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anemia and blood loss...what's wrong???

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  • Posted By: precioustime
  • January 23, 2009
  • 09:59 PM

My mother in law is a type II diabetic. She had open heart surgery and a valve replacement in 2000. In 2007 she began having severe shortness of breath, tired and weight loss. After testing the doctors said she was anemic. Her blood count was at 7. They gave her blood and iron. Six months later the symptoms reoccurred. Blood count again down to 7. After more testing they found several peptic ulcers. They gave her meds for the ulcers, more blood, and again, iron. After retesting again, they told her the ulcers were healed. A month or so later the symptoms returned. Only added to it now were irritability, nose bleeds, loss of mental sharpness, and occasional diarrhea, More tests.. Now they say "probably" the ulcers are not yet healed. Blood was at 8.They gave more iron. She didn't respond to the iron and continued to be completely fatigued and short of air. That was two weeks ago. This week they say she need blood and have admitted her for 3 units. She has a heart doctor, and oncologist who says he won't test for cancer since he thinks her symptoms are strictly from an ulcer. and a GP that gives her iron. What are they missing??? Or what am I missing? There seems to be more than an ulcer here... I just can't shake my fears.

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