My GI has told me that if I'm on the max dose of oral iron supplements (for me that was 60mg, 2-3 times/day) and I'm absorbing them well, I can expect to have an increase of about
a point a week in my hemoglobin levels, as long as I'm not losing any more blood. So it will take quite a while for it to get back to where it was, and probably at least 3 weeks or so before it's even in normal range, which starts at 12 or 13.
I've often gotten down to about
9 (or even lower) while flaring and usually once the bleeding is under control and I'm able to tolerate/absorb iron supplements, it takes about
3-4 weeks till I'm back to normal. Iron injections can give you a much faster boost than oral iron (though it still takes a little while for the injection to bring up blood levels), but as long as it's going back up steadily it's probably not much to worry about
Post Edited (lenagirl) : 3/14/2009 6:11:05 PM (GMT-6)