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Hi there,

My wife is 35 and in very good phyiscal condition. She's been a regular blood donor for years and never had a problem with the basic iron test they do before you can give blood.

About 2 years ago, she started having acid reflux issues. She was put on daily Prilosec by her DR. In Sept. 2007, she tried to give blood and was told her iron was too low. Blood test confirmed, so DR put her on birth control with an iron supplement for 3 months. In Jan 2008, blood test again showed low iron and animea. DR put her on an OTC iron supplement and sent her to a hemotologist. Hemo DR looked at blood work and sent her to a Gastro DR for an upper (endo) and lower (colon) scope.

We just can back from the scoping and both were clear. Thanks to this forum, we were prepared for that result. Everything we read says that animea is caused by something else. Here are the numbers from her most recent blood test. Please tell us what you think and what is normally done from here. She goes back to her regular DR in a couple of weeks. We are hoping for something more from the DR than "just keep taking your iron pills".

RETIC 1.2%
TSH 2.13
FE 25 (from "iron panel")
%Saturation 4%
T IBC 655
WBC 7.6
HCT 35.1
MCV 86
MCH 28
.MPV 10.6
NEUTS 48
MONOS 6
ABSOLUTE LYM 3.4
HGB 11.5
PLATETLET COU 302
RBC 4.09
MCHC 32.8
RDW 15.7
LYMPH 45
EOS 1
FERRITIN 6
H PYLORI NEGATIVE

Sorry, but I didn't know which number were relevent, except for the ferritin number.

Any thought on her condiition are much appreciated





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