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Low Ferritin & Copper Levels

Discussion in 'Ask For Help or Advice' started by Milan555, Dec 6, 2018.

  1. Milan555

    Milan555 New Member

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    For the past year, I've been trying my best to pinpoint the cause of my fatigue, lethargy, brain fog, and low libido. I have a few suspicions and I wanted to get some input.

    Last year I was on and off supplementing anywhere from 35-55mg Zinc Picolinate per day without any copper alongside it. At some time late last year, I noticed I was much more fatigued than usual and I couldn't figure out why. Not a whole lot changed last year except taking zinc in high dosages. And I noticed fatigue hit later that year all of a sudden.

    My doctor and myself have tested a wide range of things including ferritin, iron, thyroid, copper, vitamin D, B12, sleep apnea.

    My current ferritin is at 50 in a range of about 20-300. Ferritin was actually down at 19 (right below normal range) before I started supplementing with iron 28mg/day. I dont know how to explain such a low ferritin.
    Copper serum is 80 in a range of 72 - 144.
    I am about to test Ceruloplasmin today, so I'll have the result in a couple days.
    TSH - 1.25 (range of 0.5 - 4ish)
    Free T3 - midrange
    Free T4 - slight above midrange
    Testosterone - midrange
    Sleep apnea - no apnea present

    I'm experiencing a lot of lethargy, fatigue, brain fog, poor libido, and lack of motivation to move. No matter how much sleep I get, its the same. I wake up feeling like I need more sleep, my eyes feel tired, and I become entirely useless by evening due to the lack of energy.

    It intuitively feels like there is a lack of dopamine in me. I feel almost like a depressed person would without ACTUALLY being sad/depressed if that make sense. I feel like a zombie, for the most part. I still have interest in lot of things, but I'm behind severely inhibited by this fatigue.

    Any tips about your own experience would help me out a lot. I've spent hundreds of dollars already in testing trying to pinpoint my issue. I hope it is as simple as a nutrient or mineral deficiency. Thank you!
     
  2. dbh25

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    What was your Zinc level?
     
  3. Lynne

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    I wouldn't take iron, copper supps without listening to Thomas E Levy MD JD (eg ). According to him, nobody should take copper or calcium supps and, unless you're diagnosed with iron deficient anemia, nobody should ever take iron. He says a ferritin level of 15-20 is ideal, up to 25 ok and over 30 is too much. So by that measure your previous level of 19 was good. He's not the only person talking about the dangers of excess iron. I wish I'd known this then I was prescribed a ferritin supp years ago (mine was 19 too) as taking it caused me some greater peoblems with mineral balance and a consequent domino effect with other health problems. I doubt very much that your symptoms are caused by low Iron, They sound like the symptoms I had that I took iron to correct and, while my ferretin level went up a bit, it had no effect on the symptoms.
     
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