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    Old 05-06-2003, 08:15 AM   #1
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    Post Hemoglobin is at 121, stores are at 5. What does this mean?

    Hi all,

    Due to the fact that I have Celiac Disease, I get my B12, iron, and Folacin checked on most annual doctor's check-ups. This time, my results came back, and the doctor told me that my hemoglobin was at 121 and my "stores" were at 5. I have always had low stores, but never THIS low (I've usually been borderline). What does this number indicate? How severe is this? I am starting to take my iron supplements again...but how should I go about doing this to get my levels back up again. Over the past 6 months, I have stopped eating most meat products, so that is probably why my tests came back so low. However, I can't stomach the taste of most meat products, now. Besides the supplements and eating meat, what are some good ways to get, and absorb, iron?

    Also, I've been reading on here about having a sore mouth, and it being related to low B12. My other results came back normal, yet I have a sore, burning mouth from time to time. It usually lasts for a week or two at a time, and then it goes away, and then comes back. It feels puffy inside, although it's not.. and it hurts to eat and feels like there are sores inside my mouth. Everything is fine, now... but should I be worried when this happens? Again, my b12 results came back "normal", so perhaps I am reading too much into this. Just a thought, though.

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    Old 05-06-2003, 08:43 PM   #2
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    I've been looking into this issue of normal results myself because I had a low normal reading on B12, no larger red cells, so no showing of anemia but I've had some strange things going on.

    I've found the following sites to be interesting, and hopefully helpful to you.

    It seems that if you come out under 100 for B12, the diagnosis is obvious. IF you come out above that or in the normal ranges, its more difficult and recent research is finding that low normal might not be so normal after all for some people.
    [url="http://www.postgradmed.com/issues/2001/07_01/dharmarajan.htm"]http://www.postgradmed.com/issues/2001/07_01/dharmarajan.htm[/url] [url="http://www.mayo.***/proceedings/2002/mar/7703cr2.pdf"]http://www.mayo.***/proceedings/2002/mar/7703cr2.pdf[/url]

    And more recently, new research.......
    [url="http://www.holotc.net/pages/holotc/1/introduction.html"]http://www.holotc.net/pages/holotc/1/introduction.html[/url]

    Even if your B12 comes out in the normal range, you might consider asking for a test for MMA and Homocysteine, which many seem to agree are good indicators of deficiency. Apparently, if these numbers are normal, current thought is that your B12 level is normal for your body. IF one or both are high, your body is deficient and you need supplementation.

    The last site I linked seems to indicate there's even an earlier marker and that the B12 level in your blood is made up of B12 that gets to your cells and B12 that just hangs around in your blood. According to this new research, you could be low in the B12 that gets to your cells and show a normal B12 because the B12 measured in the blood test measures both and the B12 that just hangs around might make your B12 level look normal when you're actually missing the component that gets to your cells.

    Hope this helps.

     
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