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#1 WestCoast1

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Posted 10 May 2007 - 06:00 PM

Hello there,
You might remember that a few weeks back I was going through several tests. Some of this is a repeat for me since I have changed Rheumys in the last year, but some I have not had before. I was originaly sent to this Dr. to investigate some raised autoimmune liver enzymes. These are fine now, so no worries there!

Yesterday I saw the Gastro doctor who was very kind and surprisingly interested in Autoimmune diseases. We discussed results of labs, ultrasounds, and endoscopy. All came out with good and expected results. The labs show significant anemia, so finding the cause is our goal now. I also have to repeat the test to see if it has progressed, in which case I will simply go in for I.V. Iron.

He has schedualed a Barium swallow to check for Dismotility. He will also be looking at my Sed Rate. Results of this will give my rheumatologist more answers at our follow up visit.

I feel like I got some good answers and advice at this apt. I am hoping for the same with the rheumatologist! :)
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Posted 10 May 2007 - 09:54 PM

Glad to hear there were no unexpected results and the liver enzymes have normalised. I hope you and your doctors will be successful in sorting out your problems with anemia. Hope your results on the other tests will be in your favour.
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Jefa

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#3 Heidi

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Posted 11 May 2007 - 02:17 AM

Hi Erin,

That all sounds great! Isn't it wonderful to find a doctor who is really interested and invested in you! I am so glad the appointment with the GI doctor went so well. I do hope you can find the source of the anemia and get it appropriately treated. Please do keep us updated on the outcome of all the tests.

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Heidi

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Posted 11 May 2007 - 02:53 AM

Erin,

Did your doctor suggest taking an iron supplement for the time being? If not, you may want to ask him about it. I take two Iron pills/day and it's resolved my anemia. My Dr. told me that because I appear to not be bleeding anywhere, that it's just par for the course of scleroderma to be anemic.

Take it easy,
Jen

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Posted 11 May 2007 - 04:16 AM

It is a good idea to check with your doctor first before taking iron supplements as iron can accumulate in the blood and cause problems with the heart and liver.
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Jefa

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Posted 11 May 2007 - 06:21 AM

Hey Erin,

Thanks for taking the time to fill us in on your appt. All in all it sounds good. I hope you are successful in finding the source of your anemia.
Warm and gentle hugs,

Pamela
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