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I had blood test which shows low iron levels. Is this anemia?

I had blood test which shows low iron levels. Is this anemia?

Iron deficiency: Iron deficiency is one type of several types of anemia. Anemia generally refers to low levels of hemoglobin/hematocrit. Iron deficiency can certainly cause this, but in and of itself, iron deficiency is not the same as anemia. ...Read more

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If the blood test shows that the iron levels are within range, even in the normal higher area.....Does that rule out anemia?

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 more

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I took a blood test for iron levels, thyroid, hemaglobin, and vitmain d. Will THC (weed) show up? And if does will they tell my mom? I'm 16

I took a blood test for iron levels, thyroid, hemaglobin, and vitmain d. Will THC (weed) show up? And if does will they tell my mom? I'm 16

No, and no: Your physician has no interest in determining whether you are smoking weed like many (most?) other kids. Your blood won't be tested and it would be illegal as you haven't consented; drug treatment is also confidential without your folks finding out should you need it. Please don't try any of the other illegal drugs, avoid alcohol ; tobacco, and don't drive if you're stoned. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Any advice? I have had a routine blood test, which says my iron levels are dangerously low?

Any advice? I have had a routine blood test, which says my iron levels are dangerously low?

Need test: First you need to star iron replacement and must get urgent check up to. Find out why you have low iron, reasons can range simple issues to more serious issues such as cancer bleeding. ...Read more

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My iron levels from a recent blood test register 42 ug/dl and 11.3 % saturation. Is this abnormally low or is this serious for someone my age (28)?

My iron levels from a recent blood test register 42 ug/dl and 11.3 % saturation.  Is this abnormally low or is this serious for someone my age (28)?

Whoa: You're a 28 year old man. Unless you're a vegetarian or some kind of dietary eccentric, or a frequent blood donor, you need to find why you're iron-deficient. You've got a bleeding ulcer or something nastier until proved otherwise. ...Read more

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19yo F, 5"1 125lb. Had blood test bc dr suspected low iron.Turns out my iron levels are actually beyond high, way too high.what this mean? Treatments?

19yo F, 5"1 125lb. Had blood test bc dr suspected low iron.Turns out my iron levels are actually beyond high, way too high.what this mean? Treatments?

Hemochromatosis???: Really high iron is a sign of hemochromatosis. I can't advice further since I don't have all the details of your medical history. It is very important that you follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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Fingers+toes almost always cold. But last blood test i had my iron levels were slightly high. What else could be the cause of my cold fingers+toes?

Fingers+toes almost always cold. But last blood test i had my iron levels were slightly high. What else could be the cause of my cold fingers+toes?

Hormones?: There are many possibilities, the most common is being a female. If you smoke or drink a ton of caffeine, that could also do it. Anxiety can also cause cold fingers and toes. There is disorder called raynauds where the toes and fingers can get cold, get whitish the bluish and finally red- uncommon. ...Read more

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I had a blood test a few months ago and blood cell count was normal but on the lower side so my dr gave me iron tablets and now my blood tests are excellent how do i maintain good iron levels?

I had a blood test a few months ago and blood cell count was normal but on the lower side so my dr gave me iron tablets and now my blood tests are excellent how do i maintain good iron levels?

Were you anemic?: Do you have heavy periods> Were you iron deficient? Some people require iron supplements but most get by with good sources of bioavailable iron, mostly meats, unless they have a cause for iron loss, i.e. gi bleed, woman with heavy menses, exfoliative dermatitis, etc. First confirm it is indeed iron deficiency, secondly treat appropriately. ...Read more

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7year old son blood test. WCC 11.8 platelets 421 and Abs Neutrophils 7.5. No symptoms just a routine blood tests while checking iron levels. ?

7year old son blood test. WCC 11.8  platelets 421 and Abs Neutrophils 7.5. No symptoms just a routine blood tests while checking iron levels. ?

Unclear question: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, there is nothing to be concerned about in the information you provided. The platelet count is high, but that in itself is not a bid deal. ...Read more