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Alternative Treatments For Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia
The immune system developed to tell our own, normal cells (self) from foreign and abnormal cells (non-self). This lets the immune system eliminate viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer cells from our body without harming normal cells. Sometimes the immune system fails to tell self from non-self and it attacks normal cells, for example in ...Read more
May be yes:
I strongly believe that acupuncture can influence the course of the disease. The question is rather to be extra care full not to cause bleeding. In general acupuncture is considered ok to do with bleeding disorders or even use of Coumadin (warfarin) (blood thinner).
Still I would be cautious. I would probably suggest first to try therapeutic touch ...Read more
Possibly related: An ANA and hemolytic anemia are not the same. Hemolytic anemia is a anemia or low blood count secondary to the breakdown of red cells typically secondary to an autoimmune disease. An ANA is a blood test that can be seen in many rheumatic diseases and other illness but is not specific. Autoimmune hemolytic anemia is a true finding in an autoimmune disease. ...Read more
Uncommon.: This would be very uncommon. But it can happen. Definitely take the prescribed medicine and follow up with your doctor regularly. ...Read more
Doubt it: Autoimmune hemolytic anemia is typically a problem secondary to an autoimmune disease. If your husband is not feeling well overall he may have a low libido. Also if he is on medications for his illness, they could potentially affect his libido as a side effect. This should be discussed at a physicians visit. ...Read more
No: It can be due to an underlying autoimmune disorder, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. In this case, the underlying autoimmune disorder may be hereditary; but the autoimmune hemolytic anemia is not hereditary. It is simply the manifestation of the underlying disorder. There are also several causes of autoimmune hemolytic anemia that are not inherited. ...Read more
If a girl having autoimmune hemolytic anemia n on steroids n azathioprin what she should do to get pregnant n have healthy baby?
Mother had lupus and died suddenly of autoimmune hemolytic anemia that caused cardiogenic shock. Is that a lupus thing or do I need 2 worry. I have ra?
Autoimmune hemolytic anemia with hgb 8.0/esr 80/hs-crp 8, crp 0.4. Normal ldh, reticulocytes. Treatment options for flares? On procrit (epoetin alfa) but not steroid
Hematology/Oncology: I have forwarded your question so hopefully a Heme/Onc will answer your question on here. You need to have the underlying cause determined and treated, steroids are mainstay of treatment, also splenectomy, IV gamma globulin, avoidance of cold, removal of any offending drugs that may cause it such as sulfa drugs, and treatment with cytotoxic drugs such as danazol. Plasmapheresis is often prescribed ...Read more
Would it be possible for a body to have adjusted to autoimmune hemolytic anemia over time. I have had fatigue, low grade fevers, positive coombs test, and an alarming drop in blood levels after surgery not losing much. Labs come back low normal.
Worth knowing: Let's finish your workup. Plenty of folks are Coombs-positive but not hemolyzing. If your reticulocyte count is up and you're well-nourished and aren't iron-deficient and it's been a while since surgery, maybe you're hemolyzing -- a reticulocyte count will tell you. With Coombs-pos, fatigue, low-grade fever, get tested for lupus. Your physician needs these missing pieces. ...Read more
Could slow onset autoimmune hemolytic anemia potentially go undisguised for a long time? Over a year of FUO, fatigue, pale, low normal labs, coombs +, warm antibodies. Transfusion needed after 400 ml loss in surgery. (hgb was 6, Hct 19%) no answers.
No answers: Is sometimes the case with FUO, the longer it stays the less likely an answer is found. It is mainly due to infections, auto-immune disorders or malignancy, but for one year any of those would have been discovered. You don't seem to have auto-immune hemolytic anemia though, at any rate I trust that your treating doctors explored all the possibilities to reach a diagnosis, trust them, the Dx is FUO ...Read more
Can you be more....: Specific? I'm not sure which congenital hemolytic anemia you are speaking of. There are many causes of hemolysis from intrinsic red cell abnormalities. They are generally subdivided into hemoglobinopathies, membranopathies and enzymopathies. Their mechanisms of red cell compromise are different, as is treatment. Our hematology grop at primary children's in slc is xlnt and always here to help. ...Read more
Find the cause: You have to find the cause of why the red blood cells are being destroyed (hemolysed) then target it; certains cause of hemolysis are medication, heredity, malignancy, infection, enlarged slpeen etc... ...Read more
I believe that I have lupus but the doctors that I have seen are hesitant to diagnose it. I have auto immune hemolytic anemia and auto immune thrombocetapenia. What shouldi do?
Treatment decisions: The real question is not "Do I have lupus? " but "How do I treat whatever this is? " There's no "magic bullet" for lupus and if it's not obvious, often the treatment is worse than the disease. The key is to manage your anemia to keep you able to function, and your thrombocytopenia to prevent serious bleeding. Decisions about administering immunosuppressants, IVIG, etc. Are ahead. Be informed. ...Read more
What to do if I have an increase in #s of RBC that makes blood to viscous hemolytic anemia hemorrhagic this?
Consult a doctor: Your statements are internally inconsistent. If you have a disorder of red blood cells, it would be prudent to consult a hematologist. ...Read more
Multifactoral: Coombs (-) hemolytic anemia means that you have evidence of hemolysis (RBC fragmentation) that is not immune mediated. Potential causes include medications, artificial valves, microangiopathic causes, and disorders involving the RBC membrane, etc. Large granular lymphocytosis may be reactive or represent a leukemia if absolute levels are 2-20, 000 and sustained for >6 mo in your peripheral blood. ...Read more
No: The oxygen carrying capacity of your blood, which is what anemia affects, does not affect fertility. However, depending upon how profound your anemia, it may make the pregnancy very difficult and risky. I would definitely correct the anemia before conception and remain in the care of your hematologist to maintain normal hemoglobin levels throughout your pregnancy. ...Read more
IgM antibodies,,,: These are known as cold agglutinins because they agglutinate or act at colder temperatures than IgG or "warm" agglutinins. That is, they act or agglutinate at colder than body temperature or 28-31 deg Centigrade. This is mostly due to idiopathic or unknown cause, lymphoma type disease or infection. The result is hemolysis of the red cells and anemia with its symptoms. They're IgM antibodies. ...Read more
Can blackstrap molasses make you feel better if you have drug-induced hemolytic anemia but your iron panel (ferritin, tibc, tsi, si) were all normal?
Forgive my candor: Blackstrap molasses is an antique health fraud which despite what others may tell contains only small amounts of vitamins, and acquires most of its mineral content from the machinery in which it was processed. Hemolytic anemia -- drug-induced or not -- is serious and needs to be followed up by a physician. Iron won't touch it. Don't let others play you for a sucker. ...Read more
It depends...: The bacterial infection should probably be treated, possibly with antibiotics. Then the cause of hemolytic anemia needs to be investigated. If it was a consequence of the infection, then it should get a better once the infection is treated but many other causes are also possible so consulting with your physician is necessary for adequate diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more