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Old 06-27-2010, 10:52 AM   #1
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Low HCT and MCV feeling tired

I had some blood work done back in April and got the results online (Kaiser) Some of the numbers seem to be slightly low but no one has contacted me so Im guessing it must be just slightly low? Im still feeling very tired all the time and I am taking vitamins with iron. Im hoping you all can tell me if these numbers are something I should be concerned about or if they could mean Im anemic? Im a 39 yr old female.

my HCT is 34.8 Normal range is 37-47%
my MCV is 80.1 normal is 81-99
my RDW is 14.9 normal is 11.5-14.5

everything else seemed normal
HGB 12.1
MCH 27.9

One other thing,I had a precancerous colon polyp removed a few years ago and have had a few follow up colonoscopies since then, last one on November so Im sure nothing could have come up since then but Its still in the back of my mind.

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Old 07-02-2010, 05:10 AM   #2
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Re: Low HCT and MCV feeling tired

It looks like Iron Deficiency Anemia that hasn't quite affected your hemoglobin yet, but it will if you don't take care of it. Find a good iron supplement that will give you enough. I like Floradix. It's liquid iron, and it's the only supplement that I can take, and it works. It's expensive and tastes nasty, but it's not constipating, and that's worth everything to me.

If you don't get the deficiency under control, your hemoglobin will start to decrease and your heart will start to race.

It takes time, but you can do it. Your MCV tells me your body is crying for iron!

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