going to an "alternative medicine" kinda dr, then just ask for b12 shots, after describing your symptoms (can't remember if you have neuropathy too).

If you have already been supplementing, your results will be skewed. You may have lots of b12 in your blood, raising the serum b12 and negative the MMA test. However, as I have read elsewhere, some people even if they have high blood serum b12, are not actually utilizing the b12, and do better with shots. In which case, most conservative practitioners will not treat you. I am having the same trouble. Then make sure you pick the right kind of dr who will give you a trial of b12 shots. I am still working on finding one:dizzy:





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