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Well, I received my results from the colonoscopy and endoscopy. Both came out fine. The GI doctor said the next step is a barium small bowel series. Has anyone here had this test done and could you tell me how it went? Also, if that comes back fine, does anyone know what the next tests are for anemia? Thanks in advance.

I just had the small bowel series testing...the one where you drink the (horrible) thick white chalk tasting barium & have to wait for it to move through your system, then the dr. takes an x-ray series. Julie, it sounds like that's the one you had also, right?

This all started when I went to donate blood to the Red Cross and got rejected, because my iron was too low. They told me to go to my doctor asap. The thing is, if I hadn't have gone to donate blood, I probably never would have known I had any problem with anemia, since I wasn't really having any symptoms.

I first went to my primary family dr. who did blood workups. All was fine (no thyroid probs. or anything), except for my iron and hemoglobin...very low.

The next step was for me to provide stool samples (what fun, lol..gross)and they didn't show anything. family dr. referred me to a gastointestinal doctor. I had both an endoscopy and a colonoscopy. They both came back normal. The gastro. dr. did a biopsy to see if possibly my body had a problem with iron absorbtion, but it also came back normal.

Next, the gasto. dr. had me go for the small bowel series x-rays (the barium test), and I am supposed to get the results by tomorrow. The dr. at the hospital who actually took the x-rays said that in looking at them while I was there, that he didn't see any problems, but that he would have to further look at them after I left for a final result.

The gastro. dr. told me to go ahead and start taking ferrous sulfate (iron) supplements twice a day, which I just started doing.

I have a follow-up appointment with my family dr. tomorrow, since I'm a little frustrated with not knowing what's causing my anemia...I guess the next step will be to go the gyno.dr. to make sure I don't have fibroids or anything.

Has anyone else gone thru all these tests to see what's caused your anemia, but no internal bleeding or any problem was ever found??? There has to be something causing the anemia, right?

How aggravating!


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