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Re: Ferritin levels
Dec 29, 2004
Great information!
I never had problems with anemia until I developed connective-tissue disease. Even then, my levels were not that low (hematocrit, hemoglobin, ferritin, etc.) Then, over a period of about a year I became severely anemic. But the time the cause was detected, my hemoglobin was in the "5's." Hematocrit was 19. Turns out I had developed abdominal "bleeding angiodysplasias," which is "leaky, tangled blood vessels." I've had 3 blood transfusion since then, but my counts always start to drop again albeit gradually. (this condition is chronic). Iron pills did not help at all. My last lab work showed HGB at 9.8 and HCT at 31. I guess I will have "annual" blood transfusion some time next year. It is frustrating, but I know it could be worse.

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