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I had my ferritin test (yes ONLY ferritin) yesterday. Doc called back this evening. Good news is that my ferritin seems to be on the rise. It has gone from a "5" to a "12". Doctor says that's great but, on average in HIS patient population, most "normal" people are between 50 and 70 (this he says is what most of the women he sees are at). So, I have a long way to go. He told me to just keep up what I'm doing and come back in 6 months.

So, I am doing two Spatone's a day plus one Flintstone's Chewable. Lame, I know, but it seems to be doing something.

Oh, and I cut back on my Prilosec. He wouldn't comment on that as he says there is no medical studies right now to back this up.

Christine
hi christine,
how long have you been taking the spatone and chewable? has it made any difference to how you feel?
[QUOTE=help wanted :(;3034572]hi christine,
how long have you been taking the spatone and chewable? has it made any difference to how you feel?[/QUOTE]


I started the Spatone (1 packet) back in late November. That one packet corrected my anemia; however, my ferritin was at 5. I continued to take the one packet of Spatone from January through April, when I had another test. Anemia was still gone (although my numbers were in the very low-normal range) and my ferritin was still at 5. So, I determined that one packet of Spatone was not enough. So in mid-April, I increased to 2 packets per day, plus added in a Flintstone's Chewable with iron. I waited approximately 7 weeks and had my blood retested (this past Thursday). So, I guess I would say a total of 7 weeks on the regimen. I don't think that's too shabby. I am going to try to work on taking more iron but I have to be careful as it can upset my stomach. I would like this ferritin to go up.

Now the million dollar question...do I feel better? Hmmmm...not really. I certainly feel better than I did back in the October-December timeframe. When I started the Spatone I did feel more energetic. But it has sort of levelled off.

The only thing I've really noticed is that I need more frequent hair cuts. I never really lost any hair during all this (as others report) but in the last 2-3 months, my hair is just growing so fast I feel like I've been at the salon TOO many times!
Christine--Good for you with your ferritin! I know how hard that is to get your numbers up.

I was wondering what kind of iron is it "Spatone packets":confused: that you said you take? Is it an RX? I have never heard of it. But I don't know much about the different kinds of iron either. I get the GI upset really bad and I'm looking for another kind to try before I get injections or something else. I don't know anymore. Do you have that problem and is the Spatone gentle or what ???

FLFLOWERGIRL:)
spatone Iron. I get it through a company called Sea-Bands. I think there are other ways to get it--just don't go through the UK sites as you will pay a lot.

Spatone is a liquid iron that is really just spring water. It is from a natural spring in Wales that happens to be very rich in iron. There is only 5 mg of iron in each packet. Not a lot, but it is supposedly highly absorbed because of whatever form it is. It has never given me a day of problem--even when I take two packets. Apparently, this is a very popular form of iron in Europe and many pregnant women use it to stave off anemia.

If I were you, I'd give it a try but realize that you are probably going to need at least two packets per day. Or you can do as I do and use it as a supplement with something else.
[QUOTE=ChristineVA;3035288]spatone Iron. I get it through a company called Sea-Bands. I think there are other ways to get it--just don't go through the UK sites as you will pay a lot.

Spatone is a liquid iron that is really just spring water. It is from a natural spring in Wales that happens to be very rich in iron. There is only 5 mg of iron in each packet. Not a lot, but it is supposedly highly absorbed because of whatever form it is. It has never given me a day of problem--even when I take two packets. Apparently, this is a very popular form of iron in Europe and many pregnant women use it to stave off anemia.

If I were you, I'd give it a try but realize that you are probably going to need at least two packets per day. Or you can do as I do and use it as a supplement with something else.[/QUOTE]
Christine--Thank you for your reply. It sounds like something that I may try myself. Maybe if I added it to the Poly Iron 150 that I take daily it would give me the boost that I need. I'm really meant to take 2 daily but GI issues are too bad. I will see if I can get some.

Thank you and I'm so pleased that you had such success. Just not to be anemic is GREAT and when my numbers were up I took it for granted. I feel like slip and slide. FLFLOWERGIRL





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