My doctor just called me with my blood work results- that was fast, I only had my blood drawn yesterday. Anywho. Here they are:
T3: 100 range: 76-181
T4 Free: .8 range: .8-1.8
TSH: 4.13 range: .4-4.5
autoimmune antibodies: positive for one and negative for the other, but not sure which.
Total Iron: 31 range: 40-175
% Iron: 8% range: 15-50%
Ferritin: 10 range: 10-154
Good news -> TSH decreased from 5.29 in 11/2009 to 4.13 yesterday. This means NO THYROID MEDICATION, for now anyway. She still wants to monitor it every year at my physical. Not sure what helped with the decrease. I switched back to iodized salt to increase my iodine intake. I've restarted my exercise regime. I'm so happy about not needing thyroid meds that I almost don't want to question it.
Not as good news -> Total iron decreased from 55 in 11/2009 to 31 yesterday, % iron decreased from 14% in 11/2009 to 8% yesterday, & Ferritin decreased from 15 in 11/2009 to 10 yesterday. **NOTE: I had my blood drawn during my TOM. I expected my iron counts to be low, but I wasn't expecting the dip. This is especially because I've been taking my multi-vitamin every day and my prescription-strength iron supplement at least 3 days/week.
My treatment plan will be to take the prescription-strength iron supplement daily. The doctor believes that the extra iron will help with my energy level & my workouts will benefit. Week 1, I will take it 3-4 times/week. Week 2, I will take it 4-5 times/week. I'll keep adding on one pill daily per week until I am taking an iron supplement every day. In about 12 weeks, I'll go back and have my iron level re-evaluated.
A mixed bag, but I can live with it.
And, before I forget, today marks my
from my recommitment date on 1/2/10. This month has gone a far cry better than my first month on Spark when I originally joined August 2008.
to everyone who has stopped by my SparkPage or blogs to offer support or encouragement!
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