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How Long Does It Take For Your Blood Count To Start Going Up When You Take Iron Pills
About a Month: The average life span of a blood cell is about a month. You would expect it to take at least that long. ...Read more
Effective treatment for anemia is generally taking an iron supplement by mouth. Iron pills are large and difficult for some women to swallow. If so, you can usually break them in half and have one half with breakfast and the other with lunch. Drink a lot of water and eat foods that are high in fiber as iron can be constipating. You doctor may also prescribe ...Read more
I have low blood count, & I've started taking iron supplements. However, I am getting irregular periods now (twice per month). Is this normal?
Anemia: It is more likely that your irregular or heavy bleeding would lead to your iron def anemia rather than other way around. Iron can cause constipation or some abdominal discomfort. You may need to talk to your doctor about birth control pills or other types of hormones to help control your cycle. ...Read more
Variable course: If your absorption of iron is normal, and there are no other deficiencies, you should see a positive effect in a week or so. ...Read more
How long does it take to receive 6 bags/units blood & 1 bag/unit of iron, due to a blood count of 4.2 that's female?
On blood test my tibc is always abnormal. Iron is171 (h)37 to 145 normal and tibc 404 (h) normal being 225-390. I take no iron pills. What causes this?
Follow it: It's important to remember that the lab's "reference range" isn't the "normal range" or the "heathy range". Reference range is set so that 5% of perfectly healthy people fall outside. Real disease announces itself by marked variances from these ranges, or by symptoms supported by labs. Consider yourself healthy. ...Read more
If I'm anemic can I still donate blood if I don't take iron pills and if I'm on kidney medication?
No: Only in a special situation where an anemic person's blood is urgently needed would anyone want to take an anemic person's blood donation... because it would make the donor even more anemic. Perhaps if an anemic person were the only matching donor remaining in town, and a tranfusion was emergently needed... but that situation should not happen anywhere in modern America. ...Read more
I have Crohn's I am anemic because of blood loss. I take prescribed iron pills but I keep getting crazy migraines. Is low iron the cause?
Yes, sometimes: If you are losing gross blood, you need to be on stronger medicine. Low HGB is one good reason for headaches. Talk to your crohn's doctor. If your disease is active, there are good drugs to usually control it. ...Read more
I started taking doctor prescribed iron supplements. How long will it take for my blood to become normal?
Is a hematologist visit needed for anemia related to blood loss? My gastroenterologist says to take iron pills for 3 months & do more blood tests then
Read below: Iron deficiency anemia (low blood count) is most commonly due to bleeding. The cause of the bleeding must be determined and stopped and the list iron must be replaced so you can make red blood cells. Iron is replaced with pills or injections, but some patients do not absorb the pills well. Ask your doctor what your iron levels are and why your blood remains low while taking iron. ...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
Iron and anemia: Iron deficiency is one of many possible causes of anemia. A blood test can determine is your iron level is low and if you need supplemental iron. We do not generally recommend taking an iron supplement in men who have normal iron levels, since your body can't get rid of extra iron. A low iron level should prompt an evaluation for the cause. ...Read more
What to do if I am on iron pills. Why would I have a pulse of 49 and blood pressure reading of 135/81?
See below: Iron pills generally are given for (iron deficiency) anemia. The pills have nothing to do with your bp. ...Read more
My blood level is 9.3 is that ok for me to have surgery I have been taking my iron pills I have back surgery on feb.3, 2014?
Discuss this issue: With ur surgeon. Some surgeons would operate only if their hemoglobin level is above ten. Take care and god bless u! ...Read more
Used to chronic blood loss. I fixed that. Ferritin was low, took iron pills. Now ferritin normal. But serum iron is high. Stopped pills. Implication?
Manage it: I'm really glad you found the cause of your chronic bleeding. The serum iron isn't anything to worry about while you're taking oral iron. Each pill causes a spike in the value. Keep following this, and I"m glad you're better. Best wishes. ...Read more
My feces is really sharp and pokey. When I wipe, there is little blood every time. I've tried eating yogurt and iron pills and fiber pills.
Possible hemorrhoid: Make an appointment with your doctor to see if you have a hemorrhoid or something more serious. ...Read more
I fainted last week &now am having headaches. I had blood test done and found out I'm anemic so I got iron pills. But why am I still having headaches?
Mom is high in ferratin, had hematoma on theigh from angio for her heart, used iron pills for low blood, now hemoglobine is normal but high ferratin?
High ferritin: Ferrtin is the body storage of reserve iron. If iron gets to low then iron deficiency anemia occurs because iron is necessary to make hemoglobin. When oral iron is taken then when absorbed it raises the storage iron of ferritin. Consult your doctor to see about modifying the dose of iron if the serum ferritin gets to high. ...Read more
Had low hb and had a blood transfusion. Now blood levels at 8.9 how long till My blood levels go back to normal? Taking iron supplements and home rest
Can you tell me if I have a phobia of iron pills and liquids. Will my iron and blood levels get lower every time I have my period?
Consider hypnosis: Consider hypnosis and or progressive desensitization to overcome the phobia. Both techniques can cure you & you will not have 2 worry about your anemia. Find a psychologist who can teach you these simple interventions. Sometimes additional psychotherapy may be needed if the phobia is connected to a traumatic event. Let us know how you do! ...Read more
What do you suggest if I have a phobia of iron pills and liquids. Will my iron and blood levels get lower every time I have my period?
Check w/ your doctor:
Most people don't need to take iron pills unless suggested by their physician. Research foods that are rich in iron if you need to supplement.
Phobias can be managed with cognitive-behavioral therapy so you don't have to go through life in fear. ...Read more
I m 21 yr old, 60 kgs, 5'3" female I donated blood last weak and my hb was 13.2. Now I m wondering should I take some iron supplements like ipc?
What Foods apart from taking iron pills will give me blood quickly? And how often shld I exercise? I'm anemic due to Fibroids. Clots are like an Egg.
Treat the cause: The cause of your anemia appears to be blood loss due to the fibroids. This leads to iron deficiency which you are trying to correct. But it is playing catch up and may not succeed. So you need to get treatment for the fibroids...ask your gynecologist how to fix up the source of bleeding. No other diet will help you. ...Read more
Is my hairloss related with my iron deficiency? Blood test shows 12 units-iron deficienecy. (13-300). Taking iron pills. Pls help very less hair :' (.
Doctor my anemia is due to red blood cells destruction & any iron pills not affected in my case so what can I do to increase the number & size of this?
Anemia due due red cell destruction does not improve with iron. If cause is immune system, prednisone may help. If cause is abnormal shape of RBCs, then SEVERE cases may benefit from splenectomy. Your hematologist is best positioned to advise you.
If you have thalassemia (causes small RBCs) folic acid helps a little, but there is no fundamentally effective treatment. ...Read more
I've had dark black feces. No iron pills no bismuth., and the ER Dr took no stool sample. Just inserted a finger to test for blood. Second opinion?
Probably not: If a cbc, complete blood count, is completely normal then iron levels are probably normal as well. A low iron level could initially be noted as a low MCV (which means the red cells are small). This could occur before the hemoglobin or hematocrit decrease. If the test you took was just a hemoglobin or hematocrit, see your doctor to get a cbc. ...Read more
Hi abc, hi iron, etc: Polycytemia rubra vera. Discuss with your Dr. ...Read more
My blood count was 7.54. Dr put me on iron and vit B complex. Is this enough? Should I be more worried and doing more?
Probably: A hemoglobin level of 7.54 suggests a severe anemia. In young women, mild anemia can at times be from excess menstruation and treated with iron alone, however with more severe anemia the cause should be understood and corrected. Your doctor should know more about the cause in this situation and the plan to correct it, and it would be appropriate to ask about this. ...Read more
How effective is iron infusion in raising blood count? How soon can one expect to see improvement?
Several weeks: If you have anemia due to low iron, increasing your iron level will help in the production of new red cells but it takes time for the bone marrow to release these cells. Normally red cells live for 120 days, bone marrow can increase the production if needed as in case of anemia due to iron deficiency, but only after iron is available. From that time it may take 2-4 weeks to start improving. ...Read more
Yes: Use it wisely. Be sure you know why you are iron deficient and are managing the problem. I hope no one is forcing non-supplementing vegetarianism in you. Best wishes. ...Read more
Simple blood work: Nothing fancy. Those are just simple blood test. You don't have to be fasting or do anything special for that. ...Read more
If I taking iron supplements for one year, and missed them for one week, would it show a large discrepancy if I have blood work done?
No: Missing one week of iron, after taking them for a whole year would make very little difference in any lab test. Your body stores the iron, and if you are anemic it takes time for the red blood cells to be produced, so missing just a week will not make a noticeable difference. ...Read more
Anemia is. ....: An hematocrit outside the normative values for age and sex. Its presence can be detected by a complete blood count (cbc). The hematocrit is the volumetric percentage of our peripheral blood occupied by red blood cells. Typically, hematocrit (hct) for a woman is lower than for a man of the same age. Why the anemia is present is another matter, and requires investigation then corrective measures. ...Read more
Been taking iron supplements for 5 weeks, Hb increased from 9.8 to 11.7. Blood tests came back fine except RDW (27.8)being high. Should I discontinue?
Probably. Best also: Check serum Fe+2, Total Iron Binding Capacity & Ferritin as indicators of degree of adequacy of iron replacement. While too much iron over time is toxic, you also want enough intake to replace iron in RBCs lost via bleeding. Normally iron in RBCs is recycled back to bone marrow; can't do this if RBCs are lost outside body. High RDW expected due to mix of small RBCs (when Fe low) vs. Normal RBCs. ...Read more
When I attempt to donate blood, I always lack enough iron in my blood for my height/weight group (I usually come really close to the level necessary but don't quite reach it), does this mean I should consider taking iron supplements?
Blood donation: No you need to find out what is causing this and treat that. It might be iron but can be many things. ...Read more
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