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Hi,

I am finding these boards very helpful! Thank you!

My hemoglobin is 9.4, Ferritin is 4.7, RDW 16.2... Folic acid and B-12 are good (other test are posted in another post)

Here is my question....

Does being iron deficient with anemia mean that I am losing blood somewhere or not? I am very confused about this part. The doctor did do a urine blood test (neg) and a colon stool test (neg) and menstrual cycle is very short and light and has been for at least a year, seems like it was heavier in the past--but it has been awhile. I can't find an exact answer to this and I feel so sick and that makes me get a little worried that something is really wrong.

Thanks again,

Mindy
[QUOTE=mbw;4771749]
Does being iron deficient with anemia mean that I am losing blood somewhere or not? [/QUOTE]

yes it either means blood loss - or a serious absorption problem.

you could have been anemic before your periods got lighter though.
That is sort of what I was thinking... it seems like my periods were heavier--never super heavy though.

The doctor says my hemoglobin has gone back up to normal levels, I still feel pretty lousy. I'm not sure if the way I feel is connected to the previously low hemoglobin and ferritin of 4. She only test for the basic CBC. So, don't know if other #'s have improved.

**I told the dr that I was still feeling tired and had been having leg pains, and that I was a little more emotional and anxious/ jumpy and her response was... what was your childhood like? Did anyone touch you or hurt you? She went as far as saying, I think you may have ptsd!

WHAT?!? Oh, and I've been running a low grade temp (99.5-101)for over a month, and it hasn't improved either. She didn't address any of my concerns other than say it wasn't connected to the iron deficient anemia and she thought it was emotional!

I think it is time to get another doctor? Does anyone think that I am over reacting? For her to jump from my symptoms to PTSD.

Thanks, Mindy
[QUOTE=mbw;4777784]That is sort of what I was thinking... it seems like my periods were heavier--never super heavy though.

The doctor says my hemoglobin has gone back up to normal levels, I still feel pretty lousy. I'm not sure if the way I feel is connected to the previously low hemoglobin and ferritin of 4. She only test for the basic CBC. So, don't know if other #'s have improved.

**I told the dr that I was still feeling tired and had been having leg pains, and that I was a little more emotional and anxious/ jumpy and her response was... what was your childhood like? Did anyone touch you or hurt you? She went as far as saying, I think you may have ptsd!

WHAT?!? Oh, and I've been running a low grade temp (99.5-101)for over a month, and it hasn't improved either. She didn't address any of my concerns other than say it wasn't connected to the iron deficient anemia and she thought it was emotional!

I think it is time to get another doctor? Does anyone think that I am over reacting? For her to jump from my symptoms to PTSD.

Thanks, Mindy[/QUOTE]



how much is that "normal" hemoglobin? 12? or significantly higher? (12 is about the low end of "normal" for women...)

the PSTD idea is pretty silly. I would look for another doctor...





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