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Hi Diamond - i agree with FLFLOWERGIRL, it can take a loooooong time. It took me a whole year to get from 8 to 29, then 3 months after that i dropped to 26, then had iron injections and went up to 35 and now i'm at 61 and i've got my eye on 100. This whole process has taken 2yrs so you have to be patient.

It can take a while to build iron stores either due to the iron you are on is too low a dose or simply b/c any iron stores you get go firstly to areas like your bone marrow and muscles. You energy levels and your hair get what's left over.......if there is any left over.

Are you taking Lysine tablets? Lysine helps speed the delivery of iron throughout the body, helps rebuild hair shaft structure as it's one of the essential amino acids we need. You can get it through some foods, but then other foods which are high in arginine kill off the lysine. In rare cases people may have experienced a side effect, but i wont mention names :D

You have to be careful with long term low iron levels as it can affect your thyroid. In my case my thyroid was a bit out and we believed it was a matter of simply raising my ferretin, but after a fresh blood test it has been found that i do have some sort of a thyroid condition. At this stage they think it's Hashimoto's, but a few more tests are required to eliminate certain other thyroid conditions. I think i've had a thyroid issue for a number of years now, but the basic thyroid tests performed never picked up on it. So just take care that all other things are eliminated and also that other key things like your vitamin D, zinc, iodine, selenium etc are at the required level as often when levels take a while to go up it might be due to something else not being right or possibly lacking.

All the best and most definitely keep us posted on your progress :)

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