I investigated my blood test results and have more information since my OB visit. Next step will be complaint letter to the rheumatoid doctor!
I was looking over my blood test results. The results show a low red blood cell count and a low hematocrit level. I have done some searching on that and found that the OB doctor was right on with what she told me today. My anemia has nothing to do with this pregnancy. Unless I do not understand what it is that I am reading. (That is very possible LOL!)
I found out there are many types of anemia that a person can have. What I did find out is that the anemia I have is called hemolytic anemia. If the anemia were linked to my pregnancy it would be iron-deficiency anemia, which would be determined by the level of hemoglobin. My hemoglobin is normal as the results show and the OB verified to me today with my appointment.
This is where the confusion sets in for me regarding my blood test results.
Now my MCV, MCH, MCHC and RDW all fall under normal. The MCV is nearly high but not quite. Now as I was searching through some information I found some information on this too.
MCV-mean corpuscular volume- if that was high it would mean one of the following, vitamin b-12 deficiency, iron deficiency, or folic acid deficiency. Lack of iron in the diet, thalassemia (a type of hereditary anemia), and chronic illness are the most common causes of microcytic anemia (low MCV). Normocytic anemia (normal MCV) can be caused by kidney and liver disease, bone marrow disorders, or excessive bleeding or hemolysis of the red blood cells.
MCHC-mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration- Lack of iron in the diet and thalassemia are the most common causes of hypochromic anemia (low MCHC). Normocytic anemias are usually also normochromic and share the same causes (normal MCHC).
RDW-red cell distribution width- The RDW is increased in anemia’s caused by deficiencies of iron, vitamin B12, or folic acid.
I have not found any information that would explain what it means to have my red blood cells and hematocrit below normal and have other aspects of the test normal.
There is also the SED rate that was tested and that was elevated.
The rheumatoid doctor told me that was from pregnancy too. I don’t trust a damn thing he said now because he was WRONG with his assumptions regarding my symptoms. I mean this is the doctor who said my hair loss could be from dandruff!! (Rolls eyes.) He also was the one who said my anemia was from the pregnancy, which my OB doctor confirmed today it is not!
So I have an elevated SED rate, low red blood cell count, low hematocrit, and the other stuff is normal. The white blood cell count- normal, Hemoglobin- normal, MCV- borderline high but not quite, MCH- normal, MCHC- normal, RDW- normal, I am wondering what could this mean? My platelet count was within normal range too.
The OB said that these things were not from pregnancy. OK that is fine but what could these things be from? I wish I could find a doctor to investigate and figure it out. I won’t be seeing Dr. K again, the rheumatoid doctor, in July. I’ll be opting for a new rheumatoid doctor referral from my general practice doctor, Dr. T. I will not waste time or money on someone (Dr. K) who doesn’t seem interested in helping me figure out what the hell is wrong with me, or someone (Dr. K) who doesn’t seem to know shit apparently for him being a “specialist”!
I will finish the complaint letter to him and I’ll be sure to post that here when it is ready.
((I wonder if another doctor figures out what is wrong and it is by chance lupus or another autoimmune disease would it be malpractice on the rheumatoid doctor that pretty much wrote me off since he didn’t care to investigate it?))