Re: Enlarged red blood cells
[QUOTE size of the red cells matter and could it be related to my symptoms?
Due to ongoing symptons (chest trembling, weakness on standing, general aches and pains, confusion, pin & needles in hands & feet, fatigue (off and on for 8 months but increasing in duration), I had a CBC done. The only abnomality was "significantly enlarged red blood cells". Apparently there was slight elargement in a previous test 7 months ago.
The same sample was used to test liver function, folicacid & B12 - All were normal.
I have Hashimotos thyroiditis (diagnosed 7 months ago), and am taking 75mg Thyroxine - recent tests say my thyroid levels are within the normal range.
Blood cells sometimes enlarge in order to accomodate the additional work they might have to do in transporting oxygen to the entire body. This can happen due to anemia not enough iron to go around, or due to slight poisoning interfering with oxygenation of body( thyroxin is not a poison but the body might react as though it were for a while.) By itself enlarged red blood cells are not anything more to worry about than blood count being slightly out of range. Something to note but not get excited about. There would have to be other things going on for the enlarged red blood cells to be a serious symptom.