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First, I have a great physician but something is falling through the cracks when it is coming to communication with my anemia. I do have panic attacks and I feel he is trying to do rule outs so not to upset me. I am getting upset from the unknown.

I do have a thyroid disease. For the last three months, I have had my blood work done. For the last two weeks, I have more blood work completed.

My Ferritin level is (2). My Hemoglobin is 9, my hematocrit is 29. My MCV is 78 with my MCH at 24. My red blood cell count is (3) and my white blood cell count is (3). My RDW is high at (15.4). After taking iron medication, my thyroid is now becoming high.

With these levels, can anyone aid me by telling me what could be occuring?

I had gastric bypass five years ago almost. I have maintained weight loss but recently have been retaining water although I take lasex. I am exhausted but try to keep on the go. I do eat well and eat green vegetables, etc. but my body will not absorb the iron.

Thanks for any suggestions as to what could be the issue.
flowergirl--Hi!

Your Ferritin is below range at 6. My Hematologist told me that when it is below range it means there is no iron left in storage. Ferritin is stored in the bone marrow and organs. My GI doc said, when the ferritin runs out that you begin to pull iron from the organs. I am unclear on how this process works or what happens when. This is just what I was told. There are 3 stages of ID--you are here, Stage 2 of iron deficiency is; 2.) iron stores are exhausted w/no anemia.

Your Hct is borderline and Hgb is low normal I would say. These numbers will pop back up when you begin supplements. You are not anemic at this point, which is good. Your MVC looks to be low normal as well.

As far as the B-12 goes you are normal of course, but I would build this up to the top of the range. Your right, things could be a lot worse. The only number that would concern me now is the Ferritin. FLFLOWERGIRL:)





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