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My Hemoglobin is 9.6 and Hematocrit is 30.9. How bad of an anemia is it?

My Hemoglobin is 9.6 and Hematocrit is 30.9. How bad of an anemia is it?

Evaluation: You have mild anemia, You should see your doctor to have more blood test (CBC, Retic, combs, serum iron) to find the cause so be treated. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

Any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood ...Read more


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How bad does iron def anemia have to be before it causes heart problems? My hemo is 11 (116) and iron is 8. Have chest pain and sob and low BP and dizzyness and restless legs. So sick slways!

How bad does iron def anemia have to be before it causes heart problems? My hemo is 11 (116) and iron is 8. Have chest pain and sob and low BP and dizzyness and restless legs. So sick slways!

Much lower than that: A hemoglobin of 11 is only mildly reduced. Anemia itself will not cause cardiac or more likely issues with oxygen transport until it is much lower. Exactly how low depends on whether there are pre existing cardiovascular issues. ...Read more

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I have anemia is it bad?

I have anemia is it bad?

In an otherwise: Healthy 18 yo it is unlikely to be serious. The cause will need to be sorted out to make a plan. ...Read more

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Could it be something bad if I have anemia?

Severe anemia...: Can be very harmful to your health. It can cause syncope (or passing out). It can worsen the effects of heart disease or lung diseases. Mild anemia should be managed with supplements to replete iron and vitamin c. Your doctor should also try to fix causes of your anemia and should rule out various cancers. ...Read more

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Could my daughter have anemia and a bad diet?

Could my daughter have anemia and a bad diet?

Yes, but: Your question is vague. Anyone could have both these issues. If you have a specific question, it is better is you provide background information so a more realistic picture of the problem is available for comment. ...Read more

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How serious is anemia? And is it bad to have it at 16 years old?

How serious is anemia? And is it bad to have it at 16 years old?

Varies: Building blood requires that you have the building blocks to make red cells, or that you are not losing the ones you make. Our cells wear out in 90-100 days and must be recycled, dietary iron is the most common limiting "building block". Most folks at any age just need more iron in their diet to fix this. For most it is a minor issue. Some have rare or worrisome causes. Talk it over with your doc. ...Read more

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What do I do if my daughter have anemia and a bad diet? Please, need some answers?

What do I do if my daughter have anemia and a bad diet? Please, need some answers?

Anemia: First find out why anemic. If she doesn't have enough iron in her diet and that is the cause, she can take a supplemental iron pill as prescribed by her doctor. But first and foremost, find out WHY she is anemic. It might involve a good history of her diet and what she is eating or there may be another cause. Have her doctor investigate this. ...Read more

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I was told I have low iron /anemia what can I do about it and is it bad. And what is it to be exaxt?

Iron deficiency: Is due to chronic blood loss. In young women this is almost always due to heavy menses. Iron replacement is prescribed and the prognosis is excellent. ...Read more

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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.?

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 more

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I have arthritis, anemia and raynauds. Is this bad?

I have arthritis, anemia and raynauds. Is this bad?

Could be: Could be if unmanaged. Stay on top of management and medication suggestions by your specialist. ...Read more

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I'm struggling with severe anemia and am constantly tired. Is it bad to push myself to get a 40 min run in daily?

See doctor: You need to find out the cause of the anemia. Some anemia may be due to bleeding, malignancy, genetics etc... When the cause is found a treatment plan may be formulated by your doctor. ...Read more

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I have anemia and get really bad headaches. Can that be the reason for the headaches? What can I do to relieve the pain?

Yes.: Severe anemia can be associated with headaches. The most important issue is identifying the cause of the anemia and correcting it. If anemia is the cause of the headaches, proper treatment will take care of them. The most common cause ina premenopausal female is iron deficiency. If that is the situation, you have taken iron, and are not improving, you need to see a hematologist and/or ob-gyn. ...Read more

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Can lack of sleep be bad for my anemia?

Can lack of sleep be bad for my anemia?

More tired: Lack of sleep will not affect your anemia- it will not do anything with the level of your hemoglobin. Lack of sleep, however, will make you more tired-especially if you already feel tired to beign with because of your anemia. ...Read more

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I have headaches after I eat and dizziness can this be tied to my anemia as I have real bad anemia?

Well: You have also had multiple surgeries Your question is a complicated one and requires a very thorough evaluation. You should see your doctor and be thoroughly examined including any necessary testing ...Read more

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Had anemia after doing biopsy cause mudullary hypoplasia and cullularite 25 % what is mean sir is it bad please answer me?

If I understand: Your question a bm biopsy and aspirate were performed for the evaluation of anemia. The marrow was hypocelllular at 25%. A nineteen yo should have a cellularity of over 60%. I doubt this is "bad" but it does need to be sorted out/followed. ...Read more

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What can I do at home to help with menstrual related anemia? I am bleeding very badly with lots of clots and am concerned. Feeling really weak/ill.

You need to go to th: The er tonight or call your gyn as you need an exam, blood work to r/ o preg and to see how anemic u are and to check other hormones, and a pelvic ultrasound and then the proper treatment can be prescribed. ...Read more

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How do u know if u have anemia I don't eat meat and I feel weak and tired most of the time. I don't eat a lot either and get bad pains in my side?

Blood test: You need a blood test to check but the fatigue sounds like you might be. Additionally I assume you get monthly periods - that is a major cause of anemia. ...Read more

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Can I crush up an iron pill and put it on my skin to see if i'd be allergic to it? I have to take OTC slow fe from cvs for anemia & I'm scared of a bad reaction.

Can I crush up an iron pill and put it on my skin to see if i'd be allergic to it? I have to take OTC slow fe from cvs for anemia & I'm scared of a bad reaction.

Very unlikely: Iron is naturally found in your body in the red blood cells, so almost no one is allergic to iron. When you get a bruise, the yellowish color that appears after a few days is iron from the broken down red cells. Iron can be
irritating to the stomach. It should be taken with food. People can be allergic to the dye or preservatives in the iron pill, but this is rare. ...Read more

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Have bad anemia. Tests show I can't absorb iron from food or pills. Are their liquid iron supplements & do you think they'd help?

Have bad anemia. Tests show I can't absorb iron from food or pills. Are their liquid iron supplements & do you think they'd help?

Liquid won't help: If you're not absorbing from food or pills, I don't think that liquid form will help. Most likely you will need to get a shot of iron to absorb it. Check with your physician. It seems you are getting IV iron- that is another method to absorb iron. Have your doctor also look into why your iron is so low. ...Read more

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I have a uti and my mch is 26.9 and mchc is 31.5, does this mean I have anemia? And is my kidney condition severely bad? The ultrasound was clear.

I have a uti and my mch is 26.9 and mchc is 31.5, does this mean I have anemia? And is my kidney condition severely bad? The ultrasound was clear.

No: Will need your hemoglobin and hematocrit result and sometimes in addition your Chem profile to ensure no Hemoconcentration before determining anemic and the extent. ...Read more

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Am 70yrs. I had bad depresion for 14 month, eat once daily and sleep 3 hrs. Does that cause macrocytic anemia. B12, folic ok. Can it be bad absorption?

Am 70yrs. I had bad depresion for 14 month, eat once daily and sleep 3 hrs. Does that cause macrocytic anemia. B12, folic ok. Can it be bad absorption?

Yes.: I may have answered this already. Depression can cause poor appetite and may cause malnutrition over a long period of time. However if your B12 and Folic Acid are normal, then I do not believe you have macrocytic anemia. The cause of macrocytic anemia is due to the absence of intrinsic factor in your stomach causing malabsorption of nutrients that can cause macrocytic anemia. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with anemia and on pills, but I have severe headaches and bad dizziness, and no energy?

What are the pills?: For a young woman iron deficiency would be the most common. Anemia is associated with headache, dizziness and low energy. Once therapy starts it takes a few weeks to see improvement. ...Read more

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I have anemia, low ferritin, I can't take iron, I have gastritis, and iron irritates me stomach. How can I take it without bad impact on my stomach?

I have anemia, low ferritin, I can't take iron, I have gastritis, and iron irritates me stomach. How can I take it without bad impact on my stomach?

Intravenous: Preparation of iron can be given intravenously and all of the required dose can be administered in one sitting. Consult your doctor for the treatment. ...Read more

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Can tea be bad for you if you have a B12 deficiency or penicious anemia? Or not help your blood count?

You're okay: Tea contains tannins that interfere some with iron absorption in folks who are iron deficient. Too much can make you sick, as with many other things. It's not going to impact an anemia caused by B12 deficiency from any cause. ...Read more

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What kind of vit injections could be asked 4. 2 help severe exhaustion n weakness? Have anemia, spinal deg badly. Chronic pain, poss cfs

What kind of vit injections could be asked 4. 2 help severe exhaustion n weakness? Have anemia, spinal deg badly. Chronic pain, poss cfs

Uncertain: Unfortunately, medical studies haven't shown significant improvent in your symptoms because of vitamin injections per se. An inexpensive multivitamin should cover all your bases. ...Read more