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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.

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.

Microcytic anemia: You need to have the cause determined. Even if it's common iron deficiency, you need to figure out why along with your physician. Don't accept anything short of a full explanation. Anemia is always serious. Best wishes for better health. ...Read more

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Can a patient of low hb marry with his 1st cousion?.

Can a patient of low hb marry with his 1st cousion?.

You shouldn't.: There is a prohibition on marrying a close relative, because of the increased risk of genetic malformations in the children. Please talk to your md and consider other options. ...Read more

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What to do if I have low ferritin of 4 an hb of 9 is this an issue ?

What to do if I have low ferritin of 4 an hb of 9 is this an issue ?

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

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What are the signs of having low hb level. I want to know all the signs of having low blood?

What are the signs of having low hb level. I want to know all the signs of having low blood?

Pale skin ; fatigue: Also loss of energy, shortness of breath with minimal exercise, headache, dizziness, difficulty in concentrating, leg cramps, difficulty in sleeping or concentrating, rapid pulse. ...Read more

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My hb is 11.6 and ferritin is 10 how low is this and what would be the treatment?

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 more

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How many times can I take iron pills if my hb is very low?

How many times can I take iron pills if  my hb is very low?

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

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What to do if I have low MCV and hct with hb 12.7 what does it mean.and mchc38.8?

What to do if I have low MCV and hct with hb 12.7 what does it mean.and mchc38.8?

Evaluate it: Are you iron deficient? Do you have thalassemia minor? Is there another cause? Insist that your physician explain the workup to you. ...Read more

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My 9month old son has low hb even though he seems fine and eats alright. His sickling status is negative. What can be wrong?

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 more

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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.

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

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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...?

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...?

Your volume of red: blood cells are higher than normal but not enough hemoglobin in them . You may have macrositic anemia due to vit b12 or folate (folic acid) deficiency. I hope this helps. For more answer make a virtual appointment at www.healthtap.com/dryetimyan ...Read more