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Apologies in advance here I usually read a lot of these boards before I ask neophyte questions .... I have a test for tomorrow AM, and wondered if I should add B12 to it.

I'm male, Hypothyroid, on T4/Armour, suspected adrenal fatigue, not on Cortef yet, all the obvious symptoms.

Looking back at my labs over the past couple of years, I just noticed that my Ferritin has been low.


2/2004:
Iron 124 mcg/dl ( 35 140 )
Ferritin 64 ng/dl ( 22 322 )
Phosphorus 2.8 mg/dl ( 2.5 4.5 )
WBC 7.5 k/mcl ( 4.0 11.0 )
RBC etc. well in ranges

11/2004:
Iron 143 mcg/dl ( 35 185 )
Phosphorus 2.6 mg/dl ( 2.5 4.5 )
Ferritin 46 ng/ml ( 22 322)
WBC 6.2 k/mcl ( 4.0 11.0 )
RBC etc. well in ranges

3/2005:
Iron 62 ug/ml ( 55 165 )
TIBC 310 ug/dl ( 250 400 )
% Iron Saturation 20.0 % ( 15.0 45.0 )
Ferritin 88.0 ng/ml ( 25.0 350.0 )
Transferrin 234 mg/dl ( 175 350 )
B-12 486 ng/ml ( 223 1132 )
Folic Acid (Polate) 10.3 ng/ml ( 3.1 12.4 )
Phosphorus 3.8 mg/dl ( 2.1 6.8 )
WBC 4.8 10^3 ( 5.0 10.0 )
RBC etc. well in ranges

3/2005 (different test):
Iron 98 mcg/dl (35 185 )
Ferritin 33 ng/ml ( 22 322 )
Phosphorus 2.6 mg/dl ( 2.5 4.5 )
WBC 6.1 k/mcl ( 4.0 11.0 )
RBC etc. well in ranges

3/2006:
Iron 106 mcg/dl (35 185 )
Ferritin 45 ng/ml ( 22 322 )
Phosphorus 2.4 mg/dl ( 2.5 4.5 )
WBC 5.7 k/mcl ( 4.0 11.0 )
RBC etc. well in ranges

6/2007:
Iron 98 ug/dl (40 155 )
Ferritin 35 ng/ml ( 22 322 )
Phosphorus 2.2 mg/dl ( 2.5 4.5 )
WBC 6.9 x10E6/ul ( 4.0 11.0 )
RBC etc. well in ranges

Being male, I never thought much about the Ferritin. But that is anemic-ly low, even for a male, right? Now I'm reading that low phosphorus can cause anemia too.

So, one of my tests this month has to be repeated. I'm thinking about adding a B-12 test to that. Does that make sense? Any preparation (avoid supplements for example)?

And, what causes low phosphorus?





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