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Anemia Iron Level
Low blood counts: In most people, iron is "lost" very slowly over time. In some patients, iron levels drop, due to bleeding, menstruation, or lack of absorption. In that case, anemia can soon follow, unless iron supplements are given. Pica is another consequence of low iron. Pica is the craving of inedible substances, such as ice or dirt. ...Read more
Have anemia, v low iron levels & no appetite especially 4 meats. Taking ferrous gluconate w/vit C - not working. Is liver extract a good alternative?
VERY serious: You need to find out why you are iron deficient. You have stomach or colon cancer until proved otherwise. Stomach or duodenal ulcer is also a common cause. Grown men don't "just get" iron deficiency, especially if they aren't vegetarians. Get with a physician who will work you up aggressively. Best wishes. ...Read more
I am experiencing iron deficiency anemia. Ferritin level is a 4. Hemoglobin <11. Is it ok to take children's chewable vitamins with iron?
Yes: Anemia means low red blood cell count, there are many causes for this, one being iron defiency...Others would include bone marrow suppression, increased destruction of red blood cells or other deficiencies in the building blocks of red blood cells (folate, vit b 12)... Etc. Various blood test can help narrow the list, see your doc or a hematologist. ...Read more
Hi. I've read that low iron/anemia can make my eggs non-viable. Is this reversible when iron levels are increased?
Unlikely: Anemia can make you weak and unwell but has no serious effects on your body functions like the issue that you have raised. That is not something I would be concerned or worried about. get a medical check up to find the cause of anemia and get it treated. You will be well soon! ...Read more
If the blood test shows that the iron levels are within range, even in the normal higher area.....Does that rule out anemia?
Anemia: While iron deficiency is a common cause of anemia esp in menstruating women, there are many causes of anemia with normal iron levels. Ie nutritional b vitamin defiency, bone marrow issues causing decreased production of red blood cells, hemolysis or increased breakdown of red blood cells, drugs etc. Your doctor should help sort things out for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My iron levels came back 21 low, transferrin 352.0 normal, tibc 492.8 high , saturation 4.3 % low . Would this be normal anemia?
Normal iron level but I have mild anemia...what can cause the anemia and what can I do about the fatigue if I should not take additional iron?
Energy: Good quality, 7 to 9 hour regular sleep, outdoor activity daily in the sun, aerobic 45 minute moderate exercise like swift walking and small balanced meals all increase energy. Eat food that improve iron absorption such as vitamin C in citrus fruits, dark green leafy vegetables, melons, potatoes, tomatoes and strawberries. Eat high iron foods like Red meat, Pork, Poultry, Seafood, and Beans. ...Read more
What do you recommend if I had been tested for anemia because of extreme tirdness but my iron levels came back fine. does a cold/flu cause inflammation?
Iron and anemia: Iron is not the best test for anemia, as deficiency is just one possible (common) cause. General fatigue can be associated with the response to infections like cold or flu. Best to correlate the course of disease, symptoms and overall lab results, rather than just a few. ...Read more
Can people with thalassemia take iron supplements if the iron level are really low ie; less than 2? Anemia too, heamoglobin is 10
Chronic anemia problems since Nov 14. Had 12 transfusions so far. H&h normally at 6.2 & 28% every 2 weeks. Any ideas as to a cause? Iron levels normal
Need a workup: Look Eric. You're either hemorrhaging or hemolyzing or not producing red cells. If one of my first-year medical students was caring for you, he/she would have told me by day 2 which of the three it was, based on elementary labs. Each has several sub-possibilities. If you value your life, get with a physician who's competent and with whom you can communicate. Your not knowing is unacceptable. ...Read more
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Iron level 9, diagnosed with anemia. I have a rapid heart rate that goes to 180 when walking at a 3mph on the treadmill, is this part of my anemia?
Perhaps partially: While anemia can cause some level of tachycardia (fast heart beat), 180 is very rapid, and i would suggest further evaluation by a cardiologist if your heart rate is anywhere near this fast while at rest. If you just started exercising, this heart rate doesn't stay this elevated long and your heart is not used to this level of activity, it should start to decrease as you maintain regular exercise. ...Read more
My iron is 69ug/l but I have all the symptoms of anemia. My b 12 is 1018pmol/l. Do my levels suggest that of low iron?
Need more info: Iron deficiency is not defined solely by a low iron, other levels are improtant. The most important is are you anemic. The MCV (mean corpuscular volume) is helpful as well. The TIBC (total iron binding capacity), ferritin are important as well. The gold standard for iron deficiency would be a bone marrow aspiration and biopsy negative for iron staining. For B12 def, you need an mma. Ask your md. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I was prescribed iron pills but chose to stop, is it bad to have anemia and have low levels of iron? If so, what's the worst that can happen..?
Iron deficiency: Low iron makes you tired, pale, lightheaded, and short of breath. It can cause 'pica' (craving something unusual). The most common symptom is munching ice. Additional symptoms include foggy thinking, poor hair and nail growth, itching, and restless legs. Pregnant women with low iron can have children with lower iq scores than if they had adequate iron stores. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the normal hemo level for women. I have anemia & taking 2 325 mg iron pills a day. My hem level was a little over 9 and i feel like passing ou?
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