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My doctor has been following my blood work for a few months, based on symptoms I was having that were suspicious (hair loss, lightheadness, fatigue, ice cravings -the fatigue was manifesting into frustration, short temper and moodiness with my kids). I am taking 325 mg supplement every night, with Vitamin C and B complex. I am feeling somewhat better, a little more energy, but still not totally myself yet.

He is sending me to a hemotologist because he is stumped as to why my WBC is lowered as well. here are my latest #'s that are out of the normal range:

WBC 3.5 (4.2-10.8 reference)
HGB 11.7 (12.0-16.0)
RDW 17.8 (11.5-14.5)
MPV: 6.9 (7.4-10.4)

My Ferritin came up from a 4 in June to a 15 after a month of iron supplementation

Can anyone help me interpret this while I wait a month to get in with the hemo dr.?

I am also having achiness in my arms and legs after I exercise, but I am running and lifting weights, which I am very happy I am able to do!

I had pneumonia in the spring, and I think he thinks this is leftover rebound from being ill. I am 34 years old and otherwise in great health, so this is all really confusing to me.


Hello--From going back over your post I would recommend getting that B-12 test. Taking a good Multi-Vit along with your iron supplements. You need lots of rest, not lots of exercise. However, I would continue a program to some extent. Runners and Vegs. frequently become anemic. This could be part of your problem of not feeling well and anemia. Plus if you do this it is much much harder for your body to heal. This takes time. And the WBC is probably from your illness, just keep an eye on it. The Hematologist will know.
I also take my iron in the morning it helps to have more energy throughout the day. If you don't use it all up through exercise, LOL.:)Good luck. FLFLOWERGIRL:)

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