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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I recently had a CBC done (first time in about 20 years) and the Profile came back with MCV and MCH above the normal range. I read online that these relate to B-12 and red blood cells and can indicate a deficiency. My reason for visiting the doctor is that I've had unusual weakness and fatique (I've also just turned 55, so . . .) But my 69-year-old husband runs rings around me. We are normally very active people, but I don't want to do ANYTHING anymore. So is this something I should ask my doctor about--she hasn't called with any indication of concern about the results.
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Let me read your query
Doctor :   Ok
User :   ok what?
Doctor :   Thanks for the detail history
User :   and?
Doctor :   In case of deficiency there is always decreased values not raised
User :   So what does raised values mean?
Doctor :   But in case vitamin B12 deficiency there will be more of abnormal red cells formed which may pile up giving raised values
Doctor :   Can you mention your Haemoglobin values (Hb)
User :   HCB? 13.6
Doctor :   Yes
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   The most probable cause for raised MCV (mean corpuscular volume) is sickle cell anaemia
Doctor :   Where is there is red cell abnormality caused due to folic acid deficiency
Doctor :   Other causes could be B12 deficiecy but in that case HB values will be on the lower side
Doctor :   Considering your age i would stongly suggest you to start on Iron supplements and multivitamin supplements
User :   I doubt that I have sickle cell, so are you saying nothing to be concerned about?
Doctor :   Yes
Doctor :   And you can confirm sickle cell aneamia only by a peripheral smear of blood
Doctor :   We will can visualize the abnormal cells
User :   Ok. So it wouldn't hurt to take a B-complex and iron?
Doctor :   Yes, and i guess you have reached menoupause
User :   Not yet. Unless it just happened.
Doctor :   So there will be a gradual decrease in hormaone (progesterone) which causes genralised weakness and bone weakness too
Doctor :   So consider supplements
User :   Ok. I guess menopause kind of tires u even if you try to refuse to let it bother you?
Doctor :   See all needed is just change in life style
Doctor :   Like healthy food habits
Doctor :   regular sleep and supplements
Doctor :   I would also suggest regular check ups once in 2 years
User :   I have a very healthy diet. Just feel too weak to exercise anymore.
Doctor :   I meant moderate like walking or jogging
User :   That and lots of yard work are my normal exercise.
Doctor :   Calcium will be a necessity for your age as due to hormone shortage there occurs demeineralization of bones
User :   OK. so take vitamins and exercise. Got it.
Doctor :   And atleast moderate excercise for a 1 hour atleast
Doctor :   Bye for now
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me
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