After reporting fatigue, bruising, shortness of breath, etc to my doctor, he did a CBC which came back as follows:
He seems to think it's nothing more than a "severe iron deficiency" and has put me on Tandem Plus vitamin supplements for six weeks before retesting. Several family friends who have personal experience with leukemia and similar disorders have questioned his diagnosis and think I should demand a referral to a Hematologist/Oncologist immediately. I was also told that a hemoglobin level of 7.0 is "at infusion level" and that something like that likely won't improve with simple vitamin use. It seems all four of the numbers are low - I've had issues with iron-deficiency since I hit puberty (heavy menses from the get-go), but never this low, and the other numbers have never been low as well.
Has anyone else dealt with something similar that may be able to provide a little insight? I'm dealing with a small-town doctor who doesn't have a lot of experience with things outside of the "norm" for family practice providers, but I've had trouble finding information online that can shed some light on this situation for me, and I feel uncomfortable questioning his "expertise" without a sound reason. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
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