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    Old 11-08-2006, 06:44 PM   #1
    invisible123
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    Question about chronic mild anemia

    Hi,

    I posted lab results on this forum in July 2006 and have had my blood drawn again this month. My results in July were:

    RBC 3.96 Low (4.32 - 5.32)
    Hemoglobin 12.5 Low (12.8 - 16.5)
    Hematocrit 36 Low (38 - 49)
    RDW 11.8 Low (12.5 - 14.9)

    My results in November are:

    RBC 3.92 Low (4.32 - 5.32)
    Hemoglobin 11.9 Low (12.8 - 16.5)
    Hematocrit 35 Low (38 - 49)
    RDW 15.8 High (12.5 - 14.9)

    Does the RDW have anything to do with anemia? Is there a reason why it would be abnormally low in July and abnormally high in November?

    Also, since July I have started taking synthroid and my periods have become much lighter, so I don't think this mild anemia is caused by heavy periods.

    What can cause chronic mild anemia besides heavy periods? I still have fatigue and weakness although my doctor said this mild of anemia wouldn't cause those symptoms.

     
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    Old 11-09-2006, 07:11 AM   #2
    bella31
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    Re: Question about chronic mild anemia

    I had a high RDW and the DR. said that means iron deficency.I also have a low ferritin.They think its because my period are heavy.They never looked into anything else.

     
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