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Can hemorrhoids cause anemia through occult blood loss? Or would the bleeding more likely be overt?

Can hemorrhoids cause anemia through occult blood loss? Or would the bleeding more likely be overt?

Possible: If it is long standing it is possible do you have any symptoms of either? May warrant a visit with your doctor

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Can hemorrhoids cause normocytic anemia?

Can hemorrhoids cause normocytic anemia?

Unlikely: You would have to be bleeding for a long time. It really is not a chronic disease. However, if you are bleeding a lot, it could lead to an iron deficiency. That may initially be a noemi cystic anemia. Hope this helps.

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Can hemorrhoids be a cause of extreme iron deficiency anemia?

Can hemorrhoids be a cause of extreme iron deficiency anemia?

Yes, but so: Can colon cancer. It depends on amount of bleeding, but hemorrhoids generally do not cause anemia. Get it checked out.

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How common is anemia with hemorrhoids?

How common is anemia with hemorrhoids?

Bleeding: Anemia is not uncommon. I see it in approximately 3 percent of sufferers from internal hemorrhoids. But one should also consider other causes of anemia like colon cancer in that case.

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I have anemia and take iron medication (ferrous sulfate). Should I continue if I recently developed hemorrhoids and the iron makes me constipated?

I have anemia and take iron medication (ferrous sulfate). Should I continue if I recently developed hemorrhoids and the iron makes me constipated?

Tk ferrous gluconate: It's much easier on the gut, or eat spinach, dark leafy greens have a lot or iron and trace minerals. Hydrate well!

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I'm wondering are hemorroids and anemia linked?

I'm wondering are hemorroids and anemia linked?

Hemorroids: Ongoing bleeding from hemorroids can result in anaemia.

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Can a hemoglobin blood result alone confirm anemia? In sept my result 136 and last week 133. Within norm but bleeding a lot from hemorrhoids. No pain.

Can a hemoglobin blood result alone confirm anemia? In sept my result 136 and last week 133. Within norm but bleeding a lot from hemorrhoids. No pain.

Yes: If your hemoglobin level is normal, you are not anemic. There are however different ways of measuring the hemoglobin, and the most accurate is a formal blood sample, not just a finger stick. Hope this helps!

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What can cause anemia?

Many causes: Anemia is low blood count and may be mild or serious. Either you body does not produce enough red cells (blood cell cancer, uremia, chemotherapy, low iron, malnutrition) or you are actively bleeding (ulcers, trauma, GI malignancy, gu malignancy) or you are destroying your cells (inherited, splenic overactivity). Your hematologist needs to sort this out. If the cause is gone, you can do well.

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Causes of low anemia in men?

Causes of low anemia in men?

Low Blood Count: This is a rare situation for younger men. So, it must be taken seriously. First would be a general sense of one's health. Are there any chronic illnesses or infections? Next would be if there could be a bleeding ulcer or other situation in the GI tract. Any good medical provider will investigate this situation fully to make sure the cause is identified and treated.

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Can anemia cause pain to occur?

Possible: Many people get aches and cramps in their legs when they are anemic and can be an early sign. If there are other pathologies, such as peripheral vascular disease, then it can cause an increase in pain as well. There is also weak evidence in the literature suggesting anemia can make fibromyalgia pain worse. I hope that helps!

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Can you tell me the types and causes of anemia?

Can you tell me the types and causes of anemia?

Multiple: Iron deficiency (microcytic hypochromic) is one of the main causes but there are others: vitamin b12/folate deficiency (macrocytic), chronic disease like infection or cancer (normocytic normochromic), genetic conditions (thalassemia), certain medications, toxins, etc. Consulting with your doctor or a hematologist for proper testing and diagnosis is a must before starting any treatment.

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What are the severities caused because of anemia?

Anemia: Anemia is a condition when hemoglobin level is below the normal range. It can be caused by many things- i.e. Bleeding, iron, vit B12 deficiency, red blood cell destruction, , bone marrow failure etc. It can be so severe- such as in massive bleeding- and people do die from massive bleeding if bleeding can't be controlled. In chronic case- heart failure, other organ dysfunction/failure can happen.

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What is anemia and can it cause you to be hopitalized?

What is anemia and can it cause you to be hopitalized?

Anemia...: Anemia (low hemoglobin) is caused by the body losing blood (heavy periods, blood in stool, red blood cell instability [hemoglobinopathies] or destruction [hemolysis]), the bodies inability to produce new red blood cells (for example iron deficiency), or a combination of these. Many causes of anemia are treatable, and some are inherited (sickle cell). Can need hospitalization depending on cause.

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How can hookworms cause anemia?

How can hookworms cause anemia?

Yes: They hook onto the bowel wall leading to blood loss. They also cause protein loss. In children, it can slow growth and mental development.

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What are the causes of pernicious anemia?

What are the causes of pernicious anemia?

Autoimmune disease: Pernicious anemia is an autoimmune disease producing autoantibodies against intrinsic factor found in the lining of the stomach. This leads to lack of absorption of vitamin B12 which is important in making blood cells and for nourishment of the nervous system. Treatment would be by replacement of B12 via injections or absorption into the body by other means (nasal spray).

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Can lice cause anemia?

Can lice cause anemia?

No: No they do not. (not a cause and effect)

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