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Low Hb Count
I got my CBC done.I have low hb, low total count, lowpvc, low mcv, low mch, low mchc, high rdw.What does it mean? Other parameters wbcand platelets normal.
Low Ferritin Level: Both your ferritin (iron stores) and your hemoglobin are low. Have you had blood loss? Is this a new issue for you? If you do not know why your levels are low, then you need to work with a doctor to figure that out. Ferritin should be at least 40 for fatigue, and 60 if you have restless legs syndrome. ...Read more
Iron deficient: If these are the standard units for ferritin, this is low. Unless you've had some recent pregnancies or very heavy periods or have an iron-poor diet, you need to find the cause of your iron deficiency. We don't want to miss a bleeding stomach ulcer or something else treatable. The iron deficiency itself will be enough to slow you down some; you deserve better health. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Once daily: You need to address the cause of your anemia. Taking iron will not help immediately and is unlikely to help if you continue to have blood loss. Taking more is not better; simple side effects include severe constipation. In excess, iron can be very poisonous. Be careful and ask your ob/gyn if you are a candidate for a myomectomy (fibroid surgery). ...Read more
My 9month old son has low hb even though he seems fine and eats alright. His sickling status is negative. What can be wrong?
More info needed: Is patient breast or bottle fed? Has patient been on any vitamin supplement? Any iron supplement? What are the blood counts--are they really anemic or at the low normal for age? Was infant premature? How has pediatrician caring for child advised the family--including introduction of solid foods-- good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am having low hb since my childhood. I am 21 years old. Its always around 8-8.5 . What should I do to increase it naturally? I am vegetarian.
See your doctor or a: Hematologist (blood specialist) to determine if you have thalassemia, sickle-cell disease, g6pd deficiency or other inherited hemoglobinopathy that destroys red blood cells. Other causes are not making enough red blood cells, having dietary iron deficiency or losing microscopic amounts of blood from intestines or bladder on a long- term basis. Being chronically anemic can impact your health. ...Read more
My hb is 8.7, htc 53.1. How come? As far as I know, normally hb is 1/3 htc. So how can my hb be as low as that? Lab error or indicate something...?
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