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    Old 11-29-2014, 08:11 PM   #1
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    19 year old anemia - low ferritin/normal hemoglobin

    We recently found out our 19 year old son has Iron Def Anemia - this was discovered when he had some blood work done as he was complaining about symptoms almost like depression - tired - lethargy headaches - irritability etc...

    Since then he has been poked - prodded - weekly blood tests - stool samples etc... Primary care Dr sent us to a Gastro - Gastro sent us to a hematologist...Gastro ruled out everything in his area but he is concerned about our sons Hemoglobin - Hematocrit and RDW levels. all showing fairly wonky. He said it is important to find out the cause and not just take iron... as that is just a "band aid" Gastro was not happy with Hematologist saying "just take iron"

    His last 3 CBC's blood tests looked liked this:

    Hemoglobin 12.6 12.9 13.1
    HCT 41 41 39.4
    Ferritin was 7
    MCH 26 all three times tested
    RDW 14.1 14.2 16.1

    He is getting pretty "DONE" with going to the Dr - we have yet to start him on Iron as Gastro wanted us to see another Hemo but son needs a break as going to a Dr every week for 6 weeks now has taken it's toll.

    Gastro has ruled out Celiac's H-Pylori and Blood in stool


    TY Kaya

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