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A 20-year-old female asked:

very low iron even w/ venofer. hgb and hct normal. mcv is normal but rdw is 19.2%. folate, (folic acid) b12, etc = normal. could this be myelodysplastic syndrome?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Iron deficient: Iron deficiency and the high RDW that it produces precede the anemia. You are going to need to find out whether you are iron deficient because of your periods, your diet, or some other loss (hookworm, cancer, many other ideas). I strongly suspect you have heavy iron loss from some source. You need to find out why. Stay proactive.
Dr. Aurea Tomeski
Internal Medicine 60 years experience
Low iron: Is it definitely iron deficiency?What is the level of iron , TIBC and ferritin level. How about the WBC and platelet. What is the retic count.? It is difficult to diagnose MDS without a bone marrow picture which can also evaluate the bone marrow iron and special tests for MDS. Discuss with your PCP. She can refer you to a hematologist. I hope this will help you . Take care

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A 21-year-old member asked:

If I have the double gene mutation (homozygous) for hemochromatosis but am not clinically iron overloaded (have high iron levels on lab results) at this time, can I develop iron overload later, such as in 2, 5, or 10 or more years later?

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Dr. Gregg Albers
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Hemachromatosis: The single gene carrier will likely not develop any symptoms or problems from increased iron absorption. You will still need to have regular blood work to check for increased iron, and not use any supplements with iron. If you have two genes, your chance is good that you will have high levels of iron, and possibly get damage from the extra iron. Timing is unknown, too many variables.
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Can having vitamin B12 deficiency lead to high blood pressure?

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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B12 Deficiency: B12 deficiency is associated with an anemia, neuropathies, and non-specific neurological affects such as fatigue, depression, and psychosis. The deficiency is not associated with high blood pressure per se.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

Does folate (folic acid) deficiency anemia affect the brain and nerves?

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care 35 years experience
Folate (folic acid) Deficiency: Folic acid deficiency can cause anemia. It can also cause non-specific behavioral problems and headaches. A deficiency during pregnancy can result in an increased incidence of neural tube defects. These neurological affects, while due to the same deficiency of folate, (folic acid) are not due to the anemia itself.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Besides poor nutrition, what causes vitamin d and iron deficiency?

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Dr. Bryan Levey
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Depends: Vitamin d deficiency is usually poor intake or lack of sunlight exposure or both. Iron deficiency can be poor intake, poor absorption, or excessive iron loss, which usually means bleeding.
Dr. Martin Fried
General Practice 36 years experience
also poor intake of vitamin C can lead to poor absorption of Iron,
Dec 16, 2012
A 47-year-old member asked:

So I have iron deficiency anemia. What supplements won't cause constipation or abdominal pains?

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
IV form: All oral iron supplement will give you certain degree of constipation and to some-abdominal pain or other GI symptoms. Iv iron supplement will by pass GI tract & as the result will not give you constipation or abdominal pain etc. Take some otc medication for constipation such as miralax, (polyethylene glycol) milk of magnesia, colace, etc. If symptoms are worse and you can't tolerate, you should talk to your md.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Dr. Liawaty Ho commented
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
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Also, you should increase intake of iron rich food- such as spinach, beets, liver etc. Open this for more info on iron rich food: http://www.ironrichfood.org
Mar 27, 2012

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