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My mother (age 40) is suffering from deficiency of iron amd calcium which has joint pain. How can overcome them?

My mother (age 40) is suffering from deficiency of iron amd calcium which has joint pain. How can overcome them?

Supplements: Sometimes you need to supplement her diet with vitamins. The do have specific calcium and iron pills, but consult with her primary physician before starting. ...Read more

Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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Is iron deficiency a serious problem?

Is iron deficiency a serious problem?

Yes: All red blood cells carry hemoglobin, a chemical that carries oxygen throughout the body. Without oxygen, we die. The hemoblobin is composed of iron and a carrier protein named globulin. So without the iron, the hemoglobin will be low, the cells won't be able to carry oxygen and the body has no energy and starts to lose its function. Also, snce we do not normally lose iron, look for bleeding. ...Read more

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What may cause iron deficiency in the body?

What may cause iron deficiency in the body?

Iron deficiency: Iron deficiency can be caused by loss of blood or decreased iron intake. In women it is often related to menstrual bleeding. It requires a workup to determine the cause. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have an iron deficiency?

How do I know if I have an iron deficiency?

Blood work if needed: The obvious question is, "why would you have iron deficiency? " this is pretty unusual in 36 year old males. They don't become iron deficient unless their diet contains minimal iron (vegans who don't like vegetables), they have trouble absorbing iron (removal of some of their intestine) or they have ongoing bleeding. If one of these apply, there are blood tests that can measure iron stores. ...Read more

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What can I eat if I have an iron deficiency?

What can I eat if I have an iron deficiency?

Iron?: If you have iron deficiency anemia (ida). I would ask these questions -- 1) what is the cause -- and then fix it if possible - eg stomach ulcers, colon cancer, etc. 2) how severe is the ida (by hgb, ferritin, etc). Then if the gut is working can try oral iron. If not can use IV iron. Iron supplements are relatively cheap and measurable vs. Foods. ...Read more

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What is the medical term for iron deficiency?

Irondeficient anemia: Iron deficiency anemia is the medical term, meaning your body doesn't have enough iron. Iron is important because red cells need iron to make hemoglobin: needed to for oxygen exchange. If you are deficient in iron, commonly caused by bleeding, poor intake, low absorption or marrow defect, then your red cells become small, pale, & ineffective and you may feel weak, sluggish, pale& short of breath. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of iron deficiency?

Several: Fatigue. A common symptom is the craving of ice. This is called Pica. Other symptoms include shortness of breath, feeling cold, dizziness. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What types of people are at risk for iron deficiency?

What types of people are at risk for iron deficiency?

Various: Many things can cause iron deficiency & most fall into 2 main categories--blood loss & decreased iron intake. Ex's of the former include GI (intestine) bleeding & women's menstrual cycles (though many women are not iron deficient). Ex's of the latter include poor diet & impaired absorption. A healthy diet & limiting causes of GI bleeding (alcohol, nsaids like ibuprofen, naproxen) can help prevent. ...Read more

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How do I know if im showing signs of iron deficiency?

How do I know if im showing signs of iron deficiency?

Iron deficiency: Iron deficiency causes anemia, fatigue, weak or malformed nails, and pica. Pica is when you crave strange non-food items. Typically, affected individuals munch ice but I've had patients eat wallboard, chalk, dirt, starch, and mattress stuffing. You need to see a doctor and get a cbc, iron, tibc, and ferritin. You may also need tests to rule out serious conditions such as ulcers and cancer. ...Read more

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What's the connection between pagophagia and iron deficiency?

What's the connection between pagophagia and iron deficiency?

Pagophagia is common: You can have pagophagia (pica to eat ice) as a symptom of iron defiency anemia. ...Read more

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What can cause anaemia/iron deficiency?

What can cause anaemia/iron deficiency?

Lack of iron: Iron loss through bleeding, or iron deficiency through poor nutrition or poor absorption may lead to iron deficiency anemia. The diagnosis is relatively simple to make and the treatment is inexpensive and effective. In spite of this, it is the most common form of qnemia in the us. See your doctor if you suspect you have anemia. ...Read more

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Can Iron deficiency give you migraines?

Yes: Mild iron deficiency does not, but severe forms can cause many symptoms including headache. Correcting this will alleviate this and other symptoms such as weakness, fatigue, irritability, dizziness, ice craving, and trouble concentrating ...Read more

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Can hairloss result from iron deficiency?

Can hairloss result from iron deficiency?

Debatable: I believe I have seen it in my practice, but evidently dermatologists do not agree on whether low iron causes hair loss:
http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/20888064. ...Read more

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Describe the features of iron deficiency in a baby.?

Describe the features of iron deficiency in a baby.?

Variable Sx: Babies are born with a pool of iron in their body & hemaglobin that they begin growing out of as the double/triple their weight. Deficiency leads to gradual drop in blood oxygen carrying capacity and associated decreased aleartness, activity and growth. Subtile drop in infant development (iq) has been noted with small deficiencies. Greater deficiencies can place baby in heart falure from anemia. ...Read more

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What kind of irritablility do you get from an iron deficiency?

What kind of irritablility do you get from an iron deficiency?

CNS and muscle: Muscles tend to cramp when iron deficiency. Central nervous system irritability can occur. Iron deficient children may have difficulty in learning! ...Read more

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What is the association between pagophagia and iron deficiency?

Dirt substitute?: It's been suggested that we're genetically wired to crave gritty or crunchy substances when we have iron deficiency because dirt and clay contain iron. (ice does not, but may satisfy this instinctive craving anyway.) however, this folk wisdom is controversial, and others have suggested that chewing ice simply relieves the tongue discomfort that can occur with iron deficiency. ...Read more

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Which causes iron deficiency anaemia to be different to other types of anaemia?

Types of anemia: There are many causes of anemia. Anemia means a low blood count which can be caused by inadequate production of red blood cells in the bone marrow or excessive loss of blood from different sites in the body. Two of the most common are the uterus and the bowel. Anemia is a sign of a problem which requires diagnosing the cause. Iron deficiency is one such cause. ...Read more

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What to do if I have iron deficiency, so I took supplements?

Ask your doctor: Check with your doctor, further testing may be necessary. The most common cause of iron deficiency anemia in women of child bearing age is menstruation; however, other more serious causes are possible and could be reversed. You should check with your doctor to find the cause of iron deficiency before your start treating it on your own. ...Read more

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2 of my fingernails are spooning. Could this mean an iron deficiency?

2 of my fingernails are spooning. Could this mean an iron deficiency?

FEw possibilities: Yes, but there might be other causes too. Suggest you have a full check up and a few blood tests, not just the Iron. ...Read more

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What is the prevalence of iron deficiency anaemia in menstruating women?

It depends: Although the data is old, according to the usa center for disease control statistics referenced below, it is about 3%. Center for disease control and prevention. Iron deficiency—United States, 1999–2000. Mmwr morb mortal wkly rep. 2002;51 (40):899. ...Read more

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What causes anemia besides iron deficiency?

What causes anemia besides iron deficiency?

Many: There are many causes for anemia (RBC), just list a few: 1) decreased production due to not enough nutrition, B12/folate/iron def, or bone marrow diseases or bone marrow suppression from drugs/radiations or due to chronic kidney disease (not enough epoietin); 2) increased destruction: intravascular or extravascular hemolysis; 3) blood loss or chronic disease/cancer or some congenital diseases. ...Read more

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Which vitamin deficiencies cause joint pain?

Which vitamin deficiencies cause joint pain?

Vitamin D: There is no bigger easily correctable problem in america than vitamin d deficiency. Get your level to above 50 for bone, brain and diabetic or cardiac issues. Difficulties with strength, falls and pain are seen with d deficiency, and the pain relief from correcting this makes an active lifestyle possible. Check with your doctor for a blood level, and to set a goal for your fitness. ...Read more

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How are anemia and iron deficiency different?

How are anemia and iron deficiency different?

Anemia: Anemia refers to low red blood cells. It can be caused by iron deficiency, but there are many other causes of anemia as well.

Iron deficiency means there is not enough iron in the body. This is a common cause of anemia. ...Read more

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Could an iron deficiency be the cause for no periods?

Could an iron deficiency be the cause for no periods?

Anemia: Possible. Wondering if correcting your anemia would help regulate your periods. Very possible if that is the cause. ...Read more

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Are yellow fingertips a symptom of an iron deficiency?

No: Only a blood test for fe levels will determine that. If iron deficiency is causing anemia, there are various signs on physical exam to look for anemia. ...Read more

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What nutritional deficiency causes serious joint pain?

What nutritional deficiency causes serious joint pain?

Nutrition def/joi/pa: Joint pain can be caused by following nutritional deficiency
vitamins a, c, &d help in manufacture of collagen
other vitamins can cause damage to the nerves which can also be the cause of joint pain, these are vit e, b1, b6, b12, and niacin. These are necessary for nerve to grow. ...Read more

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