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How do I tell the difference between anemia and thyroid problems

A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Lab work: Lab testing will tell you if you are anemic or hypothyroid.
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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Blood test: A blood test can easily distinguish between the two possibilities. In very hypothyroid patients, anemia can be a reversible complication.

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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Victor Bonuel
38 years experience Internal Medicine
Both have similar &: Overlapping symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, palpitation etc. It's only physical exam and blood testing that can confirm and differentiate the two. ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
40 years experience Holistic Medicine
Many possibilities: There are many possible causes of chronic fatigue- chronic infections (bacterial, viral, fungal, parasitic), nutrient deficiencies, toxic exposures, t ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Natalie Sieb
14 years experience Family Medicine
Chronic fatigue: With several causes already ruled out and no other physical tests to show a cause, your doctor might consider chronic fatigue syndrome, which is diagn ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rachel Chastanet
34 years experience Bariatrics
Obesity?: The most common cause of fatigue and feeling hot more than usual, once the lab work has ruled out problems with anemia, kidneys, liver and thyroid is ... Read More
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
No tests: Your situation warrants an in-person evaluation, however, your fatigue may be a symptom of depression. One way for you to help yourself is to start ex ... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. SG Erman
Dr. SG Erman answered
35 years experience Family Medicine
Evaluation: Thyroid problems are diagnosed with a history, exam, and lab tests, possibly and ultrasound. Bipolar is diagnsed with a hisptory, exam, and ruling out ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ira Friedlander
42 years experience Cardiac Electrophysiology
To differentiate: your dizziness diagnosis it would be useful to know your blood pressure and pulse rate lying, sitting and standing. This could help to determine dehyd ... Read More
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Dr. Paul Pyles
33 years experience Addiction Medicine
See your doctor : You may be experiencing depression. Talk to your doctor about your symptoms and consider a trial of an antidepressant. If medical causes of your sympt ... Read More
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Dr. Raad Jajo
Dr. Raad Jajo answered
23 years experience Psychiatry
Many: sleep apnea disrupted sleep-wake cycle restless leg syndrome Fibromyalgia
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