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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. ...Read more

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I have an iron deficiency and have heavy long periods, i was told this why i cant get pregnant. What can i do to change that?

I have an iron deficiency and have heavy long periods, i was told this why i cant get pregnant. What can i do to change that?

Iron supplement: Talk to you obs-gyn doc about your long periods that may definitely result in iron deficiency. Would recommend starting iron supplements under the supervision of your primary care provider. ...Read more

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I have been told I need b12 injections and have also been put on folic acid. Do I have a deficiency in both? Or am I anaemic?

I have been told I need b12 injections and have also been put on folic acid. Do I have a deficiency in both? Or am I anaemic?

Vitamin B12: deficiency is much more common that many have realized and is now often tested routinely as part of a check-up or evaluation of suspicious symptoms. Often it is not severe enough to cause anemia but a person can benefit from supplementation/replacement. Your doctor/whoever ordered the test can likely explain more. Stay well:) ...Read more

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I have symptoms of anemia only when on my period. Lightheaded, pale, etc. Do I need to be diagnosed or should I just treat myself with iron supplement?

I have symptoms of anemia only when on my period. Lightheaded, pale, etc. Do I need to be diagnosed or should I just treat myself with iron supplement?

Not an "iron(y)": It is always better to know if that is what needs treating before any form of treatment. Have your MD perform a complete blood count(cbc) with differential. Of course over the counter iron is available, but if you start it now, it will "confuse" a future diagnosis from testing. Moreover, the MD will give you an iron Rx that will be more effective then the "store" version if it is necessary. ...Read more

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What to do if i recently found out i was born with anemia. Does that mean i still have anemia?

Changeable issue : Anemia means your red blood cell mass falls below the normal range for age and size.There are many causes.As one ages, you have the ability to absorb nutrients and build new blood cells and thus increase your red cell mass. Some people have a type of hemoglobin that keeps a person in the range we consider anemic. If you have normal hemoglobin and a healthy diet, you have likely become normal. ...Read more

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I have anemia and I would like to know if I should keep on taking the medicine even if I don't have anemia?

I have anemia and I would like to know if I should keep on taking the medicine even if I don't have anemia?

What medicine?: If you are taking iron for anemia, you should continue taking it as long as you have menstrual periods. If it is a different medication, please discuss the issue with your doctor before discontinuing it. ...Read more

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I know I should increase my iron intake if I have anemia, but is there anything else i can do?

I know I should increase my iron intake if I have anemia, but is there anything else i can do?

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

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Hi I have hypothyroidism and have been experiencing chest pains to my heart, I also have a low blood count. What do I do?

Hi I have hypothyroidism and have been experiencing chest pains to my heart, I also have a low blood count. What do I do?

See your doctor: It is unlikely that hypothyroidism or "low blood count" is the cause of your chest pain. However, chest pain due to arthritis, hypothyroidism, and low blood counts may be related to an underlying autoimmune condition. This should be evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more

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Can I have any amount of caffeine while I am pregnant? Also what can and can't i eat? I have hypothroid dieses and have my first appointment on tuesday. I work as a server and have been experiencing nausea, without vaumitting. Also i was wondering if i sh

Can I have any amount of caffeine while I am pregnant? Also what can and can't i eat? I have hypothroid dieses and have my first appointment on tuesday. I work as a server and have been experiencing nausea, without vaumitting. Also i was wondering if i sh

Congratulations : Congratulations on your pregnancy! would recommend that you ask your doctor to check your thyroid levels at your upcoming visit. Many women require a significant increase in their thyroid hormone replacement regimen in early pregnancy. It's really important to ensure that your thyroid levels are ideal throughout pregnancy both for your health and the health of the baby! to be on the safe side, it's probably a good idea to limit your caffeine to less than 200 mg per day (and would discuss with your OB at your visit as well). Also, be sure to take a prenatal vitamin with folic acid. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Hello, i would like to know why I am always low on energy, dizzy, stomach bloating. I have been diagnosed with anemia.

Hello, i would like to know why I am always low on energy, dizzy, stomach bloating. I have been diagnosed with anemia.

Anemia: Fatigue is a side effect of the anemia. See a doctor to make sure you are not iron deficient and have no other medical issues. When your blood counts improve your strength will return and your dizziness will disappear. Good luck. ...Read more

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Have been told I have fluid round heart.what do I do and what are the implications?

Have been told I have fluid round heart.what do I do and what are the implications?

Talk to cardiologist: Need to know how big is the fluid. In general small pericardial effusion is of no consequence. Next is determine possible cause(s) which can be multitude. All these require a careful evaluation by your cardiologist who can then decide if you need treatment or not. ...Read more

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Hi I have been told today by my gp that I have B12 deficiency . How serious is this, and what should I do. Any advice would be helpful?

Hi  I have been told today by my gp that I have B12 deficiency .   How serious is this, and what should I do.           Any advice would be helpful?

Can be serious but..: B12 deficiency can lead to anemia (causing fatigue), numbness, depression, memory loss & dementia but is readily treated.Some need to simply take a B12 supplement (i advise the methylcobalamin form) but many who are deficient have trouble absorbing it & need shots or the sublingual form: http://www.Nytimes.Com/2011/11/29/health/vitamin-b12-deficiency-can-cause-symptoms-that-mimic-aging.Html?_r=0. ...Read more

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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--. ...Read more

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What to do if I have been taking iron supplements but i still feel out of it. What should I do?

What to do if I have been taking iron supplements but i still feel out of it. What should I do?

Why?!?!: If you are iron deficient and taking iron supplements but not feeling better, you should be checked to make sure you absorb it well. If you are not iron deficient, you should not be taking iron supplements as too much iron can make you sick and your body does not have a way to get rid of extra iron. ...Read more

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I always feel tired and never want to do anything. My iron levels are fine. And I don't have diabetes or any other condition. What could this be?

I always feel tired and never want to do anything. My iron levels are fine. And I don't have diabetes or any other condition. What could this be?

Get evaluated: Low thyroid function needs to be eliminated. Also, B12 level. There are other possibilities, too, like food sensitivities or mold allergy. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Im wondering what i could have I have been vomiting most of what i eat and drink i also have stomach pain and my blood pressure was high thank you ?

Vomiting: You may have had a viral gastroeneritis. However, if your abdominal persist and migrates to your right lower side check in with your foctor or the er for a possible appendicitis. ...Read more

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I had a peptic ulcer and now i have anemia what should i do and eat to increase red blood cells and i also have G6PD deficiency ?

I had a peptic ulcer and now i have anemia what should i do and eat to increase red blood cells and i also have G6PD deficiency ?

Test for H pylori, +: H pylori bacteria are a common cause of peptic ulcers.A 2-week treatment can get rid of it, and eliminate recurrence. Gastric bleeds will give heme positive stools. But the anemia may be from hemolysis caused by exposure to something which causes acute hemolysis (busting open of your fragile red cell membranes) in G6PD deficiency. Serum free hemoglobin will be high. Learn what you must avoid! ...Read more

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What to do if I have been getting horrible stomach pains but What to do if I have Crohn's disease?

GI specialist: How long have you had pain? Any nausea or vomiting or diarrhea? Fever? May be many things- ucler, relfux, hiatal hernia, gallbladder can cause these symptoms. Crohn's requires a work-up, including endocscopy. If this has been going on for more than 3-4 months-see a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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I have sickle cell anemia and i also have a foot/ankle ulcer. What can I do to treat it?

See Podiatrist: Or wound care specialist to get it properly evaluated and treated. Keep wound clean and protected. ...Read more

Iron (Definition)

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Iron (Definition)

In the metal group ...Read more