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Could I be anemic?
May 9, 2001

I have chronic fatigue that does not improve with rest, excersize, and B12 intake. Could I be anemic with a 12.2 HGB and 3.9 RBC?

Response from Dr. Frascino


That depends on whether you are male or female. The normal hemoglobin range for men is 14-18 and for women, 12-16. So, if you are male, you are below the normal range. Check some of your old blood tests and see if your hemoglobin has been drifting down. If so, talk to your doctor about possible reasons for the decline. Common causes include iron deficiencies, blood loss, or medication side effects -- particularly AZT-related (Retrovir, Combivir, and Trizivir all contain AZT). Also, remember that fatigue can result from many different conditions - anxiety/depression, hormonal imbalances, opportunistic infections, and even HIV itself.

By the way, B12 supplementation would only be helpful if you were B12-deficient.

Good luck


Sleeps all day
low RBC count, should I be concerned

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