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Question: long time anemia

 phread - Sat Sep 10, 2005 6:39 pm

my wife(78 yrs old) has had low blood counts for four years,and no one knows why. she has been tested,(bone marrow twice) and all tests are normal. still her blood count would stay about 9.8 to 11.4. two years ago her oncologist started procrit shots every three weeks,which has kept her blood count around 11.9,but in three weeks it will fall again. we are very concerned that no one knows where her blood is going. we would like your opinion.
thanks in advance
 solo - Thu Oct 06, 2005 12:18 am

I'm not sure that this will be much help, but.... I am 38 and have been found to be anemic. My hemogloben is 8.7. I have had every test ....gyn, colonoscopy, upper GI, and yes the bone marrow. They have also run all types of labs. The only thing that appears wrong is that I do not have any iron stores in my bone marrow and I'm not able to get it from food or supplements. Because they could not find any bleeding, I am starting IV iron on Friday. My doctor seems to think he can get me up to around 13!!! I will not know what to do with all the energy. I'm still a little concerned that they can not tell me why my levels are so low, but for now I'm very excited that I might be able to get back to an active life.

Good luck


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