Been on trt for approx 2 years and struggle with high red blood cell count. I try to donate blood every couple months but half the time they don’t allow me because my hemoglobin comes back in the 18’s.
I was denied twice in a row in 1 week. I went to my dr to ask what he thought so he tested my blood and according to quest my hemoglobin was 16.5. Tested the day after the donation center said it was 18.4. But my rbc was 6.3 (4.2-5.8) mcv 78.3 (80-100) mch 26.2 (27-33) rdw 17.2(11-15)
I’ve done a LITTLE research and found that when mcv and mch is low it can be iron deficiency. But how could that be if rbc and hemoglobin are high? Any thoughts on these results?
I don’t eat red meat, drink, or smoke. I take 100-125 mg/ wk dosed EOD