You didn't mention how long you've been gf, but it doesn't sound like very long? My first follow up was around 6 months. It took me longer to get up my ferritin. I had "Marsh Stage III" - there are four "stages" of "shag carpet" deterioration, the fourth being so bad you might not recuperate. If you had an endoscopy, you can ask for the pathology report and/or ask what your Marsh classification was.
You could always ask the doc for an iron absorption test (my hematologist did mine). You fast, but can drink water. They draw a "before" blood test. You take a specific amount of liquid iron and take an "after" blood test a couple of hours later. There may have been more "after" tests, I don't remember, but you get the idea.
I don't recommend liquid iron on a regular basis, unless you like the look of gray stained teeth. The stains dissipate after a while, though. I don't remember the brand, but it was in the hospital pharmacy. (Does Liquid Geritol stain teeth?)
I have taken iron supplements and tested my levels for a little over four years. Only last month was I told I could stop. In the past when I stopped taking it, my ferritin dropped (as with other supplements like Vit D and B12). I really try to take them now. (When your ferritin drops too low, then your hemoglobin goes low.)
You could also cook in an iron skillet.
It's too soon for you to worry about IV iron (my hematologist told me I don't want to have to do that. It hurts, but I never did it, so I couldn't tell you.)
Keep your chin up, and be fastidious if you have gluten in the house. Personally, I was an emotional wreck and found I had to have a gf kitchen to not be in panic mode all the time. I did clean the toaster oven rack before using it for toast (I don't have a "toaster") rather than buy a new one. I didn't buy new pots as mine were not rimmed and full of nooks and crannies, and they were slick stainless steel. I didn't buy new bowls, dishes, glasses or flatware; but I did buy new baking pans and sheets. I try to not use plastic anything.
I used Sam's Club label Member's Mark iron, fyi.
Edited by: DOTSLADY at: 8/25/2010 (23:00)
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