I've had a low red blood cell count, low hematocrit and low hemoglobin for over a year, and a low white blood cell count since 2005 (this is one reason I suspect I have Ehrlichia/Anaplasmosis in addition to Lyme and Bartonella). Iron levels themselves tend to run low to normal but a bone marrow biopsy in 2006 showed 0 iron stores, and at the time nobody treated the iron deficiency then or since until now. Now that my Naturopath is in control of my TPN (i.e., my nutrition), he has me getting IV iron 3 times a week to try and bring up the RBC, hematocrit and hemoglobin. But I didn't want to make the infections worse so I was asking because of that.
I was diagnosed clincially with Bartonella despite negative tests, and I do have a lot of Bartonella symptoms. Fry labs said I was clear of all coinfections (had the whole enchilada of tests they offer, and all came up negative). I don't fit the symptom profile of Babesia, but I do fit some of the symptoms for Ehrlichia/Anaplasmosis.
Thanks for your insights,
Chronic Lyme Disease, Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication/Chemical Allergies & Intolerances, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD ("Secondary Lupus-Like Syndrome"), Osteoporosis, Pancytopenia, chronic malabsorption/malnutrition, etc.; G-Tube; Currently TPN-dependent.
Meds: Zofran, Pulmicort, Heparin (to flush PICC line), Claritin, Colloidal Silver (used topically), IV Milk Thistle, probiotics.