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Jenny--- I do not have all the answers to your questions. But I do have some thoughts and experiences to share. And, as you know from the thyroid board--I too have hypothyroid, have had low ferritin and also low vitamin d. And, when all those 3 things came on together , I felt awful. Today, I feel so much better and I think getting better takes working on all 3 conditions. I also think it is near impossible to tease out which symptoms are attributed to which deficiency as the symptoms so often overlap. I think it is just best to get started on a multi-pronged approach.

That being said...your ferritin is really low. I am sure that others on this board would agree . And, it will take some time to get your level up. And there is the question to what level? Some say at least 50. But, having spent sometime on this board , I think most of us want a ferritin of at least 75 if not higher.

It is truly a long slow process to get your levels up...for most of us who have been at the ferritin project it can take a year or two. There are different forms of iron . Personally I had a great deal of stomach upset with any of the ferrous formulas. So, I kept searching. I made great strides with proferrin and it doesn't make me ill . My ferritin is now around 60 but I want to get it higher so I am taking a low dose of proferrin daily and have had to adjust my thyroid meds accordingly.

As to your vitamin d--try to get that around 45ng/ml or higher. I would go for at least 50ng/ml on the vit d.

Anyway...you have your work cut out for you.

Just a final thought and this should actually have been the first point...did your dr. rule out other causes for your low ferritin? Generally before going to supplemental iron , a dr. should rule out other causes of low ferritin.
Azuree
Fitness Seeker, yes most people with hypothyroidism do feel better with their TSH in the lower end of normal. Also, it is very common for those with hypothyroidism to have high cholesterol. I just started thyroid meds in January of this year and found out that my cholesterol is much higher than I thought it would be. It was 198, still normal, but with how healthy I have been eating over the past two years I was really expecting to see a much, much better number. My endocrinologist said that once I get my thyroid under control that my cholesterol level will get better. I started taking an iron supplement after finding out that my ferritin was 6 and 1 1/2 months later it went up to 11. It takes awhile to get the ferritin level back up.
What types of symptoms are you having with your ferritin that low?





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