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I have anemia and have been on iron. What else can I do?

I have anemia and have been on iron. What else can I do?

Causes of anemia: There are literally hundreds of causes for anemia. Iron deficiency is certainly one of the most common. If you have not responded to iron therapy, your primary care physician or hematologist will need to look into the other many causes of anemia.

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Is a platelet count of 507 something to be worried about? In Jan it was 615 & I was advised that It was caused by anemia & have been on iron sups.

Is a platelet count of 507 something to be worried about? In Jan it was 615 & I was advised that It was caused by anemia & have been on iron sups.

It is on the high si: A Platelet count of >450,000 is of concern and needs to be checked by a doctor. We need to see the results of your complete Blood count(CBC) before we can give you further advice. Are you under the care of a doctor who is treating your Anemia? He/she may be able to take care of you but you need to follow up until your blood counts return to normal.

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I have been told I have too much iron but have refractive anemia. Nothing was prescribed. What should I be eating or doing?

Please ask your doct: If you have too much iron, how was that determined? There are other types of anemia--other than associated with iron deficiency. Too much iron may require special tests and treatments that are associated with decreasing the iron amount. Diet should be of decreased iron containing foods. You must follow with your hematologist--.

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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.

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I have mild anemia, waiting on iron studies to come back. I also have low myoglobin levels, what does that mean? I have recently been diagnosed with

I have mild anemia, waiting on iron studies to come back. I also have low myoglobin levels,  what does that mean? I have recently been diagnosed with

That amount: Of information without other clinical information means very little by itself. It is best to continue the evaluation by your doctor and ask questions but be patient.

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How long do I recover after internal bleeding?It's been 10 weeks now(got7, 3 hgb back then)and i still got anemia(12.6hgb). Iron is101. I feel ok.

Unusual for: Young men to have "internal bleed". Root cause need to be solved (ulcer, polyp, erosive esophagitis, mallory-weiss tear). Going from HGB of 7.3 to 12.6 is quite a great leap. Your iron is fine. It takes time, and many do very well at 12.6. If it remains as low in 6 months, call back. It takes 3 months to re-cycle your blood cell component volume. Your oxygen needs will limit the natural stimulu.

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I have been cleared of anemia and stopped taking my iron supplements. However I've felt terrible since this. Is it alright to continue taking them?

I have been cleared of anemia and stopped taking my iron supplements. However I've felt terrible since this. Is it alright to continue taking them?

No, Iron also toxic: in elevated body concentrations, called hemochromatosis; look this up on Google. Additionally there is not such thing as "cleared of anemia". Anemia: just a label for ?ed red blood cell concentration within the blood, as measured by taking a sample of blood. RBC concentration is determined by ongoing balance between rate of production, rate of RBC death/damage & rate of loss (e.g menses).

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I have been diagnosed with iron deficit anemia. I also am jaundice. Do the two go together or does the jaundice relate to something else?

Complex: Its a very complex question. They can exist together because of a disease process, but simple answer is that they donot " go together"

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Been diagnosed with anemia. It was assumed to be ida when the found anemia iron not tested. Have severe symptoms. Eat lots of iron. Has not improved?

Been diagnosed with anemia. It was assumed to be ida when the found anemia iron not tested. Have severe symptoms. Eat lots of iron. Has not improved?

Anemia: We don't assume. Go back to see your md. Iron test is not something fancy. It is a basic blood test. It should be done. Microcytic anemia can be caused by other conditions besides iron deficiency. If your iron is truly low- you will need to discuss with your md what is the best way to treat it. Take oral iron replacement-etc. It takes months for you to get better with oral iron.

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I was put on iron pills for anemia and my level is 11.4 ever since then i've been dizzy everytime i stand up or do anything besides laying down, why?

I was put on iron pills for anemia and my level is 11.4 ever since then i've been dizzy everytime i stand up or do anything besides laying down, why?

Orthostatic hypotens: Your hemoglobin is depressed but not very much. I presume you are sensitive to anemic changes. This probably comes from menstrual flow. Suggest you see your gyn for an evaluation.

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What do you recommend if I had been tested for anemia because of extreme tirdness but my iron levels came back fine. does a cold/flu cause inflammation?

What do you recommend if I had been tested for anemia because of extreme tirdness but my iron levels came back fine. does a cold/flu cause inflammation?

Iron and anemia: Iron is not the best test for anemia, as deficiency is just one possible (common) cause. General fatigue can be associated with the response to infections like cold or flu. Best to correlate the course of disease, symptoms and overall lab results, rather than just a few.

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I've been diagnosed with iron def anemia. I've been really dizzy lately and started monitoring my bp. The systolic seems normal but distole seems low. How low is too low for distolic? 105/57 is mine.

I've been diagnosed with iron def anemia. I've been really dizzy lately and started monitoring my bp. The systolic seems normal but distole seems low. How low is too low for distolic? 105/57 is mine.

See a doctor: Your diastolic BP is on the low end; however, you should get checked out to make sure you are being treated effectively for your anemia if you haven't already done so. You should also be evaluated to make sure you are not having any bleeding after your endometrial biopsy. Make sure you stay well-hydrated and get evaluated as soon as possible.

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I have anemia. I have been taking oral iron supplements. I still feel extremely tired. How do I know if i need iron shots? Hemoglobin level 6.6

A : A level of 6.6 is extremely low. The fact that you are extremely tired is worrisome. It sounds like you need a blood transfusion. I hope your anemia has been investigated, meaning a cause found. At this point i don't think iron injections are appropriate. A blood tranfusion first, then iron for three months with monitoring. This is my opinion. You should discuss all options with your doctor. Take care.

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I've been on a diet for 7 months and my hemoglobin was 14.7 (smoker). Is it possible to develop mild anemia due to iron or B12 deficiency in 7 months?

I've been on a diet for 7 months and my hemoglobin was 14.7 (smoker). Is it possible to develop mild anemia due to iron or B12 deficiency in 7 months?

Yes: Average lifespan of red blood cell is 90d so any nutritional deficiency affecting rbc size should show up after 7 months.

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Iron (Definition)

In the metal group ...Read more