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Unexplained Anemia

By April 29, 2010 - 5:21am
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MY CBC blood panel came back showing that I am anemic. I am concerned because my Ferritn and Iron levels were within normal range. My HGB is 9.2L and my Hemtacrit is 29.6L/RDW is low as well. Ferritan was a 61. I did have weightloss surgery 5 years ago and just last year had surgery for twisted intestines. What could be wrong with me? I am scheduled to see a hematologist for further testing.

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I had unexplained anemia for months. At the same time, I craved ice, ate mostly cereal, and was working many hours a week. An oncological hema- tologist put me on ferrous sulfate. Not long after, I had hiatal hernia surgery, and 2 years later, another hiatal hernia surgery that I barely survived. Somewhere, in investigating the pica (ice eating), I found a reference to hiatal hernia in the same article. Are these conditions related to one another? I'm very afraid of another episode.

January 18, 2012 - 9:54pm

The most common type of anemia is iron-deficiency anemia, but since your iron levels are within normal range, other forms of anemia are caused by many different factors, some caused (or associated with) recent surgery.

Review our anemia page: https://www.empowher.com/media/reference/anemia and let us know what questions you have. There are so many types of anemia that is impossible for us to know what type you have, what it is caused from, and what your treatment options are. It is great that you are seeing a specialist, and please know that most types of anemia are easily treated with diet or medications.

Please take care of yourself, let us know if you have any specific questions, and keep us updated after you see the hematologist!

April 29, 2010 - 1:33pm
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