I just had 2 stents removed - one from the pancreatic duct and the other from the CBD. During these ongoing procedures and subsequent pancreatitis and hospital stays, I was diagnosed with iron deficiency anemia. The stool and celiac testing all came back "negative" - however, my H&H are still quite low.
I am post menopausal and all the procedures to date have been negative for any bleeding ulcers etc. The last colonoscopy I had was 5 yrs ago and it was negative.
I am a vegetarian however I substitute soy products for protein and other than this critically low H&H am relatively healthy. So, does anyone have any ideas about where the chronic blood loss could be coming from?
Hi, I too have very low Hemoglobin and Hematocrit. I have been tested for bleeding, but none has been found. Iron anemia can be strictly from diet - you need red meat, not just soy etc. - or for reasons they don't understand. I've had to have transfusions a couple times, and I hover around 10 - 11 most of the time for Hemoglobin. I have problems with regurgitating gastric contents when sleeping (no esophageal motility, hiatal hernia, scleroderma esophagus & barrett's) and one time it was totally black. Alot of the gastric contents are aspirated - some goes into my sinuses and I either blow it out or it drains out while sleeping (what a mess - especially since I'm on oxygen!). Anyway, that was blood, and the doctor said it was probably a vessel burst that then healed. Your anemia might not be due to a bleeding problem is what I'm saying. You don't say there's evidence for it.? I do wish you well. Jan
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