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Coastal,

Would recommend that you consider getting an appointment with a Hematologist soon. If you are anemic, and depending on which levels are defecient, yes it can affect your heart, your breathing, your thinking, etc. You are too young to ignore it, and by all means if it is something that can be treated and corrected, you want to do that. There are many things other than blood cancers, so don't be alarmed that a Hematologist may also carry the title along with Oncologist. They treat both cancer related and non-related disorders, so don't ignore your condition. If it turns out to be a mild whatever, it was still worth checking it out.

My Mother is very ill and for months I've pushed for more testes to determine the current problem. She is hypothyroid, but only for the last 3 or so years and that has responded fine to Leoxyl. She had to undergo replacement of two heart valves about 20 months ago, and being 83, I watch things closely. Naturally, the first thing that cropped up was reduced kidney function, which is expected with the heart failure, but then things were going so well until the spring, and blood tests are done every 1-3 months.

Finally, she was deemed anemic and we tried the oral iron and Folic acid but she did not improve in any manner in 2 1/2 months, so it was stopped and she was referred to a Hematologist/Oncologist. First visit was last week and in 6 days her Hemo levels dropped from 10 to 9.2, then in this week it dropped further, but no meds were added last week as they wanted her previous records from this past year to see if this had been building for a long time.

Well, today no clear answers and she can barely walk across the floor. She cannot get her words out as she cannot think straight and I've had to increase her oxygen, and yes, she's had heart rhythm issues as well. Still, it wasn't to the point that they would do transfusions today, choosing instead to begin Aranesp injections in the stomach. Haven't done a lot of research on it yet, but it's something like Procrit, so it will take weeks before we see a significant change in the way she feels, if it works.

Lots of labs have been done and now there is to be a CT scan of lymph nodes just to rule out infection, and the doc wants a bone marrow biopsy. But the doc has not really explained enough for her to agree to that yet. For the moment, she wants to see if the injections show any improvement in her labs and how she feels and I don't disagree with her decision.

You are young, so I hope you will seek out the specialist who can immediately let you know what is causing your condition and help you with a course of treatment so you won't wind up with something major.

Best wishes.





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