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Full blood count results

I wasn't sure where to post this, but as I think this community tends to have a good grasp on blood test results, I thought I would give this a go.

I've just had some results from a full blood count test. No actual numbers given but was told:

Platelet count is raised

Red blood count is raised

MCV is low

MCH is low

Everything else on the full blood count was normal

I gave birth 10 weeks ago.

I've had constipation and bad stomach pains. I've also had a postpartum infection which they discovered due to a high CRP of over 100. I had antibiotics but haven't had CRP re-tested since this test.

Any ideas?

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Hi strawberrysorbet

Congratulations on your new baby.

When you were told the test results were you not also offered a diagnosis or some form of treatment by your doctor?

Perhaps you should try to make an appointment with your G.P.

I'm not a medically trained person.

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Thanks Clive. I have been told I need to make an appointment but I won’t get one for a while, so just wondered if anyone knew what it could mean in the mean time (to save me jumping to bad conclusions!!)

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Hopefully it may just be that you are a bit anaemic but if I were you I'd push to get an earlier appointment if you can. The fact that they haven't "called you in" may be a good thing.

Meanwhile see if you can improve your diet by eating more meat, fish, eggs, poultry and dairy produce together with leafy green vegetables, sprouts, broccoli, spinach, asparagus etc., as these are natural sources of Vitamin B12 and Folate respectively.

I wish you well.

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Hi,

Congratulations on your new baby.

I agree with clivealive that it is a good idea to talk to your GP.

I am not medically trained.

Link about full blood count

labtestsonline.org.uk/tests...

I have read that low MCV and low MCH may indicate possibility of iron deficiency.

Have you had recent blood tests for iron, folate and B12?

Did you have gas and air mix during labour? Gas and air mix contains nitrous oxide which may affect B12 in the body.

"just had some results from a full blood count test. No actual numbers given but was told"

I always get copies of all my blood test results after being told everything was normal and then finding abnormal or borderline results on the copies.

Access to Medical Records (England)

nhs.uk/NHSEngland/thenhs/re...

nhs.uk/chq/pages/1309.aspx?...

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MCH and MCV being low would point to iron deficiency - they are measures of the size of your red blood cells - so looks as if your red blood cells are a bit on the small side - most commonly the result of iron deficiency.

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Hi strawberrysorbet, if your surgery are anything like ours and others around us then they tend to telephone to arrange an appointment if there is anything they need to discuss on blood test reports. If it is something which needs urgency they will make the appointment over the next few days otherwise, as they did with me this week, it is in three weeks time. If you are concerned then perhaps a call to the surgery to get them to ask the doctor is there is anything needing attention would put your mind at rest.

There is one thing for certain though you are going to need to be in tip top condition to deal with that wonderful addition to your family. Well done you.

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