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I had my first visit with the hematologist this past Tuesday. Very nice doc! He scanned my latest lab work and though many things were out of whack they were all "close". Said my symptoms didn't look like cancer (a huge relief!). Red blood cells were right size, right shape, correct number of them. and so on, but hemaglobin and hematocrit were still low. Ferritin was normal but on the low side of normal (33).

After taking history and talking, said the quickest answer to anemia would be bone marrow biopsy. I did tell him that was awfully invasive to me and didn't want to go that route until other things had been ruled out. Suggested lab work for auto-immune and a couple other things. I went with the lab work as I had that workout but more extensive 12 years ago when I had a positive ANA,but the others were inconclusive at the time. He said it could be one of them, he'd like my iron to be a little higher, but said it may never be in the normal range. With that said, do you look into bone marrow biopsy or just live with it ? Anyone had experience with this?





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