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Always Anemic
Apr 20, 1999

Whenever I had blood tests I've always shown up as anemic. Yesterday I had another blood test, this time it was 11 count. I have been as low as a 9. I think normal starts at 12? Anyway, the doctor now wants to look into why I'm always anemic and what kind of anemia it is. He suggested a colonscope also. I'm a 47 year old female. No HIV. He said he could also send me to a hematoligist who might do a bone marrow test. Should I go through all this? Or is it just an iron deficiency; which he said it might be also. Please help. I used to get B12 shots when I was younger. I can't take iron pills, they bind me up.

Response from Mr. Molaghan

Hello The initial evaluation for the source of anemia can be done through blood tests. Iron deficiency and B-12 deficiency can be easily diagnosed and treated. A further evaluation is necessary if the blood tests are inconclusive, because anemia can also be a sign of a hidden infection or malignancy. It sounds like your physician is pursuing this appropriately. Good luck.


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