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Diagnosed with UC? How?

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Old 03-27-2013, 02:36 PM   #1
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Diagnosed with UC? How?


I have just received some very confusing lab results on a CBC and I am somewhat concerned because the pattern of my CBC and iron tests follow anemia of chronic disease. However, I don't have any known chronic disease. I'm on the fence about iron deficiency, but the ferritin levels are normal and so are the volume percentages (MCV, MCHC, and MCH). I can't seem to find anything that may be causing this other than refractory anemia (long shot), lupus (possibly - numb hands, achy joints), or ulcertative colitis (more likely). I have a very long history of digestive disorders (upper GI) so I would not be surprised if I had colitis. In fact, it was my GI who ordered the labs after I thought I saw blood in my stool.

Also could be nothing.

All else being normal, my CBC and iron tests show:

WBC: 5 (3.8-10.8) (Normal)
RBC: 3.7 (L)
HBG: 10.2 (L)
HCT: 31 (L)
MCV: 83.7 (Normal)
MCH: 27.5 (Normal)
MCHC: 32.8 (Normal)
RDW: 15.1 (H)
Platelets: 447 (H)
Ferritin: 32 (Normal)
Total Iron: 24 (L)
Binding Capacity: 392 (Normal)
TIBC Saturation: 6% (L)

I was wondering if anyone could provide some insight into your condition(s), what your symptoms were, and how you were diagnosed, that may help to alleviate my concerns or help me prepare for what is to come while I wait to hear from my doctor (who knows when).

Thank you all so much!

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