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Help!! What does it mean when you have low hemoglobin, low hemocrait, low mcv, low mch, low mchc high rdw, high iron binding capacity, low ferritin?

Help!! What does it mean when you have low hemoglobin, low hemocrait, low mcv, low mch, low mchc high rdw, high iron binding capacity, low ferritin?

Iron deficiency: You and your physician need to find the cause. It may be anything from heavy periods to non-supplementing vegetarianism to a bleeding gut ulcer or tumor to hookworm to a host of others. Good luck finding the real cause. You wil feel better when you are treated. ...Read more

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How do u treat low hemoglobin (12.6)? Is this anemia? Take iron&if so how much? I read iron is no good 4 u. Rbc: 4.17, hematocrit: 37.4, high rdw: 15.

How do u treat low hemoglobin (12.6)? Is this anemia? Take iron&if so how much? I read iron is no good 4 u. Rbc: 4.17, hematocrit: 37.4, high rdw: 15.

Results: 12.6 hemoglobin with a 37.4 hematocrit may be normal for you. This would depend on your prior results and your hemoglobin type--sickle trait patients may have these numbers and be perfectly fine. Is there any history of blood in stools or urine?
Too much iron is not good, but appropriate doses for some conditions as recommended by your doctor would be helpful when prescribed. Good luck. ...Read more

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Low hemoglobin (11.6), low mch, high rdw, low alkaline phosphates, all other values normal including rbc and b12. Possible cause? Iron deficiency?

Low hemoglobin (11.6), low mch, high rdw, low alkaline phosphates, all other values normal including rbc and b12. Possible cause? Iron deficiency?

May be: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, iron deficiency is not uncommon in women in their reproductive years. It would be safe to take oral iron and multivitamin supplements and recheck hemoglobin at your next visit to your doctor.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
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What might cause high B12 levels? I also had low iron (long-standing anemia) and low vitamin D. CBC was normal except mildly low hemoglobin.

What might cause high B12 levels? I also had low iron (long-standing anemia) and low vitamin D. CBC was normal except mildly low hemoglobin.

B12 normal range: There is no harm in an elevated B12 level. The normal range is established based on a population study, but the physiology and diet factors that might lead to higher levels than those in the population study are not significant. Don't worry about it in the least. Get follow-up to see that the hemoglobin comes back to normal though. ...Read more

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Dr thinks I'm on verge of iron deficiency anemia. Ferritin is only low #.hemoglobin is fine. Platelet is 600. Is high platelet related to pre-anemia?

Dr thinks I'm on verge of iron deficiency anemia. Ferritin is only low #.hemoglobin is fine. Platelet is 600. Is high platelet related to pre-anemia?

Anemia: Elevated plata, eats may be due to recent bleeding from your period. Starting iron supplement is a good idea in a young person to compensate for blood loss due to heavy menstrual loss. ...Read more

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Is this mild anemia or moderate? Low hemoglobin, hematocrit, mcv, mch, mchc. High rdw, esr, platelets. Iron 3 (11-27umol/L).saturation 0.03 (0.20-0.50). B12 162 (198-615).

Is this mild anemia or moderate? Low hemoglobin, hematocrit, mcv, mch, mchc. High rdw, esr, platelets. Iron 3 (11-27umol/L).saturation 0.03 (0.20-0.50). B12 162 (198-615).

Anemia: If your hemoglobin is low, this is a measure of how much oxygen carrying protein is in your blood and we call this anemic. Mild and moderate are relative descriptions. It is more important to figure out why there is anemia so that it can be treated appropriately. ...Read more

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I am worried about my daughters recent blood work. Low hematocrit low hemoglobin high platelets low vit d low iron saturation high glucose high TSH.

I am worried about my daughters recent blood work. Low hematocrit low hemoglobin high platelets low vit d low iron saturation high glucose high TSH.

Need to examine: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, it would have helped to have the actual values. She seems to have iron deficiency anemia and vitamin D deficiency. Both can be easily corrected. For glucose and TSH do need values. Talk to the doc who ordered tests. ...Read more

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What type of anemia has elevated rdw-cv, normal mcv, low mch, low mchc and low hemoglobin? Iron is normal range.

Need more info: Do you have a chronic illness? All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, the limited data you provided suggests anemia of chronic illness. It would be prudent to consult the doctor who ordered the tests.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
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Should depleted iron stores always correlate with low hemoglobin or are they not affected by each other?

Should depleted iron stores always correlate with low hemoglobin or are they not affected by each other?

Hemoglobin has iron: Low iron levels reduces hemoglobin and changes its structure. Elevated iron doesn't increase hemoglobin past a certain point, it just gets deposited into tissue and organs. ...Read more

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Is normal in baby 6 or 7 months to have low hemoglobin 50%? could be normal? Checked twice first 60%, second after use iron medicin less than month 50%

Is normal in baby 6 or 7 months to have low hemoglobin 50%? could be normal? Checked twice first 60%, second after use iron medicin less than month 50%

See below: Male Female
Newborns 43.4–56.1 37.4–55.9
6 months–2 years 30.9–37.0 31.2–37.2
2–6 years 31.7–37.7 32.0–37.1

50% is normal for a 6-7 month old baby. Normal ranges for male and female children are given above. ...Read more

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I have hemoglobin 10.6 (low).I have iron serum of 25 micrograms. Dl. Unsaturated IBC 358 High, Total TIBC 383 (normal) and % iron sat 7%. mean?

Unhealthy: You cannot expect us to give you any valid interpretation of labs when you only provide a few results. Your labs that you have shared represent that you are not a very healthy human. Your medical care and the interpretation of your labs should be urgently handled in person by the professional caring for you. The one that knows all of the details and your health history. ...Read more

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I have a high RDW but low Red and white cell and hemoglobin counts. Vit. B12 and iron are normal. What could this be? I've lost 18lbs in 6 mos

I have a high RDW but low Red and white cell and hemoglobin counts. Vit. B12 and iron are normal. What could this be? I've lost 18lbs in 6 mos

Further tests.: Unexplained weight loss and low blood cell counts, need further workup. See your doctor again and if no explanation or plan is given, then ask for a referral to a hematologist. You have the right to get another opinion, even more than one, till you are satisfied that the answer you received is adequate, either by finding the cause, or coming up with a plan if no cause is found. ...Read more

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My toddlers iron level at 9.1 and low hemoglobin consistently even although he eats a diet rich in iron and vit c. What can cause this?

My toddlers iron level at 9.1 and low hemoglobin consistently even although he eats a diet rich in iron and vit c. What can cause this?

Needs iron supplemen: Your son seems to have an iron deficiency anemia and needs iron supplement. Iron rich diet does not provide enough iron to elevate his hemoglobin level and replete iron reserve. Check with his pediatrician. ...Read more

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I have low hemoglobin/hematocrit but my iron levels are ok. Why?

I have low hemoglobin/hematocrit but my iron levels are ok. Why?

Various: Iron deficiency is only one of many factors that can cause anemia (low level of hemoglobin/hematocrit). Deficiency in other nutrient like vit b12, folate, (folic acid) or anemia due to other chronic inflammation/disease, destruction of the red blood cells, drug induced, bone marrow failure, bleeding, other red blood cell disorders etc can cause anemia as well. See you doctor and have further evaluation. ...Read more

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My iron is low. Hemoglobin low side of normal, ferritin 7, saturation 9%. Dr suggested iron ivs. Is this safe? Risks side effects and chances of thwm.

It's your call: I think they're safe enough, the chances of serious harm from them is low, and you'll feel better faster. Some folks do get sickish during the infusion. I do trust that a cause for your iron deficiency has been sought adequately -- I've seen colon cancer missed in a woman in her 20's with fatal results. If you're deficient due to monthy loss, talk about supplements; if from reflux, Rx'ing this. ...Read more

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My father has low hemoglobin he has had 5 bags of blood and 1 bag of iron in the last three weeks after all this his level is now at 119 and falling?

My father has low hemoglobin he has had 5 bags of blood and 1 bag of iron in the last three weeks after all this his level is now at 119 and falling?

Anemia: It sounds as if your father is either not making enough red blood cells or they are being destroyed or lost. A complete workout should be done to determine if this is an error and blood cell production or if he is losing blood cells. ...Read more

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I have hemoglobin 10.6 (low).I have iron serum of 25 micrograms. Dl. Unsaturated IBC 358 High, Total TIBC 383 (normal) and % iron sat 7%.IS it IDA/ACD?

I have hemoglobin 10.6 (low).I have iron serum of 25 micrograms. Dl. Unsaturated IBC 358 High, Total TIBC 383 (normal) and % iron sat 7%.IS it IDA/ACD?

Need more info: A hemoglobin of 10.6 is low or an adult. The serum iron of 25 is also low as is the percent saturation. I like to do a ferritin level also. Ladies who are menstruating should be on iron replacement at least on the days of their menses. Please speak to your physician about iron preparations. Good luck. ...Read more

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Do you know a reason alkaline phosphate, RBC, Hemocrit, and Hemoglobin levels would all be low, but total iron would be in the normal-high range?

Do you know a reason alkaline phosphate, RBC, Hemocrit, and Hemoglobin levels would all be low, but total iron would be in the normal-high range?

See below: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, it might have helped to have the actual values rather than your interpretation of high and low. ...Read more

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Woman 41 years old - vegetarian for 20 years, has hemoglobin 12.5 (low), iron serum 28.5 (high), platelet count 415 (high) and sedimentation 9.?

Woman 41 years old - vegetarian for 20 years, has hemoglobin 12.5 (low), iron serum 28.5 (high), platelet count 415 (high) and sedimentation 9.?

Question is unclear: It is very difficult to diagnose problems by just having a few lab numbers and not getting the whole clinical picture. There just isn't enough information to make a statement about the cause of your anemia with just these lab numbers. ...Read more

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What do blood results mean? TIBC, Hemoglobin, Hematocrit, RBC & MCH all LOW. Retic count & RDW are HIGH. Iron, Tran Sat, Ferriten, MCV NORMAL

What do blood results mean? TIBC, Hemoglobin, Hematocrit, RBC & MCH all LOW. Retic count & RDW are HIGH. Iron, Tran Sat, Ferriten, MCV NORMAL

Anemia: Your results indicate anemia. The cause requires identification. Strong possibilities from high retic count include blood cell hemolysis (breakdown) or blood loss from your body. Needs more attention as soon as possible. ...Read more

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What do these results mean? RBC, Hemoglobin, Neutrophil %, Iron % Saturation and AB Neutrophil all low? High Lymphocyte % and trace Lymphocyte in UA.

What do these results mean? RBC, Hemoglobin, Neutrophil %, Iron % Saturation and AB Neutrophil all low? High Lymphocyte % and trace Lymphocyte in UA.

Nothing on their own: Lab values mean nothing apart from a history and physical exam. That being said, what is most concerning is the likelihood that you are iron deficient. Even more concerning would be your feeling you have to ask us rather than your personal physician, who I hope will soon have a frank talk about your anemia and the need for a serious workup to find the cause. Your life's on the line. Be proactive. ...Read more

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Prolactin (high), neutrophils (high), hemoglobin iron, eosinophils, hematocrit, lymphocytes, lutenizing hormone low in my bloodwork help plz! I'm 16?

Prolactin (high), neutrophils (high), hemoglobin iron, eosinophils, hematocrit, lymphocytes, lutenizing hormone low in my bloodwork help plz! I'm 16?

Complete Testing: The tests you mention and the accompanying results suggest that you are already seeing a physician who ordered these tests. These test are typically ordered for fairly complex evaluation of disorders of menstruation. The differential diagnosis can be fairly serious including tumors of the brain. Complete the testing. Keep your followup appointments. ...Read more

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I have low hemoglobin/hematocrit but my iron levels are that of a healthy person; a liver problem?

I have low hemoglobin/hematocrit but my iron levels are that of a healthy person; a liver problem?

Anemia: The list of things that can cause anemia is too long to list here, but it includes many other things besides iron deficiency. It is important that you undergo evaluation by a hematologist in order to receive the correct diagnosis and determine the appropriate therapy. ...Read more

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How many points eg on blood tests can low hemoglobin rise per week once getting adequate iron intake?

How many points eg on blood tests can low hemoglobin rise per week once getting adequate iron intake?

Variable: It varies based on the age and bone marrow response but usually it requires several week to see change. You see a rise of less than 1gram of hemoglobin per week ...Read more

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I have low hemoglobin and iron already, and am now losing more blood due to menstruation. Could this cause more issues?

I have low hemoglobin and iron already, and am now losing more blood due to menstruation. Could this cause more issues?

Anemia: Without knowing what the hemoglobin level is, it is difficult to comment on possible concern. If you are below a hemoglobin of 10, it may require iron supplementation, assuming there is no other reason for the apparent blood loss. See your healthcare provider for a consultation and analysis. ...Read more

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I had a blood transfusion due to low hemoglobin. My iron level was 6 and is now 9 after two units. I still feel weak and really tired after 3 days?

I had a blood transfusion due to low hemoglobin. My iron level was 6 and is now 9 after two units. I still feel weak and really tired after 3 days?

Of course you do: You are still seriously anemic. Be proactive. Insist on an explanation of how you got this sick and what wil be done to restore you to health. If you have a bleeding stomach ulcer, what will be done? If you have hemolysis, what is the cause? G6PD status? Were you malnourished? You deserve a full explanation. ...Read more

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Low hemoglobin 9.7, hematocrit 30.7, mch24.9, platelets 419, uibc 390, iron, serum 17 iron saturation 4% what does this mean?

Low hemoglobin 9.7, hematocrit 30.7, mch24.9, platelets 419, uibc 390, iron, serum 17 iron saturation 4% what does this mean?

Iron deficiency: One with the above numbers has iron deficiency anemia. C doc, who'll ask questions in order to narrow down causes, then probably refer you for endoscopy, colonoscopy, +/-ct abd/pelvis, or +/- gyn, or +/- heme/onc depending on symptoms/ clinical findings, and most suspected cause for blood loss. This does not require emergency room visit, unless one is having acute blood loss (ex. Lo bp, black stool). ...Read more

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Is hemoglobin a good indicator of iron levels if high orlow iron levels?

Is hemoglobin a good indicator of iron levels if high orlow iron levels?

Yes, in general: If the iron level is low for long enough the hemoglobin will go down. So a normal hemoglobin level tells us that there is no significan iron deficiency...Yet you can have mild iron deficit yet have a normal hemoglobin. So it does not equate with iron levels exactly but more or less...So it is good, not a perfect substitute. ...Read more

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My Iron, Serum is 156 and my Hemoglobin is 14.9. I know these are within normal ranges but still high. What can I do to bring them down?

My Iron, Serum is 156 and my Hemoglobin is 14.9. I know these are within normal ranges but still high. What can I do to bring them down?

More labs are needed: High iron may be a sign of an iron storage problem. I recommend checking a serum ferritin and further iron studies to rule out hemochromatosis. ...Read more

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I was told since my hemoglobin was w/in normal range iron could not be high. But my HGB amounts stayed same & iron, serum increased (for 3 yrs) Why?

Need more info: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, Iron levels can be both high and low with normal hemoglobin. It would have helped to know the actual values. ...Read more

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My hemoglobin and iron levels are high and causes headach and my period skips for months. What can cause this?

My hemoglobin and iron levels are high and causes headach and my period skips for months. What can cause this?

Difficult to answer: When you say high do you mean "in the normal range"? I ask this question because its important. If truly high than your symptoms maybe related to serious diseases that would require prompt diagnosis and treatment. If so, please contact your primary care provider. ...Read more

Iron (Definition)

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