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What could low red blood cell distribution indicate. Also have high total protein. Dr. Looking for autoimmune conditions.

What could low red blood cell distribution indicate. Also have high total protein. Dr. Looking for autoimmune conditions.

Unrelated: There are no diseases associated with a low red cell distribution width (RDW). A high total protein does not in and of itself suggest the presence of autoimmune disease. ...Read more

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What does this mean? "red blood cell distribut width" 14.4 % (11.6 - 14.0)

What does this mean? "red blood cell distribut width" 14.4 % (11.6 - 14.0)

Not much: This test is of limited value. All you need to know is that your hemoglobin (hb) is normal...That is all you need to worry about the red blood cells. If the hb is low, then you need to have your doctor find the cause and treat it. ...Read more

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What can cause a low red blood cell count?

What can cause a low red blood cell count?

Anemia can be due to: Low red blood count is best measured as hemoglobin (hb) level. Normal hb level is over 12 grams. If yours is below 12 grams, go see your doctor as you will need to get some additional blood tests done, like checking your blood iron levels. The commonest cause of low red count is iron defiiciency (in women particulalrly). ...Read more

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What could a low red blood cell count indicate?

What could a low red blood cell count indicate?

Many causes: Chronic blood loss in menstrual blood, abnormal bleeding in intestine, nutritional, deficiencies, especially iron; lead poisoning, thalassemia, leukemia, hemolytic anemia etc.
If you have low red blood count it should be investigated by a doctor. ...Read more

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What are some possible causes of low red blood cell count?

What are some possible causes of low red blood cell count?

Anemia: Anemia is term used for low red blood cells or low hemoglobin. Acute anemia can be due to blood loss due to any cause. Chronic anemia due to slow blood loss, like menstrual loss, peptic ulcer disease, iron, b12, folate (folic acid) deficiencies, hypothyroidism, chemotherapy, drugs etc. ...Read more

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I get cold and I have had my blood tested and have a low red blood cell count. What kind of problems cause this thing and what test do I need to have?

I get cold and I have had my blood tested and have a low red blood cell count. What kind of problems cause this thing and what test do I need to have?

Anemia: There are many ways to become anemic. May not makeenouh blod, may be destroying blood or bloo could be getting destroyed. Need to see youbphysician. M. ...Read more

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What might cause someone to have low hemoglobin and low red blood cell count?

What might cause someone to have low hemoglobin and low red blood cell count?

Get evaluated: The causes of anemia (low hemoglobin) are many. You need an evaluation with a history and physical exam. Some initial studies include -- CBC w/diff, peripheral blood smear, reticulocyte count, EPO level, fecal occult blood testing and possibly others (eg ua, vitamin studies, etc). ...Read more

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What is the reason for the low red blood cell count and the high proportion of reticulocytes?

What is the reason for the low red blood cell count and the high proportion of reticulocytes?

Can't say & resupply: Low red cell count is either from lack of production, early destruction, or loss (= bleeding). That part of question depends on your Dr's eval and testing. Reticulocytes are young (/"immature") red blood cells. When RBCs are needed, production in bone marrow ramps up and cells are released a little early, which can tell on CBC. ...Read more

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I am an anemic with low red blood cell count, how should I address my conditions?

I am an anemic with low red blood cell count, how should I address my conditions?

Anemic: Treat the cause of anemia. Many different causes lead to different kinds of anemia and very different types of treatment. ...Read more

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Was diagnosed as having a low red blood cell count by my doctor, was also given pills but is there an type foods I can take to increase its levels.

Was diagnosed as having a low red blood cell count by my doctor, was also given pills but is there an type foods I can take to increase its levels.

Need more info: What type of pills? Unless you have bad reaction to the pills, you should continue taking those.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. 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. ...Read more

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What causes a low red blood cell count, a low white blood cell count, and low blood sugar?

What causes a low red blood cell count, a low white blood cell count, and low blood sugar?

How low?: 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 know the actual values as low is not a unit of measure.
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. ...Read more

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What could cause low red blood cell count, but normal hemoglobin and hematocrit levels? Also, if it matters, which apparently it doesn't?

Red blood count is n: We rely more on hemoglobin and hematocrit levels than or red cell counts. So you can ignore your red cell count right now. ...Read more

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Low red blood cell count, high platelets and high MCH on lab test. What can it mean?

Low red blood cell count, high platelets and high MCH on lab test. What can it mean?

Depends: It depends upon how abnormal the counts are. Laboratory normals are set at the laboratory level and do not indicate normal for everyone. Values slightly outside the range may be completely normal for you and not for another person. This is where your doctor uses their experience and personal knowledge of your case. ...Read more

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Recently had a CT scan & blood work. Would the drs. Have seen from blood work if I was anemic or if I had low red blood cell count?

Recently had a CT scan & blood work. Would the drs. Have seen from blood work if I was anemic or if I had low red blood cell count?

Yes, if they ordered: CBC, it will be all there, and even the type of anemia too. Be patient, and see your doctor for follow up. The bigger concern is the cause of the anemia and why they needed to do the CT scan to begin with. Take a friend or family member, so you have another set of ears, eyes hearing the discussion. That helps! ...Read more

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Elevated indirect bilirubin, normal direct bilirubin, low red blood cell count, normal white blood cell count, iron overload (83), enlarged spleen?

Elevated indirect bilirubin, normal direct bilirubin, low red blood cell count, normal white blood cell count, iron overload (83), enlarged spleen?

Need more informatio: We can not comment on these blood tests without knowing your hemoglobin and hematocrit andtotal rbc level. Total iron, iron binding capacity and most important ferritin level
also need to know the values of liver enzymes;level of indirect bilirubin
i suggest you consult your doctor who may have all this information and can tell you if anything needs to be done or just follow up. ...Read more

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Tsh 5.4, T4 7.6 plus low red blood cell count, high ldl, hdl, vldl & triglycerides r high. What other test can tell me what caused my thyroid to stop?

Tsh 5.4, T4 7.6 plus low red blood cell count, high ldl, hdl, vldl & triglycerides r high. What other test can tell me what caused my thyroid to stop?

It doesn't matter: A test of antithyroid antibodies may suggest that thyroiditis caused your decline in thyroid level, but it doesn't matter since the appropriate therapy is brand name T4 replacement, no matter what the cause. Also, your minimal level of thyroid deficiency is insufficient to cause you lipid abnormalities. Look for other causes, such as genetics, weight, diet, inactivity, etc. ...Read more

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Can u die from low red blood cell count and what other side effects can you get, my body goes cold I get pins and needles in my hand and feet, get dizzy?

Can u die from low red blood cell count and what other side effects can you get, my body goes cold I get pins and needles in my hand and feet, get dizzy?

See your PCP: Anemia is the most common blood condition in the U.S. If you have too few or abnormal red blood cells, your body will not get enough oxygen. Left untreated, anemia can cause numerous complications and death. Treatments for anemia range from taking supplements to receiving medical procedures. See your primary care doctor. ...Read more

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1 kidney+long-severe orthostatic hypotension (~77/35)+low red blood cell count (~3)+hemoglbin (9.5)+dehydrated. Use Aranesp (2 so far).Shall stop Exforge (amlodipine and valsartan)?

1 kidney+long-severe orthostatic hypotension (~77/35)+low red blood cell count (~3)+hemoglbin (9.5)+dehydrated. Use Aranesp (2 so far).Shall stop Exforge (amlodipine and valsartan)?

Yes!: Orthostatic hypotension can be a sign of volume depletion ("dehydration"). You should see your doctor and hold off on exforge (amlodipine and valsartan) for the time being. Indication for Aranesp is not obvious. Suggest you consult nephrologist. ...Read more

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Why would my red blood cell count be high and low?

Why would my red blood cell count be high and low?

Anemia or polycythem: Many conditions that cause anemia can cause your red cells to go low including blood loss, blood destruction and overproduction. Excess red cells can result from chronic hypnotic states and various forms of polycythemias. ...Read more

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Is there something that can cause my red blood cell count to fall as low as a 6?

Is this your Hemoglo: Red cell count runs into 4-5 million cell count range. If yours is 6...You probaly are talking about hemoglobin (hb) level. This is normally 12-14 grams. Anything less than 12 is called anemia. Anything below 10 grams will make you feel weak, and less than 8 grams requires a blood transfusion. So you should go see your doctor and find the cause which will require doing further tests. ...Read more

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I just started bleeding brow blood and its not my time of the month and I had to get to things of blood bc my red blood cell cound is low. I need help?

Need more info: Your message did not provide sufficient information. However, it your red blood cell count is low, you should take oral iron supplements available over the counter. Take the pills with meals and take a fiber laxative like Metamucil if constipation is an issue. It would be prudent to see your gynecologist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Is 4.2 too low for white cell count and 4.1 for red blood cell count?

Is 4.2 too low for white cell count and 4.1 for red blood cell count?

No: In most labs a low normal WBC cut off is about 4. Rbc not all that important. Clinical numbers of import are hemogolbin (HGB) and hematocrit (hct). ...Read more

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I have a low-ish red blood cell count of 135. Is that dangerously low? Would there be any symptoms at levels like that? Headaches? Etc.

I have a low-ish red blood cell count of 135. Is that dangerously low? Would there be any symptoms at levels like that? Headaches? Etc.

Low blood count: What is your Hemoglobin? You should have at least 4.5 million cell/ml of blood, so 135 million cell/ml is too low. Provide us with the whole CBC count. ...Read more

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Labs, hematocrit high 46.9, MCHC low at 31.9 and red blood cell high at 5.16. Had labs done myself. What could cause this. Anxious something's wrong!

Labs, hematocrit high 46.9, MCHC low at 31.9 and red blood cell high at 5.16. Had labs done myself. What could cause this. Anxious something's wrong!

Try HealthTap PRIME: Lab results usually are numbers, and numbers are just numbers, with little meaning unless a doctor takes in the whole picture of what's going on with his patient. "Creating patient anxiety" is one of the arguments against people doing their own lab tests. One can try HealthTap PRIME for a virtual consultation, in which a doctor can ask questions and look over the lab results, to explain them. ...Read more

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What can a raised red blood cell count, low MCV & low MCH mean?

What can a raised red blood cell count, low MCV & low MCH mean?

Polycythemia: Your red cells are increased and your mean cell volume is averaging smaller than usual, and your mean cell hemoglobin is lower than normal. Causes need to be investigated and include many, low oxygenation, renal issues, fast marrow output of blood erythopoietin levels and all have to correlated with your previously dx rare genetic dirorder. Do see your blood Smear or private doc ASAP, take care. ...Read more