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I need advice on what's the effect of an iron deficency?

I need advice on what's the effect of an iron deficency?

Fatigue: If you are iron deficient you can become anemic (low hemoglobin), which can lead to tiredness, fatigue, weakness. ...Read more

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My son has had a chest infection for 3 weeks suffers from iron deficency and is sleeping constently today is his iron levels to low help !?

My son has had a chest infection for 3 weeks suffers from iron deficency and is sleeping constently today is his iron levels to low  help !?

Check the Kid: If you bend back the kids fingers and the main palm lines turn pink, his blood level is not low enough to cause him to sleep constantly. He likely has another illness & deserves an evaluation today. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned about cancer with having a high platelet count of 816, 000? I also have iron deficency anemia. I can't stop worrying.

Should i be concerned about cancer with having a high platelet count of 816, 000? I also have iron deficency anemia. I can't stop worrying.

Recheck it: Iron deficiency could be the cause but it is important to follow up on it. Please recheck it after correction of iron deficiency. Then get a CBC and see what changes have taken place. Also watch WBC count. If the platelet count persists above 500, 000 then you need to see a hematologist for further evaluation. ...Read more

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I have been bleeding heavily with severe cramps. I sometimes feel light headed look pale & feel very weak. Can i be anemic or have a iron deficency?

I have been bleeding heavily with severe cramps. I sometimes feel light headed look pale & feel very weak. Can i be anemic or have a iron deficency?

YES, you can be anem: ic. Get yourself to a Dr and get a CBC to measure your hemoglobin. If low enough,you could even need a blood transfusion.. Do it urgently,as your blood could be very low. ...Read more

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I have heavy periods with severe cramps. I sometimes feel light headed look pale & feel very weak. Can i be anemic or have a iron deficency?

I have heavy periods with severe cramps. I sometimes feel light headed look pale & feel very weak. Can i be anemic or have a iron deficency?

Yes: The only way to be certain is to have a blood test. Heavy periods is a common cause of anemia. Your doctor could offer some solutions to the heavy bleeding as well as some iron therapy if needed. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What causes Iron Deficency 10, Low Potassium 3.0 , and Vitamin D Deficency 24....?

What causes Iron Deficency 10, Low Potassium 3.0 , and Vitamin D Deficency 24....?

Abnormalities: Low blood iron levels are usually due to loss of blood rather than dietary deficiencies. In women past or present menstrual bleeding is the commonest cause. Low potassium,if not due to diuretic medications or steroids,may occur with vomiting or diarrhea,and less likely rare glandular problems. Low vit D is due to low calcium intake and lack of Sun exposure.YOur physician knows you best,however. ...Read more

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Help docs, is iron anemia deficency a chronic illness?

Help docs, is iron anemia deficency a chronic illness?

Yes: Why do you ask? It's also often caused by something even more serious -- stomach cancer, colon cancer, hookworm, and malabsorption are only a few of the chronic illnesses that may present as iron deficiency. ...Read more

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What does having a deficiency in iron mean for the body?

What does having a deficiency in iron mean for the body?

Iron: Iron is a component of many enzymes and chemical structures in the body. Most importantly it is a component of hemoglobin which the oxygen carrying molecule in a red blood cell. Without enough iron, not enough red blood cells can be produced and you will develop iron deficiency anemia. ...Read more