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Getting scared...
May 20, 2011
My 18 year old daughter was diagnosed anemic about 3 months ago after symptoms of fatigue and muscle weakness. She's a distance runner and was unable to train anymore. The doctor put her on oral iron, which did not help (levels dropped). We took her to a hematologist and he suggested IV iron therapy. By that time, her levels came up a whole point so she started training again. She felt good for about 2 days and then crashed again. In that time, she got bronchitis and needed to be on antibiotics, prednisone, and cough meds. They did a cbc after 3 infusions and her levels have dropped a little more. She has lost 11 pounds and looks extremely sick. She is so tired, she can barely function. I am terrified that this is cancer. She went through the GI testing...x-rays and scope and biopsy. The doctor said that he did not see anything that looked unusual or any signs of celiacs, but the actual results will come in today. A blood test was negative for celiacs. The GI doctor and the hematologist said that the next step is bone marrow testing. I am so scared!!! Her RBC last cbc was 3.93, HGB 10.1, HCT 34.9, MCH 25.7, MCHC 28.9, and RDW 17.9. Her white count was low, but with her being sick it came back up to 4.2 The rest of her cbc was normal. What could be causing this?? She doesn't even get a period because of her high level of training. I am just looking for some input.

Thank you!!!





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