There's a lot more of that goes on in medicine than they like to let on.
One of my favorite diagnoses that never made the ICD-9 used to be COQ. It's an abbreviation for the Norfolk (England) expression "come over queer" which has nothing to do with one's sexuality but usually means "suddenly felt very unwell". The ER docs at the Norfolk and Norwich hospital used it a lot on X-ray request forms.
Yeah... that's bad. I hope they find out what's wrong soon.
It can't be pooling in her peritoneal cavity, because she's not in pain, and that's NOT a comfy thing to have happen. I told her to have them to check under the bed for oil leaks....
Trying not to worry....
Thinking good thoughts for her...
Thanks. Why's it always gotta be mystery diseases with my family???
Wow, I'm so sorry. Radiation complicated some red blood cell issues I already have so I'm on a lifelong course of IV iron a few times a year (which isn't as bad as it sounds but, feh).
Yeah, it shouldn't fall that quickly, it can take me from 1-3 months to love that much and that's because my body produces RBCs slowly.
Anyway, they've told me that normal for a post menopausal woman is 11-14 but they (or at least my hemotologist) prefers to see it in the 12-14 range. As a point of reference I am average high 10s-low 11s and generally have to get my tank filled if I'm 11 or lower.
I hope this is helpful to you. Best of luck to her (and you too!)
Two pints only got her back up to 10 and it should be 11-14? Yikes....
Where's Dr House when you need him?
Really hoping they figure this out soon.
Sending good thoughts your way.
Dr. House don't work in Montana, that's for sure. And thanks.
Well, bleeding ulcer is their current theory, but she has no blood remnants in her stool. And even low iron absorption shouldn't eat up a transfusion overnight.
In my experience, older women are really excellent at bleeding in incomprehensible ways. When I heard the story, I put my odds on an ulcer, but there's always a possibility of a bleeding spot in the small intestine. All with negative fecal occult blood. :-P
Agreed on older women. My mother and MIL both had this occur. One had various GI bleeds, the other had an AVM that was unknown previous to this (age 76!).
I am very sorry about your mother, and I hope they find it quickly.
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Montana? Has an MRI been ordered yet? Really damn good for finding these things, if you can get one.
Last time I had experience with someone bleeding that badly, it was hemorrhoids and he went into surgery to remove them tout de suite. (It was Jim and he went from 15 to 8 in five days.)
Hell. I'll go for spleenic something with a side order of hepatic whatsit.
Have no idea. Won't know until she or my sister or niece call later. But thanks for the concern!
Ugh. Hopefully, they'll get it found quickly. *hugs*
She's losing it somewhere. If not GI, next guesses are aneurysm, urine, brain, and damfino -- not necessarily in that order. Hope they find and fix it soon!! Snoopy hugs -- :Dana
I don't want to worry you, but this is reminding me of something that happened to my husbands grandmother. She was losing blood, they didn't know where, and it ended up being a VERY fast growing tumor on her kidney. It had grown so big, that when they went in to take out the "little" tumor, it had grown to the size of a softball and she ended up dying on the table when they couldn't get all the capillaries sealed.
Not that I think this is what's happening to your mother. But it's something to be asking the doc's about. So many places where that blood could be going.
How dreadful for you. I'm sorry. If today's round of tests come up with nothing, then I will suggest a CT scan to see if they can find anything.