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cnitts78
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Hi everyone,
I have had Lyme and co’s since 2008. I have been in remission for many years but Babesia seems to be back.

My MCV and MCH has been elevated since April. My MCV is ranging from 100-103.5 and just seems to be getting worse.

I had my B12 and folate checked a few days ago and my B12 is in range and my folate is high.

B12 level - 412
Folate - 20.1

I take a daily Pure Encapsulations multi that has B vitamins and I also eat a lot of B12 rich foods.

Is Babesia causing this?

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Garz
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babesia or Bartonella can both cause high turnover in red blood cells and this can cause MCV to rise.
( RBC are larger when they are new and become smaller as they age - so a shift to larger means more rapid cell turnover)

other abnormalities on the CBC are common also when this is the case. Bart in p[articular infects the bone marrow where the blood cells are made so drives many and varied anomalies - often a different one each time a test is run.

the B12/b vitamin levels will just be down to the supplementation you are taking - very common for these to be high if you are taking supplements

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