I had some general blood tests recently which seemed to show that I am mildly anaemic (129hb per l). We had that test repeated and it came back again the same.
I don't have any symptoms like breathlessness, excessive paleness,no blood in urine or stools this and I don't have any pressure sores where I could be losing blood etc. Since my blood test last year I have changed my diet quite a bit-in general eating less meat and more vegetables.
Does anyone else with a spinal cord injury have mild anaemia? Do you take tablets or have a special diet etc? Do you have to have regular blood tests?
I have a doctors appointment with my GP (general doctor-not SCI specialist) who will feel my stomach to check for potential internal bleeding causes.
You need to find the underlying cause -- have them run folate, iron, B12, homocysteine, methyl malonic acid, intrinsic factor factor blocking AB, and CBC with diff and platelet count. I AM ASSUMING tests for internal bleeding have been ruled out. I have pernicious anemia (b12 absorption issues). Do you know your family history medically? Personally, I would eat both B12 and Iron rich food. Since this occured after a diet change it might be useful to find out if it is can restored.
Other questions: Yes, I go in every month for blood and B12 shots. Let me stress that these tests are fallible -- I would get B12 shots just in case. Pernicious means deadly and if not treated...usually 3 years. It tends to run in families. Also, if you drink alcohol it prevents B12 absorption.