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Thread: Blood Work - Out of range RBC, MCH, MCHC, RDW

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    Blood Work - Out of range RBC, MCH, MCHC, RDW

    Hey all,

    Here is my blood work for CBC.

    Summary.

    When I took this blood test, I was off TRT for about 7 weeks.

    I donated a double red blood cell donation on 09/16/2023.

    I am on Trazodone (37.5 mg at night) and Lexapro (1.25 mg a day - which is very low).

    I take a multi (without iron) and fish oil.

    I smoke weed maybe 4 times a week, but i only take a couple puffs from my weed pen. On a 1 - 20, I prob get to a 7 on the high scale.

    I want to get this looked at professionally because I have seen these values out of range before.

    Does anyone know if I am at risk for heart attack or complications?

    Do I need to take a supplement to put these within range?



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    I’d say you’re anemic, what with your MCH and MCHC both being low. Donating can do this to some people, especially if their diet isn’t on point. I’m not a dr. By any means, but I did sleep in a holiday inn last week. My recommendation would be first to start eating some high in iron liver, meat, chicken and seafood. Perhaps supplement for a bit too. I didn’t see a ferritin test which would verify the anemic diagnosis. Retest the CBC in a month to see how the results are. I’m not sure how long it takes for your RBC to go down (if it ever does) from the TRT. Mine stays above 6 all the time.

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    Do you self-phlebotomize in between donations? It wouldn't hurt to pull an iron panel and a ferritin panel, IMHO.
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    Definitely get an Iron Panel with TIBC and Ferritin.
    By chance do you take Prilosec or similar regularly?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daveleeander View Post
    Iíd say youíre anemic, what with your MCH and MCHC both being low. Donating can do this to some people, especially if their diet isnít on point. Iím not a dr. By any means, but I did sleep in a holiday inn last week. My recommendation would be first to start eating some high in iron liver, meat, chicken and seafood. Perhaps supplement for a bit too. I didnít see a ferritin test which would verify the anemic diagnosis. Retest the CBC in a month to see how the results are. Iím not sure how long it takes for your RBC to go down (if it ever does) from the TRT. Mine stays above 6 all the time.
    on point - ish, but no where near anemic.

    Iron def tho, thats the big one... eat more steak

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    I wonder if the OP had any follow up bloodwork done.

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