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Ice And Anemia
Pagophagia: The exact relationship between chewing on ice and iron deficiency has not been exactly worked out. Many physicians will order iron studies on patients that report chewing on ice just to make sure there are no deficiencies. Further studies will be needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
HX of anemia, blood transfusions and bleeds what can help with the nightly leg cramps? Tried xtra electrolytes, water and heat- nothing helps
Find the cause and T: Muscle crams can be caused by many reasons, most often they are either due to electrolyte imbalance or unknown cause. stains(Cholesterol lowering medicines) can cause them. try to find the cause of your Anemia and treat that first. Two medicines can help(Quinine water) or CoQ10 supplements. ...Read more
Could hematocrit or RBC count, have an impact on the diagnosis and treatment of iron deficiency anemia?
Yes: Hematocrit is the amount of redcells present in a sample of whole blood. Rbc count is the number of red cells in a specific volume of whole blood. In both cases we would expect these numbers to be low if a patient is anemic. The MCV is usually low in iron deficiency as well. Iron studies and ferritin are necessary to confirm the diagnosis of iron deficiency anemia. ...Read more
Extreme fatigue and dizziness relieved by taking an iron B12 and folate (folic acid) for a few days. Today fbc normal, not anemia?
What you are.....: Describing is pagophagia, the consumption of ice in the setting of anemia, usually due to an fe deficiency state. The ice consumption is not causative, but rather emblematic. You should see your dr and be evaluated for fe deficiency. You may find that your dr checks your hematocrit and red cell indices, and if microcytic hypochromic anemia is detected, starts you on fe rx (cheaper than fe testing). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: Doctors use the term "pica" to describe craving and chewing substances that have no nutritional value — such as ice, clay, soil or paper. Craving and chewing ice (pagophagia) is often associated with iron deficiency anemia, although the reason is unclear. At least one study indicates that ice chewing might increase alertness in people with iron deficiency anemia. Less commonly, other nutritional problems may cause you to crave and chew ice. And in some individuals, pica is a sign of emotional problems, such as stress, obsessive-compulsive disorder or a developmental disorder. A thorough medical evaluation can help determine if pica is due to an underlying medical condition. If the cause of pica is an emotional or developmental issue, cognitive behavioral therapy may be helpful. ...Read more
Can anemia due to low iron cause joint and muscle pain in the arms, legs, back, hands and feet? Will treating the anemia ease the pain?
Muscle pain: Depending on the degree of anemia and the cause of the anemia the answer is possibly. There are conditions that can cause anemia and muscle pain as symptoms of the disease. If your anemia is treated and you feel better you probably have your answer. If the anemia is improve but you still have muscle pain you should have it evaluated further. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mechanical effect: Ice massage is usually done for small areas and treatment usually last 7-10 minutes. Ice pack is applied (but no massage is done) for 15-20 minutes. Ice massage combines the therapeutic effect of ice (ice pack) with the mechanical effects of massage. www.otwithmd.com. ...Read more
Ferritine too high but iron and transferrine saturation normal
doctor suggest healthy diet without red meat etc and skip vitamin pil with iron?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Anything: Headaches can come from fatigue, sleeping too much or too little, eye strain, sleep apnea, snoring, being dehydrated, having chronic sinusitis or allergies, too much caffeine or over the counter headache medication, high blood pressure or something more serious like a tumor. See your doctor and get checked. ...Read more
Variable: Hi Great question, there's a deeper answer, but generally leukemias usually affect the white blood cell line, rather than the red blood cell lineage. What you're probably referring to is called "anemia of chronic disease". Elevated inflammatory mediators, like IL-6, impair both production and ability to incorporate iron into heme, which causes normocytosis and normochromia. Hope this helps ...Read more
Hat does a high MPV with a normal platelet count means? I have various symptoms including joint pain, bone "growths" red and flaking skin and bruising
Do I qualify for a iron infusion therapy with a hemoglobin of 9 and iron of 21 L and iron sat of 5L?
First things first: You must ask first why you are iron deficient. Heavy periods? Pregnancies? Could you be pregnant now? Non-supplementing vegetarian? Bleeding stomach ulcer / cancer? Iron infusions are not for casual use, though they are easier on the gut than iron tablets. There are injectable forms too. Do yourself a favor and focus on the big picture. ...Read more
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