Severe anemia...

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Cyborg Ninja
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   Posted 1/28/2008 3:24 PM (GMT -6)   
My doctor's office called and said my blood work showed that I had severe anemia. This was from last week. However, if you guys remember, I got a severe stomach virus and couldn't eat much for days. On top of that, it was that time of the month... I'm wondering if maybe I am/was only anemic because of those two things. Do you think it is only temporary? I guess I will find out officially in three weeks when I have my followup.
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   Posted 1/28/2008 3:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Anemia can be caused by many different things. Iron-deficiency anemia is just one of many different types of anemia. Anemia can also be caused by a deficiency in B12 or folate, can be autoimmune, or due to chemotherapeutic drugs...the list really goes on and on. Women do tend to become anemic more easily because of menstruation and inadequate intake, but if you get a CBC every so often they should have picked up on this months ago. Do you have a copy of your blood work?
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   Posted 1/28/2008 8:38 PM (GMT -6)   
It could be due to those things, but it usually won't cause such a severity on a fluke. I'd consider getting your labs pulled when you aren't menstrating last time so you know it's not due to that and see where things are at.

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   Posted 1/30/2008 1:47 AM (GMT -6)   
mine was discovered cos at the time i was time i was getting labs done every month or so for 6-mp. i didnt feel anemic but my hem was like 8 and rbc and wbc were super low. i eventually needed a transfusion. felt good for 2 months then the whole thing happened again. now i seem to be doing ok. i think part of it could be cos i got OFF the 6-mp as it can cause bone marrow suppression (i was on it for 11 years or so). my blood work is great now and hopefully the mystery anemia i was dealing with last year is now a thing of the past but i was taking iron supplements and b-12 supplements for months to get to where i am now.

follow the advice of the previous posters. that should help narrow things down. i've heard from many women at my work that they become clinically anemic when auntie flow visits, so part of it could be in your genes. i dont see how a stomach virus and not eating can make you anemic based on the definition of anemia.
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