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could this be anemia? my daughter is 13 yaers old 113 lbs. 5'4" active in sports. sometimes around her menstral she passes out. at basketball practice she gets red, blotchy skin, - her knees turn allmost black- she gets winded before the others do and we

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Dr. Joy Jackson
18 years experience Family Medicine
She : She needs to be tested for diabetes and hypoglycemia. Ask her doctor to refer her to an endocrinologist to rule out these issues and other possible endocrine disorders (.E. Thyroid, addison's disease etc.) i would definitely seek a second opinion. Best of luck.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
Dr. Cheryl Winchell
50 years experience Family Medicine
Since : Since your daughter's symptoms seem to be precipitated by exercise, one needs to look carefully at the heart with an echocardiogram. Possible causes for her symptoms would be valvular heart disease or asymetric septal hypertrophy. If she has not had an echo, i would insist on one before allowing her to particpate in sports. She could also be having an irregular heart beat brought on by exercise. Wearing a monitor while exercising would help determine if that was happening or not. And yes, anemia can cause reduced exercise tolerance, too.
Answered on Feb 7, 2017
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