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I've been having hair loss and intestinal issues for years, along with a bunch of other symptoms. I'm always cold and always tired. I've had my thyroid tested by 3 or 4 different doctors in the past 4 years, and it always comes back fine. In the past few months I've also had some dizziness, more tiredness, memory problems, and difficulty concentrating. I went to my GP and these are the tests she ran:

Blood Cell Counts:
Hemoglobin: 14.3 (normal male14-18 / normal female 12-16)

Hematocrit: 40.6 (normal male 42-52 / normal female 37-47)
White Blood Count (for fighting infection): 6.7 (normal 4.0 - 10.0)
Platelet count: 270 (normal 150 - 450)

Nutrition Levels:
B12: 385 (normal 180 - 914)

Iron (serum) 110 (normal for men 50 - 160 / normal for women 40 - 160)
TRFN: 293 (normal men 178 - 312 / normal women 175 - 351)
TIBCC: 410 (normal men 244 - 424 / normal women 236 - 476)
% sat FE: 27 (normal 20 - 50)
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Ferritin: 31.6 (normal 23-336)[/B]
Calcium: 9.6 (normal 8.7 - 10)
Protein: 7.2 (normal 6.2 - 8.6)

Electrolytes:
Sodium: 139 (normal 134 - 144)
Potassium: 4.2 (normal 3.5 - 5.0)
Chloride: 103 (normal 98 - 109)

Liver Function:
Bilirubin: 0.9 (normal 0.2 - 1.3)
SGPT: 17 (normal 10 - 60)
SGOT: 18 (normal 10 - 42)
Alkaline Phosphate: 45 (normal 38 - 126)

Kidney Function:
BUN: 5 (normal 6 - 20)

Creatinine: 0.92 (normal 0.50 - 1.40)

Diabetes Screen:
Blood Sugar (glucose): 89 (normal 70 - 110)

Thyroid Function:
TSH: 1.21 (normal 0.44 - 4.37)
Free T4 0.7 (normal 0.4 - 1.4)


She said all my labs were fine, but now I'm wondering about the low ferritin. My periods are extremely light nowadays, and I take a multivitamin with iron in it every day. On the day of the tests I was also taking an iron pill from the off days of my Loestrin 24.

Could the low ferritin have been causing the symptoms I've been experiencing even though it is within range? Should I see my GI doc about it or talk to my GP again?
Thanks for all the info. :) My symptoms all seemed to point to thyroid to me too, but it wasn't until the most recent tests that I actually asked for the results (and it took research to find out that she didn't run enough tests). My GP doesn't seem to know a whole lot about thyroid and I can't go see an endocrinologist at the practice until I'm diagnosed with something, so I think I'll have to find someone new. It's been very frustrating going from doctor to doctor with what seemed like unrelated symptoms and not getting much help.

I hope to find a new doctor that can give me more help than telling me everything is within range. In the mean time, I may try to add some iron and B-complex supplements, though I am already taking a multivitamin daily. You know, I've been on birth control pills for 10 years, and no one has ever told me I should be taking B vitamins with it! Thank you. Also, my birth control pill is Loestrin 24, which is supposed to have the lowest estrogen content of any of them. Still, it is something to keep in mind.





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