Frequent Blood Transfusions

Posted by 1223connect @1223connect, Fri, Sep 13 9:14am

I'm a 73 year old woman. I'm somewhat overweight. While I have always been somewhat anemic, I have never smoked and am a non-drinker. During the past 5 or 6 months, I have had to go in for blood transfusions every 2 weeks. I'm always feeling weak; however, the doctors have no diagnosis for my condition. Most recently I was told that I should expect to have to continue with the frequent blood transfusions for the rest of my life. A legal professional (unrelated to my medical condition) informed me that I should ask for a "differential diagnosis", but I have yet to see my physician again.
Any advice would be appreciated. The Dr did mention "leukemia" at what point, but there is no current diagnosis of that for me.

Hello @1223connect, welcome to Connect. If you don't mind sharing more for other members on Connect, are you receiving blood transfusions to address your anemia diagnosis? I'd like to invite @81ue who discussed frequent blood transfusions for their diagnosis of B-cell leukemia to share their experience with getting a diagnosis and the transfusions themselves. I'd also like to invite @catcatanzaro60 who talked about receiving transfusions as a result of their anemia.

You can check out those discussions here:

Blood Cancers & Disorders > Anemia > https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/anemia-1/
Blood Cancers & Disorders > B-cell prolymphocytic leukemia (B-PLL) > https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/b-pll

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