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Hi Jenny: Like you I also have very low ferritin. I just made a little chart for myself (and to review w/ the MDs) b/c I'm trying to see if there is a trend. My gyno today tells me she suspect hypothyroidism for me so we did the labs and we'll find out. How stable is the number supposed to be? I see some people say it's ideal to be at 1. Mine was 2.10 in 9/2007, 2.219 in 5/2009 and then in 3/2011 it elevated to 3.46. that's why she suspected it could be problematic, even tho it's within range.

My ferritin level has also gone down gradually. It ws 9 in 12/2009, 7 in 12/10, and 5 iin 3/2011!!! So I am not beginning to read the posts and learning alot from everyone's experiences here.

has anyone noticed any trend in their cholesterol levels? I did in mine. I've noticed that my good cholesterol has dropped and my bad has gone up, tho gradual.This concerns me but i don't know how to interpret the numbers, so I will bring that up on my next appt. It is strange b/c i have been eating oatmeal regularly for a good few years and to see my good cholesterol drop gradually, I wonder somehow if there is some sort of correlation ?
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?
Hi Jenny: The symptoms i have had the past few yrs is just fatigue, exhaustion, weakness (esp during 1st few days of period), windedness /brethlessness when climbing stairs or doing aerobic exercise (which i have avoided for a couple of yrs b/c it makes me very lightheaded and uncomfortable that i feel i may past out). The internist that i just started seeing told me he thinks the windedness may be related to sth else so we are still trying to figure things out. It may be related to my lung capacity or heart so I will do an echo test in a couple weeks.

My severe anemia was diagnosed 3.5 yrs ago altho i may have had it unbeknowst to me longer than that. I had 3 submucosal fibroids which were removed in 5/2009. Since then my hemaglobin and hematocrit has gotten better (pre surgery 8 -9) and now they are fluctuating within range/borderline/or lower than the range but not by too much. According to the gyno she tells me i'm no longer anemic , based on the hema /hematocrit numbers. So we are still searching for answers. She suspected i had hypothyrodism, however the labs for T3 and T4 were normal she said, altho my thyroid number escalated. Do you mind telling me what your numbers are/were? She wants me to consult my internist and then i will see her after that.
[QUOTE=Fitness Seeker;4760150]Hi Jenny: The symptoms i have had the past few yrs is just fatigue, exhaustion, weakness (esp during 1st few days of period), windedness /brethlessness when climbing stairs or doing aerobic exercise (which i have avoided for a couple of yrs b/c it makes me very lightheaded and uncomfortable that i feel i may past out). The internist that i just started seeing told me he thinks the windedness may be related to sth else so we are still trying to figure things out. It may be related to my lung capacity or heart so I will do an echo test in a couple weeks.

My severe anemia was diagnosed 3.5 yrs ago altho i may have had it unbeknowst to me longer than that. I had 3 submucosal fibroids which were removed in 5/2009. Since then my hemaglobin and hematocrit has gotten better (pre surgery 8 -9) and now they are fluctuating within range/borderline/or lower than the range but not by too much. According to the gyno she tells me i'm no longer anemic , based on the hema /hematocrit numbers. So we are still searching for answers. She suspected i had hypothyrodism, however the labs for T3 and T4 were normal she said, altho my thyroid number escalated. Do you mind telling me what your numbers are/were? She wants me to consult my internist and then i will see her after that.[/QUOTE]

Prior to thyroid meds my TSH was 9.98. More recent lab results are as follows:
TSH (.10-5.50): 3-1-11: 1.5
4-1-11: 1.3
5-2-11: 1.23

Free T4 (.8-1.7ng/dL)
3-1-11: 1.5
4-1-11: 1.3
5-2-11: 1.1

Free T3 (210-440)
3-1-11: 270
5-2-11: 270

Make sure that your Free T3 and Free T4 is also tested as well as your TSH. Just a T3 and T4 can be inaccurate, especially if you are taking certain medications, such as birth control pills. The Free T3 and T4 shows what is readily available for your body to use.





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