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I'm not sure what most of these numbers mean but I know that most are lower than the last time I was checked a month ago (I have been on iron supplements but I have also had my period everyday up until last Tuesday).

Hemoglobin 9.5
Hematocrit 29.7%

RBC 3.78
MVC 79
MCH 25.1
RDW 16.9

Platelets 360

TIBC 388
UIBC 368

Iron serum 20
Iron saturation 5%

Ferritin 13
Transferrin 359

Still a doctor hummed and hawed and said I was mildly anemic and didn't need to change things.

I can't get anyone to understand how awful I feel. My heart races with the smallest activity, my ears whoosh, I feel light headed and dizzy, I can't breathe after climbing a flight of stairs, my muscles ache just walking across a parking lot. Plus, I feel like I could fall asleep sitting up.

I can't imagine what moderate or severe anemia would feel like.

My question to you who might have experience: do I just carry on and potentially let these numbers get lower, when is dangerous? Or do I need to switch doctors to someone who might be a tad more aggressive. Or just suck it up and it'll get better in 2 months like the doctor seems to think?
[I]"I can't get anyone to understand how awful I feel. My heart races with the smallest activity, my ears whoosh, I feel light headed and dizzy, I can't breathe after climbing a flight of stairs, my muscles ache just walking across a parking lot. Plus, I feel like I could fall asleep sitting up."[/I]

OP, I have all of your same symptoms, and I found out recently that I'm anemic.

Here are my numbers:

RBC: 4.77- NORMAL
HGB: 9.2- LOW
HCT: 30.7- LOW
MCV: 64.4- LOW
MCH: 19.3- LOW
MCHC: 30.0- LOW
RDW: 17.2- HIGH

There is no number on my labs for Ferritin.

I was put on iron supplements, too.
The cause of my anemia has not been determined yet :(





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