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Hi Sparkles,

He hasn't ordered the intrinsic factor test, but he did at one point mention getting un upper endoscopy to look at my stomach. He mentioned that an endoscopy would show celiac too. I think he wants to try the B-12 for a few weeks and see if it continues to raise my Hgb/HCT. As of this morning, the B-12 tests hadn't come back from the lab, so he didn't have official word that it was the B-12, but judging by how my Hgb is continuing to climb, he strongly suspects B-12 deficiency plays a significant role in my anemia. Maybe when the B-12 test comes back he may have me do the endoscopy.

As for my MCV, it was over 100 so it's macrocytic, which means B-12 is more responsible for my anemia than iron, but doc is having me take iron because it was a little low. When I was treated for iron before, by my GP, I don't believe I had a serum ferritin test. My anemia was very mild then (Hgb was 11.3) so they just told me to take iron pills. This time, my ferritin was 13, which is in the normal range but still low.

Still waiting for the results of my GI tests (upper GI, small bowel follow through, and pouch biopsy). My colorectal surgeon is supposed to let me know about those.





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