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Can tests be wrong?
Jan 10, 2005
I've been reading the various threads relating to anemia. Though I think that I have anemia (and have had it for a while), I've had two blood tests done in the last 6 months, and both came back "within normal". I have many of the symptoms listed in other posts, as well as some that weren't listed, but that I found on varoius websites in my research....

These include:

-extremely dry skin
-brittle, pale nails with vertical stripes/ridges
-brittle hair
-ringing in my ears, almost like a high pitched whistle
-exceptionally cold hands and feet
-generally feeling weak and tired
-loosing my breath
-sometimes an increased heartbeat, really irregular, and when doing normal for me things (like going up 2-3 flights of stairs)
-bruising much easier than I used to

Though I think that I have anemia, the doctors tell me I don't. I'm a student and there's a clinic on campus that I go to, but I feel that they don't believe that I know what I'm talking about. I don't really have another doctor to go to either. I was initially tested for anemia as a cause of depression last spring, and then again this fall at my request. Some people have though that it might be my thyroid, but that came back normal too

Many of these symptoms are recurring and quite regular in my daily routine, some (such as the brittle hair and dry skin) I've had since I was a child, the rest began when I was an adolescent. I'm 18 now, a formidable 5'11" and usually weigh around 165, though my weight has dropped lately and now I am closer to 150 than I have been in years. This is mainly due to a complete and utter loss of appetite.

Any advice as to what to do/tell the doctors would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance

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