New to anemia. What to expect?
I’m a 35 year old male. Bloodwork I had done in the hospital last month while being treated for foot pain showed that my red blood cell count, hemoglobin, and hematocrit were all low. Not low enough to cause symptoms, but low enough to be flagged.
My doctor also did bloodwork while testing me for gout, and it also showed low hemoglobin. My doctor’s plan was to wait four weeks and test my blood again, then start investigating. I still have about two weeks to go.
What worries me about my anemia is that I don’t think it is caused by an iron deficiency. The fact that I had gout, which is usually caused by foods that happen to be rich in iron, makes me think this. If my anemia isn’t caused by an iron deficiency, I think it’s likely to be indicative of a much larger problem, like maybe cancer. I don’t know, am I getting worried over nothing?