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Old 08-13-2006, 08:28 PM   #1
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Question RBC, HGB,. HCT are low

But iron and B12 are OK. March 06 All these were low. 2 weeks ago they had dropped even more. My primary doctor is repeating the test in another 2 weeks. He is thinking I should see a hematologist but I do not like seeing multiple doctors. This last week the way I feel I am thinking that is not such a bad idea. A 100 ft. walk absolutely wears me out. It's almost like being so wiped out after surgery. If this coming week progresses or rather regresses like this last week I will have no stamina at all.

What can be the cause of those low readings with the B12 and iron being OK? Everything I read indicates they are usually a problem also.

 
Old 08-14-2006, 10:37 AM   #2
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Re: RBC, HGB,. HCT are low

Has your doctor ruled out gastrointestinal bleeding from things like ulcers? They can do an endoscopy or colonoscopy to rule out bleeding in the GI tract.If you are perimenopausal it could be from heavy or frequent periods.(although I think the iron would be low). I would definitely go and see a hematologist if the doctor recommends you to do so. I have a similar situation(although they haven't checked my b12 level). I have had a very low Hct and Hgb for the past year and a half. It doesn't ever seem to go up despite taking iron pills 2-3 times/day. I went through all the GI testing and all was fine. I had no active bleeding.I'm tired all the time as well and I hate it! I have an appt with my doctor next week and I think I'm going to ask her if I can see a hematologist myself if she can't get to the bottom of it. I have a friend who had this problem and it wasn't until she saw the specialist that she felt better. They did a bone marrow biopsy and it just showed that she had iron deficiency anemia. Even the specialist couldn't determine why her results wouldn't come up with iron treatment. They put her on Procrit shots once or twice a month and now she's like a new woman again!

 
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Old 08-14-2006, 11:17 AM   #3
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Re: RBC, HGB,. HCT are low

I have been on HealthBoards but different topic. I don't know why that I didn't think of this before last night. I had read through a few of the posts. Shamrock, I read with interest your prior posts.

A doctor, not my present PCP, had about hit the panic button saying I was very anemic and prescribed iron. I have always tended to be low on iron and just automatically assumed it was iron deficiency. Last week my PCP made me realize that it is not iron deficiency. I have long taken iron and that could account for it being acceptable. I have taken B12 shots and in this last blood work, the B12 was actually a little high, above of the normal range.

It has been 3 years since I have had the gastric system checked. That covered all 3 areas. Do I ever hate those tests...actually not the test but the clean-out.

I have an undiagnosed autoimmune problem. It looks like lupus or scelero. I see the rheumatologist tomorrow and perhaps that doctor can shed more light on the subject. I have been on plaquenil for about 6 weeks and am getting some positive effects. When I started on that I added folic acid. Those autoimmune test also determined that I am not type 2 diabetic as was presumed but LADA. Not that that makes any difference.

I am too young (73) to have all these things! I still work full time and my work has been suffering from this the last week or two. I'm not keeping up.

 
Old 08-14-2006, 11:39 AM   #4
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Re: RBC, HGB,. HCT are low

Betty, I have had lupus for 16 years and i'm seeing my rheumatologist for my routine check-up next week. As you know there are alot of different types of anemia. Many people with lupus and other autoimmune problems do have anemia. Some people with lupus even get AIHA(autoimmune idiopathic hemolytic anemia). My doctor doesn't think I have this one,just the iron deficient type. I know how you feel about work and the loss of stamina. I'm only 47 and I'm a nurse and had to cut my hours way back. Years ago I took the Plaquenil but had to go on Prednisone for more serious issues with the lupus. I do pretty well with it,all things considered.Definitely get a good rheumatologist who is willing to listen and do all the tests to figure out what illness it is.There are lots of different autoimmune illnesses and specific criteria they use to diagnose each one. I was lucky-they found out I had lupus in a couple of months. My PCP told me it takes years for some people to get diagnosed. Best of luck!

 
Old 08-15-2006, 08:26 PM   #5
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Re: RBC, HGB,. HCT are low

I saw the rheumatologist today. I asked about the labs and she said they weren't terribly bad but if the next one still shows a decline I probably should see a hematologist. Other than that it was "come back in 6 months".

 
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