Anthony Bray MD : Hello!
Anthony Bray MD : i think that your serum iron and B 12 should be checked.
Anthony Bray MD : B12 deficiency occurs in 90 % of cases due to malabsorption and not due to dietary deficiency. It is the most complex absorption of any nutrient...
Anthony Bray MD : iron deficiency may occur due to subtle losses...
So I could be iron deficient even though the rest of my blood count results were normal? She said I wasn't anaemic.
Anthony Bray MD : these two seem to be the main standouts as your history and other tests seem to be in pretty good shape as far as the most common causes of fatigue...
Anthony Bray MD : Yes you may become iron deficient before you become anemic.
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So I should ask for these tests? She didn't seem to be very bothered by the raised MCV and didn't offer me any further tests..
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Anthony Bray MD : Smoking may cause elevated MCV as well as drinking folate deficiency and B12 deficiency....
Anthony Bray MD : So from your history the B12 and iron would be the main things that I see that would need to be checked. Sed rate and C reactive protein would be useful as sensitive markers of inflammation.