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Previously had low ferritin down to 2 in 2013, since been on

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Hi, previously had low ferritin down to 2 in 2013, since been on iron and started b12 following receommendation and vitamin c to help absorption, last blood results showed hemoglobin at 14.4, folate 11.6, ferritin 133, b12 1036 . Now awaiting further blood tests to check thyroid, c-reactive protein, renal profile and blood glucose. I'm generally tired, I can't exercise much as I'm soon wiped out, I'm 5'4" and 160lbs, I aim to try and walk 10,000 steps a day, eat plenty of fruit veg, fish and meat, drink plenty of water , i do not smoke, i do not drink, i do not have monthyl periods since starting on cerelle contraceptive pill. I have had thyroid etc blood tests previously but they all came back negative. What would you be looking at?
JA: How long have you been dealing with this issue? Are you in any pain?
Customer: Ferritin was at 3 back in 2013, I'm not in any pain only muscles get unusually sore after exercise, I'm having slight visual disturbances and my ears are constantly blocked which I've been prescriben 'dymista' for 3 months to try and unblock my eustachian tubes.
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: I was told I have cough variant asthma, but when I get my ''coughing fits'' peak flow decreases from say 450 down to 390
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Customer: Also previously had very painful periods and one doc told me I had PCOS - no tests or exams
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.


what is your exact TSH value on the thyroid tests?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thanks for your reply, I don't get the thyroid, c-reactive, renal and glucose bloods drawn until monday 27/6/16 and I don't know what they were previously, sorry.
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.

They are probably not negative.

Guidelines have changes.

Most doctors think TSH is normal up to 4.5

But higher than 2.5 can be hypothyroid.

You need to know the exact values.

If your iron is normal, this is not it.

I think it is thyroid.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Although I have not had bloods taken yet, I do have an unexplained cough, I do not have a cold and it is not hayfever, it's chesty sounding, but the dr listened to my chest and it was clear, would thyroid cause this?
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.


that would more likely be viral

Or, if chronic, acid reflux.

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