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[QUOTE=Marimac]No only a test for B-12 deficiency rules it out. However indicators for the possibility of PA are the results of the MCV , MCHC, and RDW: MCV(Mean corpuscularVolume) RDW: (Red cell Distribution Width) MCHC( Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin Concentration) These terms mean Average number of red blood cells in a drop of blood, how far apart the cells are in the blood(crowded together or very wide away from each other) and Average amount of actual iron available inside each blood cell.[/QUOTE]

Thanks for your reply. He faxed the bloodwork, and some of it is illegible. I can read the numbers that are flagged, however, I don't know what they stand for! He probably did check the MCV, etc...wouldn't you think?

He did write the following, " if pt. is using iron, it is not sufficient or not being absorbed." What do you make of that, provided that he did test the MCV, etc...? I just don't know what my next step should be. I am taking almost 1000 mg. iron daily and have been for one month. I have felt weak, dizzy, shaky, and nauseous. It is driving me crazy, but it sounds like how most people feel who post here!

Meant to add that the iron saturation level is 6. What does that mean...is it basically the same thing as the IBC?

Thanks, Nehemia
[QUOTE=Nehemia]Thanks for your reply. He faxed the bloodwork, and some of it is illegible. I can read the numbers that are flagged, however, I don't know what they stand for! He probably did check the MCV, etc...wouldn't you think?

He did write the following, " if pt. is using iron, it is not sufficient or not being absorbed." What do you make of that, provided that he did test the MCV, etc...? I just don't know what my next step should be. I am taking almost 1000 mg. iron daily and have been for one month. I have felt weak, dizzy, shaky, and nauseous. It is driving me crazy, but it sounds like how most people feel who post here!

Meant to add that the iron saturation level is 6. What does that mean...is it basically the same thing as the IBC?

Thanks, Nehemia[/QUOTE] IBC stands for Iron Binding Capacity. That is the ability of the iron to be attached to the cell and be transported to where it should go. Generally, the Iron binding capacity is increased in proportion to the anemia. The higher the binding rate the lower the iron levels are. The saturation percent is how much iron is being absorbed into the cell for transport. The dangerous thing about taking a lot of iron is that it can be stored around the heart, liver, spleen kidneys and other places that it should not be at all, It can also be toxic to the system if it is not being utlized properly by the body. It can cause diabetes to occur in people over 40.

If the doctor did a complete blood count he/she did get a MCV number as a part of the test. Again iron supplements are not wonderful. The side effects are not fun and if you need iron, you have to weigh the side effects of taking the iron against the side effects of not taking it...





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