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What should I do if I have very low hemoglobin levels?

What should I do if I have very low hemoglobin levels?

Get evaluated: The causes of anemia (low hemoglobin) are many. You need an evaluation with a history and physical exam. Some initial studies include -- CBC w/diff, peripheral blood smear, reticulocyte count, epo level, fecal occult blood testing and possibly others (eg ua, vitamin studies, etc). ...Read more

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Is it common for women in their 20's and 30's to have low hemoglobin levels?

Yes: It is quite common for young women to have anemia especially if you dont eat right and if you have heavy menses. Having said that, there are many other things that can cause anemia. Please see your doctor and have your doctor evaluate you further for the cause of your anemia and direct the treatment based on the cause. ...Read more

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What causes a low hemoglobin level?

Anemia...: Anemia (low hemoglobin) is caused by the body losing blood (heavy periods, blood in stool), red blood cell instability (hemoglobinopathies), destruction (hemolysis), the bodies inability to produce new red blood cells (iron deficiency, for example), or a combination of these. Many causes of anemia are treatable, and some are inherited (sickle cell). Rarer causes include cancer. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of very low hemoglobin level?

What are symptoms of very low hemoglobin level?

Varied...: Symptoms common to many types of anemia (low hemoglobin) include the following: easy fatigue and loss of energy, rapid heart beat, (particularly with exercise), shortness of breath, headache, difficulty concentrating, dizziness, pale skin, leg cramps, and insomnia. ...Read more

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At what level do people start feeling the effects of low hemoglobin? My wife is 5 months pregnant and hers is very low

At what level do people start feeling the effects of low hemoglobin?  My wife is 5 months pregnant and hers is very low

It varies : Most pregnant women will be fine with a hemoglobin as low as 8, but I have seen asymptomatic women with it in the 5's. Because of an increase of blood volume in pregnancy low hemoglobins are better tolerated than usual. ...Read more

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What does a low hemoglobin level mean? I was told that my 3 year old sons hemoglobin is low because he drinks to much milk. Is this true or is something else wrong. And if so what would it possible be?

What does a low hemoglobin level mean? I was told that my 3 year old sons hemoglobin is low because he drinks to much milk. Is this true or is something else wrong. And if so what would it possible be?

Blood loss vs iron: Kids who consume more than 24-30 oz of milk/day can experience tiny amounts of blood loss thru the intestine due to irritation caused by the cow milk protein on the gut wall. Smaller amounts or boiled milk , don't seem to cause this problem. Blood loss, paired with the kids avoidance of other iron containing foods leads to low hemoglobin production & anemia.Other causes are also possible. ...Read more

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My father has low hemoglobin he has had 5 bags of blood and 1 bag of iron in the last three weeks after all this his level is now at 119 and falling ?

My father has low hemoglobin he has had 5 bags of blood and 1 bag of iron in the last three weeks after all this his level is now at 119 and falling ?

Anemia: It sounds as if your father is either not making enough red blood cells or they are being destroyed or lost. A complete workout should be done to determine if this is an error and blood cell production or if he is losing blood cells. ...Read more

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I have low hemoglobin/hematocrit but my iron levels are ok. Why?

Various: Iron deficiency is only one of many factors that can cause anemia ( low level of hemoglobin/hematocrit). Deficiency in other nutrient like vit b12, folate, or anemia due to other chronic inflammation/disease, destruction of the red blood cells, drug induced, bone marrow failure, bleeding, other red blood cell disorders etc can cause anemia as well. See you doctor and have further evaluation. ...Read more

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Can a very low hemoglobin level indicates pregnancy (even before we know if I am pregnant or not , during very early time)?

Can a very low hemoglobin level indicates pregnancy (even before we know if I am pregnant or not , during very early time)?

Hemoglobin level : Hemoglobin level simply help detect anemia. Anemia can have many cause such as iron def anemia, B12 def anemia, etc. Pregnancy also associated with low hemoglobin level due to sharing of blood between mom and the baby. Pregnancy testing by blood is the standard test for confirming pregnancy. So a very low hemoglobin level cannot accurately predict pregnancy. ...Read more

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