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Osteo--Thanks for asking, my son is doing very well. He is up to yearly scans now with no changes:). I hope and pray that there are never any changes!

What a thyroid story! Sounds like you did have torture treatment OMG. If you have the thyroid removed, then you won't have any of the problems with the Hashi's ~ocilating TSH~ right? What a relief that would be! But then you have to take high dose synthroid, right or is that just with CA? Do they want to take the gland out if there is risk or leave it in, wait and see approach? I have not had nodules yet, and I hope I never do, but isn't that a common part of Hashi's? Was your nodule considered large? I have only had an US at the time of DX, should I be getting one annually or at all?

As for raising the Ferritin, (high dose iron comes to mind) this is a fully loaded question. I have tried everything just about. It really depends on your particular body and it's rate of absorption. Some of us have problems with malabsorption on top of it all, which makes it much harder. I don't really eat much meat and never have. I'm sure that this contributes to my problem. I have recently tried to eat small amounts (you only need 3 oz, 3x weekly) different types of meats and add 500mgs of Vit-C with the iron loaded main meals for an increased absorption. This is something that you can do along with your iron supplement. So, you shoot for the highest absorption rate of iron supplements, iron rich foods with good food combinations to enhance absorption and I think that small snacks (high in iron), without any other foods may also help. As you know, meat is the highest rate of absorption, but when eating meat if you add 75mgs of Vit C it can increase the absorption rate of heme iron 6 fold. So, this is where I am at and what I am also working on. I will see in a couple of weeks if this is working for me. It's imperative that when having a problem retaining iron that you stay on supplements for the duration. And no, I am not in meno, I am peri and AT 47 yrs. old. I do not wish for menopause or the problems that the combination of Hashi's will present. What ARE the complications of the two? If you don't mind answering.

What do your docs think is the reason for your low ferritin? My doctor's first thought heavy cycles, so I fixed that, then I remained on 300mgs of iron until I hit a 20 ferritin, then went to 150daily and I have only increased to 41 in 2 yrs total. Now the GI says it is malabsorption from long term PPI's? It could be anything at this point right? FLFLOWERGIRL:)

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