Just found out I'm Anemic...

  1. I had blood taken on Saturday and today we found out that I am anemic. I have been taking a multivitamin and iron pills, so why was my iron count so low? Also my white bloodcell count was about 30 I think and normally it's supposed to be 40...am I right? Well my doctor said that I have to take a multivitamin that has iron (which mine does) and iron pills (which i already take) and something for my bowels. colon something....I think? My iron count was about 18 when it's normally supposed to be 25 i think? So what foods are good for me to eat. I know a lot of meat, and green veggies, but are there any others?

    Thanks for your help...

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  3. by   fedupnurse
    Sounds like you need a second opinion! If your doc is telling you to do what you already are doing, I would think a prudent doc would want to investigate why you are anemic. A lot would depend on your diet and such as to why you are iron deficient. What kind of bowel problems are you having? Are you a vegetarian? Do you have bleeding/bruising problems? I would strongly suggest you get a second opinion and possibly further blood work. I would if I were in your shoes!
    Best of luck to you.
  4. by   CEN35

    it is really hard to say on the info given?

    a) what's you h&h?


    b) what is your wbc?

    1)what's the diff? (i.e. neutraphils and lymphocytes)

    c) chemistries......more importantly the bun and creatinine.

    d) ferratin level (which is different from iron (i.e. fe+)

    e) possibly a tibc?

    put them all together you will be more likely to come up with an answer, rather than just one or two tests.


  5. by   MPHkatie
    This is a much more accurate idea of your use and levels, your doc should be ordering one. I went into my student health center when I was absoloutely exhausted and found that all my levels were way low, but the ferritin clinched it.
    Iron pills are best absorbed when taken without milk products and with something like Orange Juice. (the milk/dairy blocks absorbtion, so if you are taking it in the am with cereal and milk, you're probably not getting your iron.) I had to change my entire diet, and I had to change the type of iron supplement to one that was easily absorbed, now I feel great. They didn't figure out the cuase, but I suspect it was my extremely picky eating habits that caused it.