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japlopper - i don't know what prednisone is or what it's used for. My problem is that my adrenals are not working correctly for what ever reason (whether it's stress related from the past or my thyroid) and who knows how long they haven't been working.

Now i have to take half a Cortisol tablet any time between 11am - 2pm, but not before or after. I don't think this is for life, maybe it's simply till they sort out my thyroid meds and so that they can get my pancreas doing it's job on it's own (am on enzymes to help digest protein).

Some nights i sleep ok, some i find it hard to get to sleep, other times i fall asleep ok but wake up too early and can't get back to sleep. I am seeing my doctor later today so will run everything by him.

FLFLOWERGIRL - Did you learn over time when you were hypo/hyper? as i hear people say they are going through these stages, yet i don't seem to be able to differentiate between the two at this stage. I've read the symptoms lists, but i have never fallen into either thyroid category.

With me the only things which seem to vary are tiredness (full of energy one day after really bad night of sleep and then i can get a good night of sleep and not feel the best next day). I think it will take more time to see what the med's will do. I believe i read it takes about 7 days for the meds to fully get into your system then another 2 - 3 weeks till you start seeing a difference.

Will be interesting to see where my iron is at as i haven't been taking the supplements every single day lately as there seems to be too much to take.

Your results should be up so much higher. It's exciting when they start climbing, but as usual takes a while to see big results.

all the best :)
Hiya Osteo :) The other board gets full up with posts way to quick and it becomes a tad difficult to locate people's posts on there. I sat up last night till late reading all 7 pages in one hit!!

It took me forever to get to 61 and at the start my iron moved at a snails pace. The iron supplements used to make me sick and give me IBS until he put me on iron phospate pills as well to combat the IBS. Then as the iron was moving way too slow i decided to get a series of iron injections in my rear. That shot my levels up, but it was a false high and at the end of it i only went from 20 something to about 35 (think i moved up 7 points). I was soooo upset as i thought the injections would work like magic and get me up into the 50's. My doc said the injections give a false high, but if you are having difficulty getting your figures up then the injections are a good idea to sort of kick start things.

I used to take a lysine tablet then my iron meds. The lysine is an amino acide which is supposed to help speed the transportation process of the iron through your system and it also helps rebuild hair follicles (or some such thing). Then my doc got me onto a better formula of iron supplement which had the lysine, B vitamins and a heap of other stuff all in the iron powder. (he has a chemist who formulates all this stuff specifically for his practices). It was strong stuff and eventually got my levels up.

So in one doctors visit i was told my ferretin was 61..... BUT..... you have just been diagnosed with hashimoto's and your gluten tolerance isn't the best. Great.

Then he sends me to this new doc at the university who after testing says "your pancreas is not working properly, your adrenals are stuffed, your estrogen is over double what it should be..........can the list get any longer.

I temporarily forgot all about my iron and was very depressed about all these other issues for a good 2 weeks. I was crying daily and feeling awfully sorry for myself. I just felt that i had suffered enough with other things which had occurred in my life and now i get all of this. OK, it's not the end of the world, but i just felt so overwhelmed. Then to top it off i have all these people who think i look healthy. Even the naturopath couldn't believe it all and said nobody would think i had all these things going on b/c to them i look "glowing". Admittedly i do get the odd person who thinks i look like i've had the life sucked out of me. Maybe it all depends if i'm on a good or a bad day.

Oh well, guess that's Hashi's for you. I'm more positive now and some of the meds seem to have kicked in so will simply play things by ear.

As for the iron, i think a higher dosage is the way to go and to take it religiously every single day. Also you need to be aware that certain foods/beverages will inhibit the absorbtion. I was also making fresh fruit juices with the main ingredient being beetroot, which is good for the blood and good for your iodine levels which means good for the thyroid.

Where are you levels up to now? The main things is not to give up. Take care :)
AudreyB-My ferritin level probably dropped because my dose was lowered to just 18mg. The doc thought I had gone far enough. I was in the 50's and with the thyroid being difficult to stabilize and liver enzymes going up(though probably was a little hyper then), I think he wanted the iron supplements out of the picture. So--probably ferritin down due to lowered dose, and I think because of hypo, the ability to absorb nutrients is compromised-no one has said that to me though. But, I read about low ferritin being somewhat common with hypo and I believe that they did talk about certain enzymes not being what they should be. Wish I could find that info again. Sometimes you just get tired of searching and reading and you have just had enough for awhile.
ps-You are so right about this board being like the comfy old slipper that you don't want to throw out. :)

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