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Help me, please?

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  • Posted By: ms_behavin
  • October 22, 2008
  • 04:52 AM

Hello, I am a 23 year old female, and a stay-at-home mother of 4 children. In the past my doctor/s have told me I have a history of anemia, and it hasn't gotten better much over time. In fact, why I am posting, is about a month and a half ago to two months, I started having pain in the right bottom side of my ribcage. It gradually got worse within 2 weeks, and it finally got bad enough, I had my husband take me to the ER. Once there, they did a Complete Blood Count, and Chest x-rays to figure out what the problem was. The ER dr. came back into the room and diagnosed me with Pleurisy. This is the first time that i've had pleurisy, but for the past 6-8 years i've had problems with chronic bronchitis, kidney infections, and uti's.

Not only was I diagnosed with Pleurisy, but he told me that if I had come in from have been in a car accident, whether consious or not, he would have given me a blood transfusion. Turns out from the CBC they had done, they found yet again anemia, but he was more concerned about it than any other doctor i've ever visited. He'd suggested I go in for my follow-up, show my family dr. the test results, and get to the bottom of the cause of the anemia. He said it may include having a bone marrow biopsy done.

Day to day I get worse, or better. Sometimes I feel I can't move at all. Then some days I feel like I can do anything, and "overdo" things, then am left wiped out for the rest of the day, with fatigue and muscle weakness/spasms. The weakness is my biggest problem lately, I usually like to be up and running around and stay active. Other than that my only other problem is that when I start not feeling well, I feel that under my eyes are sunken in.

Sorry my post was so long, hope it's not too long! :rolleyes: Could someone please try and help me though figure out what this could be? I know I need to go in for my follow-up and plan to asap. I appreciate any help, Thx!

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  • Dear ms behavin...it is better for you to get a diagnosis from your doctor than to try and figure it out...you could have a problem absorbing iron, for instance, or losing a lot of blood with your periods, but if you take iron before getting your tests, it will throw off the results. Same with B12 or folic acid deficiency...you may have that but if you take the vitamins it will throw off your tests. You need to have your blood looked at in a lab, and, like the ER dr. said, maybe a bone marrow biopsy will be indicated. You could have a hereditary anemia, or something caused by some medicine you take. Not knowing your lab tests, there is no way to know what is going on! See your doctor ASAP! Marionstar
    marionstar 228 Replies
    • October 23, 2008
    • 00:05 AM
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  • Marion gave you some great advice! Please follow it. Best wishes~~JerseyLymie
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    • October 25, 2008
    • 11:36 AM
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  • Thanks, JerseyLymie :) ! Marionstar
    marionstar 228 Replies
    • October 25, 2008
    • 11:01 PM
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