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My hubby had his blood checked. the first time tests on

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My hubby had his blood checked. the first time tests on hemoglobin and cholesterol were so low that Dr reran the tests which came back even lower. What do you think is going on? He didn't give us any ideas excep to schedule a colonoscopy and prescribed a cat scan. Hubby has been extremely tired, sleeping a lot and his eyes say he's uncomfortable.
JA: Do you know if your family has a history of heart disease? In general, how would you describe your health lately?
Customer: Mother had a defibulator
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: Father had diverticulitis
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 2 months ago.

Hi there,
This is Dr Basu, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.
I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.

Liver disease can cause low cholesterol.
Low hemoglobin level can be due to the iron deficiency, vitamin B12 deficiency, or bone marrow problem.
Certain malignancies can cause such changes for example.
Do you have his detailed labs here?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I do not have access to his lab work. We are going to try to bump up his cat scan and pre-colonoscopy appointments for the beginning of next week rather than end of next week. He is very ill.
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 2 months ago.

That is reasonable approach.
He should be admitted to hospital if his condition deteriorates further.
CT scan should include chest, abdomen and pelvis to look for any tumor or its spread.
Peripheral blood smear is also required to look for any blood cell malignancy.
Serum and urine protein electrophoresis also required to check for paraproteinemias like multiple myeloma.
Best wishes