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Dangerously Low Iron Levels Symptoms
Why do you ask?: If a man feels tired or has diminished exercise tolerance, anemia is a consideration. It needs to be investigated by a physician. Self-treatment by taking iron will simply mask the cause of iron deficiency, which especially in a man is a bleeding ulcer or stomach cancer until proved otherwise. If the guy is iron-deficiency from vegetarianism, he needs to wise up and supplement. Best wishes. ...Read more
Odd cravings or Pica: Iron deficiency may cause anemia with fatigue, coldness, weakness, decreased exercise tolerance, palpitations and shortness of breath. You may also see changes in hair (color, hair loss or thinning), nails (brittleness, lines, grooves), mouth (stomatitis), tongue (glossitis) and stomach (gastric atrophy/abdominal pain). Unusual cravings (Pica) for ice, starch, clay, or other items may also occur. ...Read more
No Symptoms: Low iron levels may cause no symptoms at all until the level is low enough to cause anemia. Anemia is associated with fatigue, pale lips, fast heart beat, and cold hands and feet. Most important is to figure out why iron is low. Do you need to eat more iron rich foods? Are you loosing blood? There is a great explanation at http://www. Nhlbi. Nih. Gov/health/health-topics/topics/ida/signs. Html. ...Read more
Low grade fever 99-99.5 and virus twice in one month. Slightly low iron levels. Terrified of lymphoma?! No other symptoms except anxiety.
Get more information: Knowledge is power. You need to see your primary care doctor and get the proper tests regarding the lymphoma. As for the anxiety if you have anxiety that is of long duration and centers on health concerns or others you may need to see a psychologist for therapy and or consider medication. Basically you need an evaluation to allay your medical fears and go from there. ...Read more
Units?: If this is serum iron in micrograms per deciliter, this is extremely low and you are seriously sick. You need to find the cause of your iron deficiency (heavy monthly loss? Ill-advised vegetarianism? stomach ulcer? bowel cancer? hookworm? Many others) before it disables / kills you. I'm sorry if your physician did not emphasize the seriousness of the situation. Work with him/her on the cause & Rx ...Read more
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 more
Iron deficiency: Iron deficiency can cause anemia, fatigue, poor thinking, abnormal hair and nail growth, and pica (craving unusual things to eat). In a woman your age, it is usually due to the loss of blood (and the iron inside the red cells) with menstruation. Please see your doctor to determine whether anything else is causing your low iron levels, and to receive appropriate advice on iron supplementation. ...Read more
Yes: Many of the causes of low iron levels are treatable. Most people compensate for low iron levels without symptoms but if the cause leads to worsening levels, then investigating and treating the cause are worthwhile and sensible. ...Read more
Healthy diet: Sources of iron - egg yolk, molasses, raisin bran, raisins, prunes, dried apricots, figs, kidney beans, pinto beans, navy beans, lentils, split green peas, enriched cereals, enriched macaroni, spinach, greens, broccoli, lima beans, avocado. Cook in a cast iron pan. The following foods can help your body absorb iron better: orange, cantaloupe, strawberries, grapefruit, broccoli, brussels sprouts. ...Read more
I was told that my iron levels in my body are really low.... If my iron levels keep going down what will happen?
Can cause anemia: Low iron relates mainly to your blood counts and how your bone marrow handles your body's need for hemoglobin. Low iron can be nutritional, because your body breaks down blood cells or because you are losing blood. The last two causes result from your body trying to avoid anemia by using iron to make more blood. Anemia and low iron need some investigation and treatment. Even if n anemia, not normal. ...Read more
I have had all my tests 3 yrs ago but they keep finding my iron levels low and they keep putting me back on iron. Worried is this normal.
Fe deficiency.: By "all my tests" I assume you mean you had a thorough evaluation for blood loss including upper and lower GI examinations. If iron levels remain low despite negative exams you must be losing iron in menstruation or failing to absorb iron. The treatment would be to control menstrual losses and to supplement your iron. Your doc should have a better understanding of which problem you have. ...Read more
May be, may be not: Further evaluation is obviously needed. I can't say whether it is related or not without getting more information. In many cases- probably those two are not related. However in a case of colon cancer with metastatic disease to the liver- it can cause both increase of bilirubin level as well as low iron. Go to see your md and discuss further your condition. ...Read more
Generally 'no': But it's not optimal either.Get a more detailed answer ›
Hair loss/low iron:
What makes you think you have low iron levels?
If you are a male it is not at all uncommon to begin to lose hair. There are options for preventing this, believe it or not, starting with a hair stylist. ...Read more
It is not the low iron levels per se that cause symptoms, but the anemia due to iron deficiency that, depending on severity, may cause symptoms. Please consult this site for information on this topic.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/iron-deficiency-anemia/basics/symptoms/con-20019327 ...Read more
Normal: You can be low on iron but still have a normal hemoglobin. The iron level is not the best test of iron reserves. Ferritin is a better test. The gold standard is bone marrow biopsy. Not necessary here. Treating low (hypo) ferritinemia does not improve symptoms -- http://www. Biomedcentral. Com/1741-7015/10/8. ...Read more
Body needs more: One simplified answer is: Your iron level may be reported as within a normal range, but your body needs more iron than it currently has, and therefore makes more of the protein that transports iron in the blood. Your blood is now iron "absorbant" rather than "saturated, " and your iron saturation is reported as low. ...Read more
My ferritin level is 5.5 starting range is 6.2-137.0 is this a considerably low level? My iron levels are within normal range.
Low iron stores:
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, your ferritin levels suggest low body stores of iron. Iron deficiency is common in women due to menstrual blood loss. You may take oral iron supplement with multivitamins and consult your doctor at the next visit.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more
What causes low iron levels? How low are mine exactly? Iron- 22 l (range: 50-170) dibc- 424 (265-497) % saturation- 5 l (15-50) ferritin 6.6 l (6.0-137)
Mild to moderate iron deficiency: This kind of iron deficiency is very common in young women and can be related to heavy periods a diet rich in iron such as red meats and leaky this important plus iron supplement this could correct it if there is no acute or chronic bleeding that is undetected if you suspect a bleeding problem then please see your physician. ...Read more
Nobody knows: The key is that you get the iron deficiency managed. I got myself iron deficient with overzealous blood donations and discovered that the chew-the-ice stuff is real. Rice cakes are a popular second -- anything big and crunchy and relatively tasteless seems to appeal to the iron-deficient. I notice that you list other meds but not an iron supplement, and no sign of a workup. Find the cause & get Rx ...Read more
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