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Old 08-07-2008, 07:14 PM   #1
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Question GI Bleed??? Low Iron

Not sure if anyone can help with this but I thought I'd try to get some guidance about a new problem please: tried to give blood July 3 but was denied because my iron levels were too low. Saw my PCP on July 23 for a 6 month follow-up and told him. He ordered some bloodwork. He usually mails a copy of the test results but I never got anything so I called the office on Tuesday 8/5 and his assistant called me back and said:

"you have some abnormal levels that indicate an iron deficiency and he is faxing a copy of the tests to your GI Doc. When I asked why she said since you are not having any vaginal bleeding perhaps you have a GI bleed or a malabsorption problem."

Today I received my copy of the tests in the mail and I called the GI doc. She was not in but the nurse that called me back told me she was surprised the PCP didn't order a stool sample test and just sent me to the GI. She agreed that my numbers were problematic and sent a note to the Doc asking what she wanted to do. Since her last day in the office ( vacation until 9/2) is next Tuesday she double-booked me an appointment at 2:40. (Doc already is double-booked from 3:00 - 5:00).

So what do I want/need the GI doc to do for me? Do I need to have a scope to check for internal bleeding? I had a c'scope in Feb05 and Dec 06 which were normal with the exception of an internal hemmi ( that I have never had a problem with) seen on second scope. (Ironically Doc did a rectal exam and stool sample showed blood and that was why I had the second scope.) Had an upper endoscopy in Feb05, Apr 05, Sep 07 and March 08. Upper scopes showed gastric polyps and a small patch of intestinal metaplasia.

I also have a hemangioma on my liver that this GI has been watching with MRI's. could this be a cause?

The only good news to come out of this is that I finally got my B12 levels tested. I've asked about having them done because I'm take 40mg Nexium twice a day for the last 3 years.

Thanks in advance if you have any advice. Sue

P.S. Ironically I am having a breath test Monday morning due to excess gas (belching and flatulence)

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Sue: 57, Asthma(at 48), GI issues(GERD, IBS, Hiatal Hernia), High Blood Pressure
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Old 08-08-2008, 03:32 PM   #2
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Re: GI Bleed??? Low Iron

Sue, five years ago I had intestional bleeding. After several colonoscopies, it was discovered I had a leaking vein in the cecum. It was called mylodysplasia of the cecum. After it was cauterized, the bleeding stopped, and the blood counts eventually came back to normal, after I had 4 units of blood. I was terribly anemia and could hardly walk across the floor without getting out of breath. Good luck.

 
Old 08-09-2008, 04:28 AM   #3
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Re: GI Bleed??? Low Iron

Thanks Narda99 for replying. Sounds like you had a hard time with this issue - I'm glad that they found the problem and you are doing well. May i ask a question please? did you see evidence of the intestinal bleeding or was it found through bloodwork?
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Old 08-09-2008, 07:52 AM   #4
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Re: GI Bleed??? Low Iron

Well, my hemoglobin and hematocrit kept fluctuating, but mostly going down and down. I was also given stool tests which came back positive. I now keep the home test packs so I can test for mystelf, then I can get to the doctor and have blood work done. You can buy this packs at a drug store. They are called E-Z Detect, and they are so easy to use. Just throw one in the toilet after a bowel movement and it will turn blue if there is blood in it. They are very sensitive, and will show even the smallest trace of blood. I buy mine on line by the case. That is how often I keep checked because I never want to get that sick again.

 
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