I've been dealing with a mystery anemia for at least a year now.
My local docs can't seem to find a cause. I'm currently researching specialists in the "big city".
Anyway - here's where I'm at:
At my lows my hematocrit levels were high 20's.
Average is low 30's.
Hemoglobin is low
MCV is low
MCH is low
Red Cell distribution width is high
Reticulyte counts are high
All other baseline blood work looks normal
Iron absorption fluctuates - I'm on a supplement now
I've been tested for Celiac's Disease (negative)
Biopsy of my stomach lining and intestine showed nothing unusual
Ednosopy showed nothing unusual
Colonoscopy found nothing unusual
I have a thyroid disorder - I'm hypo
I ride long distance - focusing on Brevets.
Recovery between efforts (if its a bad day or week) seems to take forever.
I feel like I hit a wall - and even if the mind and legs think we can go, the rest of me can't. Sometimes I simply can't go any harder. (This is usually when I'm already going pretty slow, compared to last year) I did my 200k and 300k just after getting some of the lowest blood results I've had... my doc can't wait to see the levels get back to normal and see how I do with training / riding - he just hasn't been much help.
I've found a few references to endurance athletes and anemia - esp runners - and in "Serious Cycling" I read that Greg LeMond was feeling sluggish and after some bloodwork was found to be anemic at some point in his career...
Can training / diet be influencing this?
Anyone else out there dealing with anemia?
I'm worried that this is more than just "Sports Anemia" or iron deficiency...
I'm at a loss.