Thank you for the in-depth, informative response. I honestly was not expecting this!
I can try and get my labs on Thursday from my TRT doc. I have some at home somewhere, but I am not there at the moment and my last batch went missing somehow.
Before TRT is was never brought up as an issue. I don’t know if it was ever checked though, to be honest. I’ll have to see if my doc has bloodwork from a long, long time ago before TRT. I may have that laying around as well. I saw a Chiro years ago that ran bloodwork that seemingly covered everything under the sun and then some.
Yeah, the Ferritin is quite concerning to me. I went to the Hematologist and she wanted me to cease the TRT or to do every other week and take iron infusions on the off week. My TRT doc was not having that, especially since my dose isn’t exactly high at 110mg. So for now my TRT doc said to take an oral supplement. I see the Hematologist this Friday.
I saw a GI last year about the low Ferritin. He ran an at home Stool Test (not sure of the correct name, but I basically use a stick to rub fecal matter on this little areas, seal it up, and sent it into him) that came back negative on blood. He also did an Endoscopy and Colonoscopy, the former showing some minor erosion and the latter being completely clear. He just said to take some over the counter anti-reflux meds, which I take sometimes before bed. By that time my Ferritin climbed up a bit. I didn’t even give it a second thought.
When I had a wide array of bloodwork a month ago is when the issue arose once again. That’s what prompted the Hematologist appointment.
One thing my TRT doc (they’re actually PAs that work under a doctor) states is that it could be my sleep apnea. I was diagnosed and have a CPAP machine. The mask isn’t exactly comfortable, but I do use it to the best of my ability. I usually wake up with it off. I did call the CPAP distributor today and asked them to send me a different mask that may be more comfortable, so we’ll see what happens with that.
I am unsure of any digestive issues. I mean, I get some reflux from time to time, but it isn’t chronic. I’ve tried supplements for gut health in the past, but it seemed like a waste of money. Probiotics were my go-to, but with all of the other supplements it was a ton of money to keep up with everything. This is especially true when I’d read often times how they do not even do much of anything, since they seemingly get destroyed in the stomach.
When I get home I am going to take a baby aspirin. I take Fish Oil daily usually, so I will continue to take this at night. I drink a lot of water and am ensuring of this as well.
I will look into the thyroid basics sticky. Can iodine deficiency be found via bloodwork? I am from the USA, but I don’t eat much dairy or bread.
Once again, thank you for the informative and fast response. I will try and get those labs this week and post them.