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Re: Anemia
Jul 14, 2009
joy1966--Sorry I wasn't here for a while to respond to your post, in response to my questions prior. From what I gather from your labs, back in Sept. '08 you were at that time considered to be moderately anemic as reflected in your Hgb count, you also have a decreased MCV of 69.4 which means a decrease in the size in RBC's, which is diagnostic of and classed as Micro-cytic anemia; the most common form of iron deficiency and also seen in anemia of chronic inflammation/disease as seen in Thallesemia patients. The high RDW is a variation in the RBC's size and shape. It is typical for this number to go up in response to anemia. So, you basically had IDA and iron depletion at this time from the reading of a 4 ferritin. You had no iron to pull from to keep up with the Hgb. A low Fe and Sat% ='s anemia/iron deficiency.

You don't give ranges, however, in Jan. when you were taken off iron supplements your iron was still a little on the low end of normal according to my labs. With an 18 % Saturation this is also low end of normal. A ferritin reading here could make all the difference, if it (as I'm assuming it is) low end normal, and the problem has yet to be corrected, it will repeat itself. Eventually, you will run out of storage iron ending in anemia. Some people have to continue iron for a duration of time beyond their anemia. Some even stay on iron indefinitely (like myself :().

In March, you are anemic again based on the RBC's and iron panel, you don't give complete results.

Since this is an ongoing problem for you I think that you may want to consult a GI doc and run some tests just to rule other cause out if your GYN doesn't think this is the sole cause of your problems.

If ablation is a possibility for you as you say, I would take advantage of this opportunity. It makes a great difference even IF it's NOT the only cause. You need to stop ALL causes and ANY blood loss when you are having something like this happen. You will have many more answers after this and go on from there. It made all the difference for me when I was anemic. I was unable to bring my numbers up and after the ablation they went up naturally with ease over a period of time. Take care FLFG :)

Stressedgirl--I don't know if it would stop your periods, but IF you were anemic it surely can cause an increase in them. FLFG :)

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