Enlarged Red Blood Cells
Posted 09 September 2009 - 08:55 AM
Posted 09 September 2009 - 09:56 AM
Have you had your nutrient levels tested? My mean cell volume was too high for a long time until I supplemented my very low levels of D, B12, and folate, particularly, but also took a Mega B supplement and a multi-mineral. They are back to normal now.
I was diagnosed with celiac disease in May 2007 and have been feeling much better thanks to the gluten free diet. However, after having blood drawn for a routine physical, my primary care physcian noted that my red blood cells are quite enlarged, and are actually 2 to 3 times the size that a red blood cell should normally be. He sent me to a Hemotologist who did more testing and came up with the same results of enlarged red blood cells. The Hemotologist did extensive testing and could find no reason for the cells to be so enlarged, and finally dismissed the matter, saying it must be normal for me. I don't seem to have any symptoms, except that if I get a cut or have blood drawn, I bleed excesively. Has anyone else had this or heard of this and could it be related to celiac disease?
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Posted 09 September 2009 - 10:50 AM
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Posted 09 September 2009 - 12:20 PM
Diagnosed May 2006 - Hashimotos Thyroid after being diagnosed in 1977 and told it didn't matter.
Diagnosed June 2006 with adrenal insufficiency.
Diagnosed June 2006 as Gluten Intolerant after I failed the Challenge Diet. Negative blood test.No biopsy.
Diagnosed June 2006 as B12 low. Needed weekly injections for a year.Still have them every 2 weeks.
Trialled Dairy Free Diet and reacted positively to that challenge in January 07.
News Flash! Coeliac Genetic Testing done April 08 . DQ2 Positive !
Diagnosed July 2010 FODMAP. Limits on Fructose, lactose, polyols, fructans. NO ONION! But I can have hard cheese, butter and cream again!!!
Posted 13 September 2009 - 04:26 AM
Diagnosed Hashimoto's 04/08
Posted 16 September 2009 - 07:10 AM
Enlarged red blood cells is a trait of Pernicious Anemia.
Pernicious Anemia has a correlation to Celiac disease.
In this disorder the gut lining lacks intrinsic factor for absorbtion of vitamin B12.
It is not the easiest thing to get diagnosed.
I am concerned that the doctors you have seen are willing to dismiss this symptom and not finding any answer for you. As the with Pernicious Anemia this can have very serious health complications.
Please don't take this as any type of diagnoses, just as a possible scenario, and why you need to find a doctor willing to diagnose and treat you.
Posted 16 September 2009 - 08:26 AM
Posted 18 September 2009 - 07:04 PM
Son 6 yrs old, Positive blood work, Outstanding dietary response, no biopsy.
Household mostly gluten free since 3/07
Me: HLA-DQ 02 & 0302 (DQ 08), which I ran & analyzed myself!Currently gluten lite, negative tTG, asymptomatic
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