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I have been feeling awful for some time now. Low mood, no motivation, achy, have been unable to do my normal exercise which has led to significant weight gain, ridiculously tired. I feel like I have a mild flu ALL of the time. It is so frustrating! I used to be out everyday with the children. Now I go nowhere
Had some bloods done at last (couldn't even motivate myself to do that until now
Vitamin D not so good - 17 (<25 severely deficient, normal range 50-175)
Ferritin is fine according to doc - 20 (20-150)
B12 is great - 430 (250-725)
Hb was 12 which is ok.
Just wondering whether I should supplement with iron given that the ferritin is right at the bottom of the range? Also would low vit D really be making me feel this awful? I have googled but there is a lot of conflicting info.
Would be grateful for some thoughts from anyone who has experienced similar.
I have wondered about fibro too Mrs Jayy although the GP didn't suggest it. Just said the bloods would be the initial step. I guess maybe I need to sort the vit D and see from there. She was quite dismissive in general, didn't really think the low vit d would cause me to feel so awful yet didn't suggest any other investigations
I have a severe Vit D deficiency (test came back as 4, yep that's right 4) and am on high strength tablets daily for life now (10,000 miu).
I'm a classic red head who has to cover up fully in any sort of sun and use a high SPF. Before my deficiency was diagnosed I was told I had CFS, since being on the tablets nearly all of my symptoms have improved if not disappeared.
Your ferritin is very low and will be making you feel awful too. Do you have heavy periods or a restricted diet? I would definitely look at supplementing iron and aim to get the ferritin to a minimum of 70. You might have to try various iron supplements to find one that suits you as they can be quite unpleasant to take.
Definately need a high dose vit D and ferritin to get levels to optimum. Also keep an eye on thyroid levels as FT4 and FT3 are both low in range. Just worth noting the levels as if they drop much further, and TSH rises, it could indicate a decline in thyroid function.
OP, that ferritin needs to be at least mid range and preferably around 100 to be optimal, vitamin D around 100 also and vitamin B12 and folate towards the top of their reference ranges.
Also, although your TSH looks good, your FT4 is very low in range, and your FT3 could be higher, possibly because your vits and mins are low and possibly because your pituitary is not stimulating your thyroid as it should.
All this is fixable, but it requires an organised approach and some money bring thrown at it. This is where I was in 2010. I'm fine now.
my ferritin has climbed from 11 to 21 and i still feel pretty bad, so id definitely aim for 50. i dont know my vitamin D levels but i take supplements. for vitamin D3 i use Solgar liquid drops 2500iu (you can buy on amazon) and they have really made a difference.
take your iron with vitamin C and dont drink tea around the time you take the supplement. also get some nice rare steak on your plate!
Thank you so much for all the responses, I really appreciate it!!!
Very interesting info. I do indeed have heavy periods. I don't have a restricted diet as such but don't really like red meat so tend to eat chicken and fish. Might try to do roast beef every week as thinking the kids eat the same as me so might be deficient too
That is interesting about the thyroid. There is a strong family history of thyroid problems so I have always wondered if I will get it so I guess it is worth getting it repeated in a while.
Thanks also for the advice about how to take the tablets. I am getting a prescription tomorrow for the vit d but not sure what dose it will be. Not giving me anything for iron, I have spatone in the cupboard that I have taken on and off, will get better about taking it and have a look at alternatives.
Queenie it is reassuring to hear you felt better after supplementation - 4 You must have felt awful! Thanks again everyone.
Your ferritin is definitely low, even though it's in the accepted range 'range', so that with your vit D deficiency will make you feel pretty awful. Get supplementing! I'm sure you will see a big improvement.