Diagnosed with Macrocytosis

by Tomi
(Washington State)

I have just been diagnosed with macrocytosis. My last blood test was in June of 2012 and all blood tests were normal. I have been on humira for one year for Crohn's. In November I went to the Dr. for a torn gastrocnemius muscle and my blood pressure was 180/105 Because of the concern I evaluated my diet and although healthy, it was loaded with salt.

I made changes in my diet to eliminate sodium unless it occurs naturally. I eat vegetables over either rice or pasta, fruits, and nuts for protein. I do not eat dairy and meat has gone by the wayside in the last two months. I started taking a B-complex supplement three months. I am an exercise fanatic and have worked out daily my entire life. I have another blood test in a month to look at my B-12 levels. I am looking for another opinion on what is causing this malfunction in my blood cells. I have read that medications that cause the immune system to fail can be the culprit but any thoughts would be appreciated.

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by: Kerri Knox, Registered Nurse

Hi Linda,

So, first of all, I'm going to be a little 'nitpicky' here and say that you cannot be 'diagnosed' with macrocytosis. It is not a 'disease', it's merely an observation. Just as you would not be diagnosed with "reddened skin" or "large stomach" since that's merely an observation, the same is true of macrocytosis, it's simply an observation of large red blood cells. Please read my pages on:

Macrocytic Anemia


Vitamin B12 Levels to see why you are probably going to get zero help at all when you get your vitamin B12 levels back since they are patently useless.

Then as for the cause, please read my page on Gluten Sensitivity. Then if you are STILL not convinced that gluten is causing your problems, including the Crohn's, then please read the thread on Vitamin D and Eosinophilic Esophagitis. I'm not saying that you have eosinophilic esophagitis, only suggesting that you read the thread as it goes into great detail on the connection between auto-immune disease and gluten sensitivity. There are many doctors and researchers who believe that you simply CANNOT have an autoimmune disease without first having gluten sensitivity.

Kerri Knox, Registered Nurse

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