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Old 05-04-2011, 04:19 PM   #1
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I have Hashimotos Thyroiditis and have been taking thyroid meds since January 2011. My Ferritin level was tested as well and was low, 6. Normal is 22-289. After one month of taking a liquid iron supplement it went up to 11, still low. Is there a relation between having hypothyroidism and a low ferritin level? Does the thyroid medication cause the ferritin level to drop? I also take the birth control pill. Can this effect my ferritin level?

 
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Re: Can Hypothyroidism Cause Low Ferritin Level?

Hypothyroidism/improperly treated hypothyroidism can cause low ferritin levels.

Do you have any recent thyroid labs to share? FreeT4, FreeT3 and TSH?

This will help us determine if your levels have been optimized....if they haven't, a dose adjustment could very well help.

Please be sure to post the ranges since they vary from lab to lab.
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Re: Can Hypothyroidism Cause Low Ferritin Level?

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Hypothyroidism/improperly treated hypothyroidism can cause low ferritin levels.

Do you have any recent thyroid labs to share? FreeT4, FreeT3 and TSH?

This will help us determine if your levels have been optimized....if they haven't, a dose adjustment could very well help.

Please be sure to post the ranges since they vary from lab to lab.
Sammy64, thanks for your reply. I posted this question within another one of my posts just today. It was the post asking about my Free T4 level dropping when adding Liothyronine (T3).

Wow, I didn't know that an improperly treated thyroid could cause low Ferritin level. When I was 4 I started taking Synthroid and took it until I was 18. I never had any symptoms at all the entire time and was eventually weaned off of the Synthroid and told that I would always have just a slightly enlarged thyroid. I am 42 now and just started having symptoms of fatigue and achiness so I asked my MD to test my thyroid levels. Maybe being untreated for years and years caused my ferritin level to drop so low?

Here are blood test results I am still waiting on the most recent Free T3):
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

 
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Re: Can Hypothyroidism Cause Low Ferritin Level?

Since I already posted on your thread about your thyroid levels in regards to your T3, I won't repeat it here.

There are a host of conditions and diseases that can occur as a result of untreated/improperly treated hypothyroidism.

I've found that, when I was dealing with symptoms, a Google search almost always showed that symptom associated with hypothyroidism. A dose increase always took care of things.

In light of this experience, when a person shares a situation of concern, I'll Google the situation (blood work results, etc) and hypothyroidism and invariably find a connection.

Low ferritin and hypothyroidism is a very common combination.

When you think about the fact that hypothyroidism means the body is moving in slow-motion, this means there can be absorption issues.
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