After you check all the regular things ...
After you check all the regular things, if your doctor has concerns,
it is a good idea to see how your kidneys are doing (check kidney function) as kidneys help make red blood cells and strong bones with the hormones they produce. Sometimes there is a metabolic problem that can even cause kidney stones ... so check thyroid
Half of the iron you need is stored in your red blood cells and the other in the spleen, liver and other organs. (You need iron to make red blood cells, by the way.)
Do you remember when your felt very, very tired and the fatigue didn't leave even after a full night's sleep? Ask the doctor for a Reticulocyte Count and if the lab tech would comment on the size and shape of the red blood cells.
Our country is bombarded with too many butyl ether chemicals and they appear to cause, eventually, hemolytic anemia, liver damage, kidney damage, central nervous system damage, endocrine disruption (as they are pesticides) and they are not only in gasoline and jet fuel, they are also in many cleaning compounds and found in paints & varnishes, both at home and at work.
Because we are talking about chemical poisoning (that's what chemical overexposure is), the tests don't show up what doctors are expecting to find. There are multiple body systems affected, even joints and the immune system for instance. IF there was only one thing wrong at a time, it would make diagnosis so much more predictable. AND most doctors are not toxicologists nor do they consult with those expert in chemicals.... but let's hope that changes. I've even heard that doctors are not trained in this area in medical school, either.
Sometimes high blood pressure (or low?) or high blood sugar (or low?) is representative of endocrine disruption. Many medical studies are skewed because the real cause of harm (chemical poisoning) is not recognized.
Last edited by Dear Maggie; 04-27-2004 at 08:35 AM.