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Valerie, I just got some blood work back. My RbC is 5.4,

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Hi Valerie, I just got some blood work back. My RbC is 5.4, hemoglobin 16.9, and hematocrit 50.1. My CO2 is slightly low.
I had the blood work because my legs and arms occasionally feel heavy. Any help would be amazing!
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 2 years ago.
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How old are you?
Are you male or female?
Are you taking any medicine?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I am 34, woman. I have been through many fertility treatments over the past year and am currently on metformin and nature thyroid 2x daily.My symptoms are tingling in my legs sometimes throughout the day. Sometimes I do have a quick
Shortness of breath. I did have a chest X-ray last year and it was normal, but did show a small pocket in which sometimes I need to overcompensate with breathing.
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Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for the information,
Your RBC count is within normal limits.
The hemoglobin & hematocrit levels are mildly higher.
Those can be associated with low oxygen level or hypoxia.
This can occur in lung conditions like bronchitis.
Hyperventilation can cause low CO 2 level.
You can discuss those points with your doctor.
I hope this information helps.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Will a general doc be able to help me or should I go to a specialist? If so, what kind?Do you think I have PV? Or would
my levels be higher?Would the lack of oxygen cause the tingling?
Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 2 years ago.
In PV levels will be higher.
The levels do not suggest PV.
You can see your Primary doctor.
Electrolyte or gas changes can cause tingling.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
How many electrolytes should I drink per day? And what do you mean by gas? Can I address these? Sorry... These are the last questions!
Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 2 years ago.
Gas means levels of oxygen, carbon dioxide.
Electrolyte level needs to be checked in blood if you have not checked it.
Low level of calcium is a frequent cause of tingling.