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How Bad Is Anemia
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!
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
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
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
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
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
If 2yrs ago my hematocrit was normally 41-42%, and now itd 37-38% & I havnt changed anything, could it be anemia crit won't go up health has gotten bad?
Could be: Could be if unmanaged. Stay on top of management and medication suggestions by your specialist. ...Read more
I'm struggling with severe anemia and am constantly tired. Is it bad to push myself to get a 40 min run in daily?
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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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
Had anemia after doing biopsy cause mudullary hypoplasia and cullularite 25 % what is mean sir is it bad please answer me?
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.
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?
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.
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
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
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
Blood test done 4 days after period with a result of 11.6 Hemoglobin, Is it considered bad anemia? Does Hemoglobin go down during or after periods?
No, not bad: In some labs, that level would not be considered anemic ...Read more
I had a bit anemia in july, the rest was normal. Did another blood test, anemia seems to be gone, all normal, except for lymphocytes 44.6 is it bad?
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
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