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    Old 05-23-2016, 07:32 AM   #1
    JessMN74
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    Anemic! What now?

    I went to an endocrinologist convinced I had thyroid issues so he ran a full test for me and it came back that my thyroid is fine but I am anemic. Now, I am just starting my research so forgive me if some of this is basic. Below are my blood test results. From what I can tell, my ferratin is on the lower side of normal and my iron saturation is low but everything else seems to fall within range. the doc wasn't super helpful, he just said to take a multivitamin with iron. But I feel like I am walking through water (slow and draggy) and today especially I feel like I've been hit by a truck I've been supplementing iron bisglycinate for nearly 3 weeks now, I would think I'd be feeling somewhat better by now???

    Test results:
    Transferrin 334 mg/dL
    IBC 498 mcg/dL
    Iron Saturation Percent 13 %
    Ferritin 20.1 ng/mL
    Iron 67 mcg/dL
    RBC 4.57 m/cmm
    Hgb 13.0 g/dL
    Hematocrit 39.4 %

    I guess I'm looking for advice or at least a direction on where to begin my research! I plan to read through these boards but have a lot going on in my life right now so I'm not sure how long that will take!

    Thank you in advance
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    Old 05-23-2016, 09:44 AM   #2
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    Re: Anemic! What now?

    Hi,

    I'm not an expert but I am going through similar issues with low iron anemia. I know from my reading that it can take quite a while to feel better after starting iron supplements. I also feel very tired when doing anything like walking up stairs, or cleaning the house, etc.

    Your Hgb looks okay though and from my reading it's really the Hgb level that makes you tired (lack of good red blood cells carrying oxygen around causes fatigue, dizziness, etc).

    From what I've read, it can take months for iron levels to return to normal and people needed iron supplements can take them for 6-18 months before levels are normal. I would think the doc would redo blood work after a few months to see how your levels improving.

    If you still don't feel better though I would press the doc to keep looking. From what I've read, low iron can be a symptom of something else, it's not really a diagnosis unless it can be linked to a root cause.

    Just my 2 cents, again, not a doctor or anything, just saw your post and thought I'd share some of what I've read. I hope you feel better!

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    Old 05-26-2016, 01:37 AM   #3
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    Hi Jessica,

    Sorry to hear you're feeling quite rough and struggling with the exhaustion. I have had anaemia for numerous years and other things, including a hypothyroid diagnosis that was then taken away when I saw a different endocrinologist (no one seems to agree on anything!) Mike make a good suggestion about the amount of time it takes to notice improvements.

    What was missed for me, for many years, was firstly B12. Turns out I had chronic B12 deficiency, that wouldn't stabilise after treatment, so I actually have pernicious anaemia (no course identified, though my grandad had the same thing).

    More recently, they found I have a severe Vit D deficiency, with one of the lowest levels the specialist seeing me in the osteopenia clinic had seen in some time. I have had bowel issues for just over 8 years now, so likely have had problems with absorption, but the symptoms I've had have been far reaching, including headaches, migraines, exhaustion, and the knock on of Vit D deficiency of osteopenia.

    If you haven't already, it may be worth asking whether B12 and Vit D have been checked. Make sure to get your levels from the blood test too so you can check it for yourself online (I once had a GP that said my MCV was 'fine', and when a new GP read through my results her jaw dropped at how 'fat' my blood cells were!)

    Good luck and let us know how you get on?
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