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That level is pretty low, but how serious it is would depend partly on what the person's hemoglobin normally is
Can you tell me more about the reason for this blood test?
What were prior blood tests like?
Was the test done around the time of menstruation?
aching foot and calves, have bowel movement every other day an slight chest pains 2-3 months ago.
i also completed menstruation about 1 week prior to test
It sounds like you are very anemic. Both low in blood cells as well as in the iron that should fill those blood cells
This usually occurs from blood loss
For someone who has heavy menstruation that could happen
Did your doctor do (or send you for) a test to see if there is blood in your stool?
my last menstruation was very heavy. but will this cause chest pains and the foot/calves ache?
There is not enough oxygen going around your body
Are you still having the same syptoms or are they improving?
Is there a 'reticulocyte' or 'retic' count listed?
also approx 4 months ago my stool was checked for blood and it as negative...yes i am having the foot pains and slight chest pain about 5 days ago.
shortness of breath?
do you know what your levels for hemoglobin were on your last test?
no shortness of breath
Do you know your retic / reticulocyte count?
by the way my globulin cnt is 4.1
unknown retic count
If you continue being symptomatic then there is a chance that you will need a blood transfusion (that is the worst case scenario)
You also will need to be taking iron supplements, and your doctor might want you to take a medication such as erythropoetin to increase your red blood cell production.
If your retic count is very high then that would mean that your body is doing the job by itself and erythropoetin would not be indicated.
This is certainly something that needs to be monitored, and the reason for it needs to be found.
thank you so much . any other suggestions?
It the reason is your menstruation then chances are that you have fibroids which need to be dealt with
The main thing is to get lots of iron into you in a usable form. Dark leafy vegetables have iron as well