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Low Hemoglobin

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Well, I failed out again at the 'test the iron' stage of the blood donation attempt. I have yet to pass. This time, however, because of tracking my food on Sparkpeople, I *know* that I have consumed enough dietary iron. Previously, who knows. I ate way too much mac & cheese, cheese sandwich, and processed boxed lunches to really know if I was getting enough or not. Now I do know, and I am.
But, my hemoglobin count is still very low. Not just 'too low for blood donation' low, as the cutoff is high on purpose. No, its just too low. Ironically, today I was lower than I have been in months, only 109. My grandfather, who has a blood disease that affects his iron count (and who needed blood transfusions to ensure he had enough hemoglobin; one of my reasons for wanting to donate), now has a hemoglobin count higher than I do.
I think its time I take this up wtih my doctor. I hate being the kind of patient who brings 'maybe' problems; I know they're too busy to deal wth hypochondriac crap. But, knowing I'm eating enough iron and yet stll testing far too low for hemoglobin tells me there might actually be a problem. And getting proper tests at the doctor's is the only way to know for sure.
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    Low iron levels are not a "hypochondriac" issue. You tell him you want the test, you tell him why, you get the test. Otherwise, you get a new doctor. There cab be lots of reasons for low iron, and some of them are pretty minor and easy to treat, but that doesn't mean you live with low iron levels.

    You really do need to talk to the doctor. It's his job. It's not a "maybe" problem. You need a blood test. Then, maybe, all you'll need is supplements, but you;ll still need occasional tests to be sure that the supplements are keeping your iron levels where you need them to be. Low iron levels put all kinds of stress on your body that doesn't need to be there.

    So, when is your appointment?
    2597 days ago
    Oh, its definately not that issue either (and my grandfather isn't related to me), but its a concern. I've 'suspected' I'm anemic for a long while, but it would be nice to have proof. One way or the other.
    2597 days ago
    By all means you need to get that checked out, having a heavy period can cause low iron, but an issue in the family is a whole differnt story.
    2597 days ago
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