Low MCV & MCH ferritin ok.

by John
(UK)

My MCV is 79 & MCH is 26.4. My MCV has been this for years but My MCH is steadily decreasing. I feel Ill all the time although I lok well, I have a good diet but am very limited to what I can do as I have ME and Fibromyalgia. I do keep having incidences of high pulse rates of over 200 bpm and very low Bp 40s over 20s To which my doctor is referring me to a specialist. Please could you advise if there is anything I can do to improve my condition. Thanks John.

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Lots of possibilities
by: Kerri Knox, RN

John,

Even though your ferritin is OK, it sounds like you your MCV and MCH are low for one of these two reasons.

1) A slow bleed somewhere. Usually this is in the gastrointestinal tract and is easily diagnosed with a stool test for occult blood. I don't know how it works in the UK, but this test can even be found in drug stores without a prescription in the US.

Blood in your stool is a serious condition, and should have already been checked by your GP since you have a low MCV. If you've had a Stool for occult blood check and it's been negative, then the likely situation is:

2) You are not absorbing well through your GI tract.

Also, your fatigue and fibromyalgia symptoms, and the malabsorption, if that is what is causing your low MCV and MCH, are related due to either (or both of these):

Gluten Sensitivity

H Pylori


You could also have any combination of fibromyalgia issues such as those I outline on the Causes of Fibromyalgia page.



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