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Hi Tina,
Glad you are feeling better. Yes you need to rule out all possible cause of your low ferritin and hgb levels. Your period could be a cause, but also your thyroid. Your TSH should be below 3, that is the new standard. But you may need to be around 1 TSH from what I hear for you to feel really well. Have your cholesterol also checked. People who are hypo also have high cholesterol levels.
My hgb and ferritin was almost like your almost three years ago. I have since then been getting IV iron. I was given a shot, can't remember what to jump start my hgb the first time. Your hair lost can be caused by both thyroid and ferritin levels being low. Your ferritin should be around 70 for healthy hair. And yes, once all your levels are back to normal, your hair will grow back.
You may need to go to a gastrologist to make sure you do not have problems there. I had 15 ulcers caused by H-plyori bacteria which explained some of my blood lost. Also, I still get very heavy periods. All my doctors suggested that I get a hysterectomy. But I rather not do that unless it is the last resort. I am nearing menopause, but you are not even close by your age.
I do not know why most GP do not take ferritin levels seriously. They think as long as you are in the normal range, things are ok. But they are not if you are having symptoms.
Like is said, I have been battling low ferritin and thyroid problems for almost three years. So, if you need any advice about treatments, I can try to answer your questions. My hematologist tries to keep my ferritin level above 50 so that I do not become anemic.
If you could post your lab results with the labs ranges, that way others can give you more informations.
Sorry that I can not anwer your question about your meds. I do know lots of people get better results on Armor than Synthyroid. Do you have Hasimato's thyroid diease. You should know by your TPO test results.
Hang in there, the road to recovery will be long.





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