Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Iron levels okay, now!

My PCP says my iron levels are back up to acceptable levels and my ferritin levels are rising. I'm thankful  it happened faster than I thought it would. It's been a little over a month that I have been taking prescription iron (ferrous gluconate 324mg) 1 X a day in addition to my raw/vegan iron gel caps (from Vitamin Code) and my other over the counter iron supplements. I had brought in my vitamins/supplements I was taking to show my doctor and he said these are all good--keep doing what you're doing and also take this prescription. I started feeling more energy in about a week although I hadn't realized I was feeling tired and less motivated. I had to stop all vitamins & supplements to prepare for the colonoscopy and upper endoscopy and then four days after the procedure I had a fasting lab. In spite of all that my levels of iron/ferritin have improved.

Low iron levels are tricky and can sneak up on you. In fact, most people don't realize they are low on iron until it's too late. I'm lucky my doctor is a firm believer in what the blood says. Also I've been given a clean bill of health regarding the upper endoscopy and the colonoscopy.

I hope everyone is doing well and is staying healthy!!! Thanks for listening! Julie