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First of all, when you look at the large range of what's "allowable" for ferritin, you will note that the difference between 12 and 15 is probably insignificant on this type of test. Heck, you might see that type of difference going to two different labs on the same day. I know that my ferritin measures lower when I use Labcorp versus using Quest.

Anyway, I understand that a downward trend is NOT what you want to see.

It could be that you are really remaining stable. I will tell you that 18 mg of iron is NOTHING when you have a very low ferritin. You need to try a higher dose. A Flintstones chewable for children has 18 mg of iron. That is usually the bare minimum in an iron-containing supplement. Trying taking two of your tablets per day. If you can tolerate that, take 3 and space them out. People with low ferritin numbers are generally on a much higher dose than you.

And, to answer your other question, yes, there could be more going on than the H. Pylori but I wouldn't jump to that conclusion yet until you take more iron. If that doesn't fix it, then you should consider further testing.
I'm in agreement with the others, a higher dosage of iron is required. What you have been on is extremely low. If you do go to a higher dosage take care to build up the dosage in stages, otherwise it will be difficult for your system to tolerate. I was on 130mg and my doctor also had me on Lysine to help speed up the process. If a higher dosage gives you irritable bowel symptoms then that is easily corrected by also taking iron phosphate tablets.... no tummy dramas then.





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