Last week I had an appointment with a primary care physician due to a forced insurance change to an HMO (it was forced, unless we wanted to pay over $600/month for PPO coverage). The exam included blood work.
I just got the results and they indicate anemia. This is interesting because I had my lumbar fusion in mid-August. I took iron supplements as required for 3 weeks prior to the surgery, but was told I did not need them after the procedure. I assume my levels were fine at the time of surgery (and even the week prior at my pre-op), otherwise the procedure would have been postponed.
Anyway, my red blood cell count, hemoglobin and hematocrit levels are all slightly below the low point of the reference range. However, my platelet levels are really low. It should be between 140-450 K/UL and mine is 60. I would not be as concerned if it was only a few points below the reference range, but this is pretty low.
The PCP asked me to take iron supplements and repeat the test in several weeks. I don't mind taking the iron supplement if I have to, but I am a bit concerned that the platelet levels are so low 3 months after my surgery.
My surgeon told me I had lost approximately 25cc of blood during the surgery - the lowest amount he has ever seen. I have another appointment with my surgeon next week and will bring these lab results with me and discuss the situation with him. I'm starting to wonder if I have an extremely small blood leak somewhere.
In the meantime, has anyone experienced anything like this, where they were diagnosed as anemic after their fusion surgery?
Thanks in advance for your input.