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A 18-year-old female asked:

Is it possible to have normal blood levels but have every symptom of severe iron deficiency anemia?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 54 years experience
Probably not anemia: "Normal blood levels" (e.g. hematocrit, hemoglobin, or iron testing) prove iron deficiency isn't the problem. The symptoms of "severe iron deficiency anemia" are exactly the same for many other health problems. See your doctor to learn the cause.
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