Patient Comments: Hemoglobin - Helped With Your Diagnosis

Question:Please describe how Hemoglobin has helped in your diagnosis.

Comment from: JanetM757, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 08

I'm a 61 year old female who recently requested blood tests normally given to diagnose possible causes for sudden, profuse hair loss. In doing so, I saw my red blood cell count, hemoglobin and hematocrit were all low. With low total protein and globulin, but high carbon dioxide. If hemoglobin is low I guess that explains the low total protein, but high carbon dioxide since it is the carrier, one way or the other for both. I was surprised my doctor told me I don't need any further concern over my blood work and not to worry. I assume I'm anemic, I am cold all the time (in South Florida, love my ice in water, sleep 12 hours, wake up and want to sleep more (good thing I'm retired). I had surgery 6 months ago for a twisted colon, and from that I got a hernia. I wonder if somehow that caused anemia, and wish I knew what is causing this anemia if I knew, I could hopefully stop my hair falling out. Not only is it falling out, but it's terribly dry with breakage, and has turned frizzy like cotton candy. Anemia just has to be the reason for my "poisoned" hair and my doctor seems disinterested in my blood test results.

Comment from: karene, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 27

My hemoglobin level is at 9.0, and my doctor prescribe a small amount of iron to increase the level.

Comment from: boopgirl, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 03

My hemoglobin was checked because I have been experiencing fatigue. I am a 31-year-old woman, so my normal result should have been between 12-16 and mine was 8. Hopefully now with this treatment of iron, I will start to feel better again.

Comment from: Lost, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 19

I am a 31 yr old female and I am struggling with low Hemoglobin levels. I have a blood transfusion under my belt and now a chance of being placed on the drug, Procrit. This is very scary! Not knowing why I am not producing red blood cells is really keeping me down.

Comment from: anemicval, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 15

I have low hemoglobin because of adenomyosis and severe menstrual bleeding. I was admitted to the hospital last month because my level was at 6.7. I was able to get it back up to 9. In trying to control the hormones that are causing the condition, I think it's low again. I am having heart-pounding issues just walking across the room. I feel as if I could pass out at any given moment. I have a difficult time breathing. I am tired, and I can't function at work either.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 15

My hemoglobin is very low right now it is at only 6 percent. I have bruising, and painful joints. My liver and kidneys are swelling up, and at times by 3 pm. I'm hurting so bad I wish for death to just come to me. I take depression pills but I don't think they work I have a very burning pain, pain blockers are not helping anymore. Does this sound to you like I have cancer of any kind? If so which kind?

Comment from: llhunter71, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

I have alpha thalasemia (2 alleles missing) trait and iron deficiency anemia. Having my hemoglobin along with my ferritin levels checked on a regular basis helps keep my disorder in check. I have had 2 blood transfusions and 4 iron infusions when my levels dropped dangerously low (I have been as low as 5.7). Without the tests being done, I could have died with even the slightest trauma. Right now my level is 12.7 thanks to a new infusion treatment done in my hematologist's office. I am monitored every 2 months now. While my thalasemia is always going to be a minor annoyance, iron deficiency can be deadly if left unmonitored and untreated!

Comment from: Avi, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 22

I am also just diagnosed with lower level of hemoglobin. I had a history of bleeding ulcer. I was told by my Dr. to take Aspirin .81mg every day. I think my Ulcer start bleeding again because of Aspirin. I will not eat any spicy food. Now I will start doing Yoga. Breathing exercise will help to bring normal hemoglobin.

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