help on blood test results Please

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Natpar
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   Posted 10/16/2008 9:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I recently had my blood work done, and it came back with low TSH, was sent to a specialist and he said Graves Disease. They did more blood work and said that it came back showing my hemoglobin and hemocrit was elevated and wanted to test my B12 and Folate. Did that and came back with the B12 at 276 and folate was fine, said that even though the B12 was within the normal range it was on the low side of it, so they want me to start taking B12 daily 1000mg. When I saw the specialist for the first time he did start me on meds for my thyroid. But I am not sure if there is something else going on. Any suggestions or comments on where to go from here? I guess I am just trying to figure out if this is all one disease or if they are just treating each symptom. I am sorry if I am posting this in the wrong area, but when I looked up the symptoms this was the only thing that came up.
 
Natalie

ZenaWP
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   Posted 10/16/2008 10:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Natalie, I believe there are some people on this forum with B12 deficiencies, so maybe they can respond about the B12.  I was diagnosed with Graves Disease, but then my thyroid went from overactive to underactive and my diagnosis was changed to Hashimoto's Thyroiditis.  It is an autoimmune disease but I don't think it shares many symptoms with Crohn's, so I'm not sure what symptoms brought you to this site.   Hopefully someone else can help you with the B12 question.
Crohn's Disease, Acid Reflux/Gastritis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Endometriosis, Arthritis, Depression/Anxiety.  Too many meds to list them all.  =) 


Natpar
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   Posted 10/16/2008 10:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I was just searching under the high hemoglobin and low B12 is how I found your posting. I guess I just thought that someone might know more about the blood work side of it than I seem to know.

Thanks, I hope someone will be able to help me figure this out.

Osprey101
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   Posted 10/16/2008 10:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Low B12 is not unusual, particularly if you don't eat a lot of meat. There is no vegan source of B12. However, it's unusual to have a high hemoglobin and hematocrit if you're not getting a lot of iron- and the animal sources of iron are the best. These symptoms don't seem to jibe well with Graves disease, but I know little about the disorder. See also:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graves_disease

Good luck!

Natpar
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   Posted 10/16/2008 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, I will check out the site that you mentioned, I do eat alot of meat, matter of fact I am probably prefer meat over the veggies. Thanks for the reply, and site.

Natalie
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