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Would you double check this with GP?

(7 Posts)
booox Fri 18-Nov-16 13:37:02

Since the birth of my son I've had difficulty maintaining my ferritin levels. Not hugely low but we found raising them over 70-80 helped a lot.

It went back down quite quickly when I stopped tablets and I started feeling unwell again so restarted.

I then started getting such terrible reactions to the iron that I was loosing weight so stopped, checked ferritin (76) and then checked a month later to see if it had dropped very much.

- It's 110 now - which is bloody amazing but puzzles me. I've had a relatively heavy period and I expected it to drop a bit but not rise; I've not taken iron at all. But, my gut is lots better and food not shooting through so could this be it? I stopped having milk for a while. Ive dropped my thyroxine a tiny smidge but not much!

An aunt has heamachromatosis (iron overload so v high ferritin) and my dad is a carrier of the gene.

Is it worth just double checking with GP? / wwyd? I'm being cautious as I've been so poorly with fatigue due to a range of reasons but don't want to 'fuss' and be the walking well!

booox Fri 18-Nov-16 13:37:50

I just phoned receptionist out of interest to get result. It's totally normal and really good I know.

OhYouBadBadKitten Fri 18-Nov-16 13:39:24

can I ask how you've been checking your ferritin levels, is it through the gp? (just a nosy question as I suspect mine is low at present, but it takes a month to see my gp)

NannyR Fri 18-Nov-16 13:40:17

I'm sure your gp will be in contact if he thinks there is anything to worry about.

booox Fri 18-Nov-16 13:51:44

Yes through GP. I had 'itchy bones' (very weird) and GP did say they aim for over 70 in the elderly (im 39 confused). I got very tired again when it crept down to 50 - which in most people is fine (though GP now refers to 70 as 'normal'.)

I only ask as the GP doesn't know about the heamachromatosis as it's quite a recent diagnosis in my relative; as immune was on the low side I'd not thought relevant!

But I think I'll just mention it next time I'm there. My aunt spent years suffering before anyone twigged.

slightlyinsane Sat 19-Nov-16 21:13:42

There's a few things that could have an impact, milk slows down the absorption of iron. So stopping that will have helped. Your stomach settling will have helped.
Dropping your thyroxine a bit will have helped.
Individually each one wouldn't of made a huge difference, combined they've obviously helped lots

booox Sun 20-Nov-16 07:08:25

Thanks slightly.

I'm surprised as it took two months of 400mg a day with vit c to raise it by that amount. This has been a month of nothing. And I've only dropped thyroxine by 50 a week (two 25 tablets). So hardly anything.

As I say I would be v impressed if it were not for the heamachromatosis niggle, but I don't know why that would suddenly start.

Quite amazed at the impact of no / limited milk.

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