I've been sick for a while, it started with mild chronic gastritis (Dec 2011), odd rashes, fatigue, bloating, stomach/liver pains. Ulcers, h. Pylori, celiac all ruled out. Colonoscopy was clean, gastric emptying test normal, no allergies, no food intolerances. Symptoms first started after a trip to the Amazon (Dec. 2010), including vomiting, malaise, fatigue, low-grade fever. Intolerance to oil and alcohol lasted a coupe months. One year later (Dec 2011), it happens again, but has persisted now for the last 9 months. I had surgery 4 weeks ago, (unrelated, remova of an ovarian cyst) and I have yet to recover, I'm constantly exhausted.
Since I was getting nowhere with a gastroenterologist, I've seen a tropical disease specialist and hematologist. Both suggested a might be having an autoimmune response to a chronic infection or post-infectious response. These are the abnormal test results I've had so far:
August 15 2012:
RBC - 4.02 (normal: 4.2 - 5.4) LOW
MCH - 32.6 (normal: 27 - 31) HIGH
Ferretin - 8 (normal: 20 - 360) LOW
Iron - 10 (normal 9 - 31) NORMAL
Transferrin - 3.72 (normal: 2.13 -3.6) HIGH
Transferrin saturation - 11% (normal 20 - 55%) LOW
(Interpretation: Iron Deficiency)
July 9th 2012:
Mean Cell Hemoglobin - 33 (normal: 27-31) HIGH
Ferritin - 10.9 (normal: 11.0-306.0) LOW
Iron Level - 46.5 (normal: 11-29) HIGH
UIBC - 33 (normal 26-52) NORMAL
Iron Binding Capacity - 79.5 (normal 43.8-67.0) HIGH
Iron Saturation - 0.58 (normal 0.21-0.42) HIGH
What can I make of this? does it sound like its an Autoimmune Disorder? Maybe Hemolytic Anemia? Chronic Inflammation?
PS: I'm a 25 yo female, 18.2 BMI. I suffer from endometriosis and I have idiopathic arrhythmia sometimes,and my BP used to be quite low (90/54) but lately its been higher (110/77), but otherwise super healthy.Non-smoker, light drinker, no drugs. Just birth control pills. I was on nexium (pronton-pump inhibitor) earlier this year but I stopped taking it because I thought I might be allergic. I do not take iron supplements, though I have been taking vitamin C, B and B12 because of my surgery.
I used to be active individual, now I spend 20 hours a day in bed :(
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