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OK, quick back history. I am 33 yr old F that has had a complete hyst. with ovaries removed. I am not on any hormone therapy. I had surgery Jan 26, 2009 to clean up adhesions and sugery March 3, 2009 to remove my last ovary. Due to complications the surgery lasted overy 2 1/2hrs, but was still listed as minimal blood loss. When I had my pre-labs done for the first surgery it flagged the following four:
[COLOR="Blue"]WBC: 10.9 (4.0-10.5)
RBC: 3.9 (4.20-5.40)
HGB: 11.9 (12.5-16.0)
HCT: 35.9 (37.0-47.0) [/COLOR]
Don't know if its related but my potassium also flagged low as 3.4 (3.6-5.1).

:dizzy: OK, as if all of that wasn't confusing. I have always had a low HGB. With iron suppliments it used to run around 10. My OB was never worried about it so I didn't. He said that after my hysterectomy it would correct itself. I was shocked to see my results come back so low before my suregery. This is the only time they have been tested since my hysterectomy.

OK Now on to my real confusion!!! :dizzy::eek::dizzy: I had my yearly physical today. My doctor left a message on my voice mail that I was severly anemic and he had called me in a script that they wanted me to start today! When I went to pick it up the pharm had to come out and talk to me. Asked what my blood levels were and when I would be retesting. When I told her I had been tested that morning she said that my levels must be really low because it was a rare high dose. Then she came back in a couple of minutes and said that my ins does not cover any iron suppliments and it would be $96!!!!!I can't afford that so I didn't get them. :( I am going to call the doctor tomorrow and see if I can take a cheap wal-mart brand OTC and to get my iron levels. He also ran the "iron test panel" (whatever that is) because I "look" really anemic. My iron has always been so low that I never really thought about it. Is this a big concern? And if so why won't my insurance cover it? Sorry for all the questions.





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