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It is very hard to put a timeframe on recovery of iron deficiency. It depends on so many factors for each person.

For instance, what is causing your iron deficiency? Is it heavy periods? If so, taking iron supplements all day long may not help much if you cannot get the bleeding under control.

Is the iron deficiency caused my malabsorption? If so, the iron supplements might not help much if you can't absorb the supplements well either?

Is the iron deficiency caused by poor diet? If that is the case, then the iron supplements might help you very quickly.

My friend found out she was deficient and just took two Feosols and day. Within two months, her ferritin went from 3 to 32. She doesn't know what caused her deficiency--probably a combo of heavy periods and the fact that she WAY over-exercises. So she totally stopped exercising, took the iron, and she's doing much better.

So, you see, that this is not an easy question to answer. It has taken me well over a year to get my CBC numbers up to a good level and my ferritin up from 5 to 29, but I am only taking a very low dose iron supplement. But I feel SO much better anyway.

I guess the answer is that "it depends" on you.

As for the Vitamin D issues, I can tell you that getting your Vitamin D up won't make you feel better. My friend sees a specialist for this and, according to him, most people in the U.S. are Vitamin D deficient but it doesn't make you feel bad. But it does impact how your body "runs" inside and deficits cause problems like increased cancer. She is taking Vitamin D but he told her that she will feel no different when it gets to normal levels.

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