||[Apr. 6th, 2013|10:39 am]
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for any of you good with bio or chemistry- can you explain to me how my iron level can be like almost non-existent but i'm not currently anemic? (ive been anemic most of my adult life, but not right now). current iron levels and stuff are below the cut
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i just got my first iron treatment tuesday (venofer). i've been complaining of confusion since october and since wednesday my memory has totally been obliterated. its scary. i have GERD, gastritis, an ulcer, and duodenitis. my endoscopy in january- the small intestine biopsy came back abnormal so i had a test for celiac on monday but the doctor hasn't called me yet. so basically i'm not absorbing iron. and i was on prilosec for three months so that probably also didnt help- but i basically live on red meat and cheerios which have a lot of iron in them.
hgb 12.0 (tuesday)
hct 37.6 (these were pretty normal, actually 37 is high for me, its been like 26 at other points)
ferratin 6, low (12-291)
prothrombin time 10.2 (10.3-12.8)
intr. norm ration .9, low (2-3)
iron 16, low, 30-160
iron sat 5% low, (20-55)
mch 25.4, low (26-34
mcv 79.7, low (80-90)
rdw 16.1, high (11.5-14.5)
my calcium was also slightly low but i dont know the number, it was only like a few tenths under the norm.
my blood pressure is reliably 90/60, but in the last few weeks its been 110/58- 115/68 when i was laying down.
i am in nursing school full time and i also work as a waitress full time. ive been trying to cut down at work but they just keep scheduling me all the time. my manager had the audacity to tell me to get a note from the ER when i called out last night. i'm also dehydrated. ive been peeing way less in the last week and have had like back to back migraines for two weeks. i went to the ER just because the no-peeing and the really limited memory was scaring the shit out of me. they gave me pain meds and a liter of fluid and then i opted to go home because there was a child screaming in the next room for two hours. i drank a liter of pedialyte when i got home and it took me 13 hours to pee after the initial IV was inserted. my lips and my mouth are still dry. i basically have been living off 20mg adderall and two cups of coffee since january just to get out of bed, and even though i know coffee is bad for me i can't function without it. (i'm not caffeine dependent, i can go a day without it if i dont have to do anything, but thats rare). i went on vacation for a week a month ago, didnt have any stimulants, and slept for the first 6 whole days. it sucked. i'm having a really hard time with word recall and every two minutes that i'm talking i say "what was i talking about?" or i'll think something and like open a new tab and immediately forget what i was doing. it is frightening.
i just dont understand why when ive been so much more anemic in my life- that ive never felt THIS out of it. my mental function has never suffered so badly, and im not even anemic. in retrospect ive been fucking up a lot lately and now i know its because of the iron. last week i went into 7-11 and insisted it was $1 coffee wednesday and it was actually monday. TWO DAYS OFF. i also forgot to submit a paper FOR A WHOLE WEEK, forgot to go to a meeting, and i get lost driving to places i go every day like all the time. i'm super anal and i have never been late to anything or submitted homework late in my entire life. but my iron levels are consistent late stage anemia and i'm not technically anemic. HOW DOEZ THAT WORKZ.
im trying to find a hematologist down here (im in VA for school, my doctors are in NY) that takes my shitty school insurance so i can get more venofer before finals so maybe ill have a fighting chance.