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How Long Does Forgetfulness Associated With Anemia Last
Depends.: The normal hemoglobin is around 12-14 for women and 14-16 for men. Most people will not have symptoms if the hemoglobin is over 11. But many may have no symptoms at 9 or even 8, especially if the anemia came on slowly. There is a level below which people have symptoms and above which they don't, but it varies between people. Once the count comes up, symptoms should be gone. ...Read more
Is it normal I have had my period for 21 days! Last month I had my period for a month and apparently this month is also lasting as long. I do have low anemia and I am concern that it might be that. I bleed in excess right now it is regular but days ago I
A regular period occurs once every 24-35 days (3.5 to 5 weeks) and should last 7 days or less. The two most common reasons for abnormal cycles are abnormal hormone levels or problems with the uterus. In order to check your hormone levels, you should have a hormonal evaluation to look at your thyroid function (tsh/t4), ovarian function (fsh) on day 2-4 of your cycle, pituitary function (specifically prolactin) and your testosterone levels (to see if you have polycystic ovarian syndrome). If any of these are abnormal they can usually be treated with medication. In order to evaluate the uterus, the best test will be a sonohystogram (pelvic ultrasound with saline water infusion into the uterus). This will allow the doctor to "see" inside the uterus to see if you have any polyps (abnormal growths of uterine lining) or fibroids (non-cancerous tumors) that can be causing the bleeding. The ultrasound will also allow the doctor to check for large ovarian cysts or many small ovarian cysts (polycystic ovaries) which can lead to heavy or prolonged bleeding. If you have anemia due to heavy bleeding you may consider taking a multivitamin or iron tablets. You may consider seeing a reproductive endocrinologist to help resolve your bleeding issues.
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I'm 16, have PCOS, had long periods last month, recently got diagnosed microcytic hypochromic anemia & beta thalassemia trait. Are these all related?
It depends: It is very important to know what kind of anemia and what causes it. Iron deficiency is one of the main causes but there are others: vitamin b12/folate deficiency, chronic disease like infection or cancer, genetic conditions, certain medications, toxins, etc. Consulting with your doctor or a hematologist for proper testing and diagnosis is a must before starting any treatment. ...Read more
Huge variation: Starting with the severity of the aplasia. Mild and some moderates may be treated with supportive care. Sever treated with atg and steroids, or donor stem cell transplantation. Transplant is curative, but also has risk. Best case survival can be that of a healthy person. ...Read more
It depends: In aplastic anemia, people make little or no blood cells. The risk to life depends on how severe the low blood counts are. Mild aa might do well without treatment, but severe aa is immediately life threatening. There are very effective therapies available using immunosuppression or bone marrow transplant. ...Read more
PICA: Pica is characterized by an appetite for substances largely non-nutritive, such as ice cubes, clay, chalk, dirt, baking soda or sand pica is associated and actually one of the symptoms that can be found in patients with iron deficiency anemia. Pica is more commonly seen in women and children. ...Read more
What are some common conditions that can cause forgetfulness in a 21 year old? MRI last July normal.
Forgetfulness: In a young male. Stress, depression, anxiety all interfere w/recall. See doc to rule out physical conditions and then a mental health professional to learn stress management. See www. Relaxationresponse. Org for some self-help. How is your nutrition, exercise level, and sleep? ...Read more
28 yo male, very tiny specks of blood on TP during last wipe. No anemia, negative occult test. What are the possible causes?
Hemorroid: Is your stool hard? Drink a lot of water. Eat dried fruits, veg& fresh fruits. Prune juice is good. ...Read more
How long for anemia symptoms to leave once taking b12 and iron. I have Been taking iron for about 3 weeks and just started the b12 about 4 days ago?
Depends: It really depends on how low the level to start, what dose of iron and b12 and in which form you are consuming the b12. Injections are the most efficient followed by sublingual and then oral. Once adequate levels are established the anemia will begin to resolve. Rechecking anywhere from 6 to 12 weeks is reasonable to ensure adequate improvement. ...Read more
Additional info on my previous question: my hgb has dropped in the last few months from 11.9 to 10.2, I just did not have enough room to put that in my initial question. This is non fe-def anemia.
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Many things: A person's memory is actually made of different parts and each part has different possible causes for memory loss. In general, memory problems can occur from alcohol abuse, mood disorders, psychosis, stress and anxiety, psychological trauma, head injuries and dementia. However, at your age, you may simply have too much to think about and this may cause problems with "working memory". ...Read more
Depends: There are many different kinds of anemia, each of which have their own causes. You need to figure out what kind of anemia you have and what needs to be done to treat it. It could be that a simply nutritional supplement (iron, b12, thiamine) will be enough. It could be a more chronic problem that has no quick fix. If you're anemic for any reason, you need to see your doc right away. ...Read more
It depends upon....: The cause of the anemia and the means being used to correct it. For example, transfusion to correct an acute onset anemia can produce almost immediate improvement, while oral fe therapy to correct an fe deficiency state can lead to improvement over the course of days and resolution over a couple of weeks. Some with chronic anemias can accommodate to their low HGB and feel normal with no correction. ...Read more
Possibly several day: Depending on how severe the anemia is translates into effect on cardiac status. Below 8 gms. One needs outpatient transfusion to bring Hgb to l12. A low Hgb can be tolerated and improved with diet Fe++ and Procrit (epoetin alfa). I've had patients coming in with 4gm Hgb and while feeling weak still were functional. This level considered dangerous and patient admitted for transfusion. ...Read more
Fast or slow:
It all depends (as with everything!)
Ultimately one would die from lack of oxygen transport to the tissues of the body. If this comes in the form of a heart attack, it could be fast with a relatively-high hemoglobin (perhaps even 8 if you had severe heart disease). On the other hand, if anemia declines slowly over long time in young person, I have seen Hb of 3. ...Read more
Depends on cause...: There are many causes of anemia, and each will cause a different degree of anemia and will be different in how quickly they drop a person's red blood cell count. In an extreme case, say severe autoimmune mediated hemolytic anemia, the person could die with a couple of days. On the other side, many causes of anemia result in stable disease (does not progressively get worse). ...Read more
Why do you take the risk? Take multivitamin therapeutic once or twice daily for prevention. Vitamin B12 is important, might need to take a shot 500-1000 mcg every 3-6 months. Vegetarian food leads t also iron and minerals.....
The time taken to be anemic is ill-defined since it depends on the type and quality and quantity of the vegetarian food. Be smart. Be wise. Prevent anemia from happening. ...Read more
What can anyone do if you have a relative who is very forgetful with long and short term memory loss?
Be supportive: Encourage them to discuss with their doctor. Be supportive and tell them that you have noticed that they struggle to remember ordinary things. Offer to go with them to their doctor to help them explain their memory problems with specific examples. ...Read more
I had an anemia issue last year & now I have no appetite. What can I do? I do not want to loose any more weight?
Need to be evaluated: You should see your pmd and have further evaluation. The anemia and now loss of apette may be related or may be two different problems. How much weight dd you lose? You should have some blood work, and perhaps imaging study-depending on your other symptoms and whether you have significant weight loss. Also, if you have iron deficiency-gi work-up should be done as well. Start by seeing your pmd. ...Read more
Anemia isn't much...: ...Of an impediment to flying. If your anemia allows you to walk up a flight of stairs, you have enough reserve to manage an airplane flight. In fact, there are many destinations such as denver where the natural air pressure is lower than cabin pressure on commercial flights. ...Read more
Cocaine: If you are being checked for anemia and they will not test for cocaine. However, your anemia may be due to Cocaine use. If the ordering MD has asked for cocaine levels then they will test. Here is a bit of advice - if you want to enjoy your life and live well and long do not use cocaine. ...Read more
Can take a while: If you were severely anemic because of iron deficiency, 6 weeks of oral iron is probably not long enough. Your body will start to be able to make new red blood cells much more robustly when you start taking the iron, and many people start to feel better in a week or two. To replenish your body's iron stores, however, you may need to take iron 6 months or more. Talk with your doc for guidance. ...Read more
Why do patients with severe anemia may be compromised if transfused with large quantities of long stored blood?
Ask your doctor: I am not too concerned about using old blood as there is no serious complication due to use of long stored blood. Ask your doctor why you needed the blood transfusion...That is much more important to find out and treating the cause. ...Read more
Started ferrous sulfate for anemia yesterday, curious as to how long before I could feel better? Said was 9.8 and should be 13 (?)
Depends: With your hemoglobin being at 9.8, it is likely that you have no iron stores. Depending on how regularly you take the iron supplement and how good you are at absorbing it, it will take a few months to replenish the stores. It would not be a bad idea to stay on the supplement as long as you have menstrual periods. ...Read more
What happen if my aplastic anemia getting worst? Because I keep fainting several times and sometimes I can't even stand for too long.
This is serious: You will need to discuss management of your disease with your physcian. Especially if you have been told you have "aplastic anemia" at age 23 and are not fully educated about your disease and under the care of a specialist hematologist, you need to do some investigating on your own. Best wishes. ...Read more
I was diagnosis with an iron def. Anemia 4 weeks ago (cause not yet known) and had 1 dose of infed, iv. But am still tired. How long to take effect?
Not yet.: In my experience it may take up to 4 weeks for intravenous iron to have an effect on the hemoglobin. However, this will not change your tiredness as it is associated with both low hemoglobin and the absence of iron. You need to replace the iron until the reserves are full otherwise the anemia and your symptoms will persist. If this has been done look for other causes of the fatigue. ...Read more
After working for long hours I feel like puking, my heartbeats fast and I have cold sweat. I have anemia. Are these common to those who have anemia?
I eat about 7 pounds of ice a week. Is this unhealthy? I did have a problem with anemia but last blood test was normal. I've had the cravings 2 years
Maybe: People who eat ice, or starch or in some areas clay often have an iron deficiency problem. Though you said you had anemia which was now proved normal--you may still have a degree of iron deficiency, which can only be evaluated with specific blood tests--serum iron, per cent iron saturation and ferritin. If you have menstrual periods, you loose iron every month. Are you on vitamins with iron? ...Read more
Depends: On the type of anemia. Of it's from iron deficiency then if you take iron supplements it should start improving within a few weeks. There are other causes of anemia that don't improve right away, and need special treatment and sometimes need treatment of an underlying illness of there is one. ...Read more