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I use to have lukemia, in 1990, now I have iron deficiency anemia I have been getting iron i'v for 7yrs they can't seem to figure out where the bleedi?

I use to have lukemia, in 1990, now I have iron deficiency anemia I have been getting iron i'v for 7yrs they can't seem to figure out where the bleedi?

Iron deficiency: Iron deficiency can be caused not only due to bleeding (blood loss) but also can be caused by either decreased intake of iron or abnormal absorption of iron. Sometimes small blood vessels leakage (avm) in the small bowel is very difficult to be found/seen due to the location. Endoscopy to the area many times is just impossible. Capsule endoscopy should be done. Also check www. Ironrichfood. Org. ...Read more

Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Leukemia (Definition)

A malignant hematologic neoplasm that originates in the bone marrow and represents a clonal proliferation of hematopoietic elements belonging to any of the myeloid, lymphoid, erythroid, and megakaryocytic lineages. Of note, other hematologic neoplasms like lymphoma or myeloma may demonstrate a leukemic phase without actually originating in the bone marrow ...Read more


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How to cure iron deficiency anemia!

How to cure iron deficiency anemia!

Multiple Ways: Stop ongoing losses: help heavy menstrual bleeding, fix ulcers, cure leukemia.
Build iron supplies: red meat, egg yolk. Mollusks (oysters, clams, scallops)
turkey or chicken giblets beans, lentils, chick peas and soybeans, liver
artichokes, black strap molasses
iron-enriched cereals and grains
dried fruit (prunes, raisins
iron absorption enhansed by taking with vitamin c rich drink: orange juice. ...Read more

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How serious is iron deficiency anemia?

How serious is iron deficiency anemia?

Severity and cause: Will depend on how severe it is and whether you are pregnant or not. If you only have mild deficiency-you probably don't have any symptom. If severe enough, tired, fatigue, dizziness, chest pain, shortness of breath can be the symptoms. In pregnancy iron is very important for the fetus. It is crucial to know what is the cause. Bleeding? Malabsorption, cancer? Etc- this needs to be found out. ...Read more

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Can you die from iron deficiency anemia?

Can you die from iron deficiency anemia?

Yes: If iron deficiency is not treated, ultimately this can lead to high output cardiac (heart) failure. When someone is anemic, then their blood volume is low. This leads to increased cardiac output and ultimately the heart can't keep up with the demand. When this occurs, lack of blood flow leads to organ failure. Learning point is to treat it. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can an iron deficiency anemia be inherited?

Can an iron deficiency anemia be inherited?

Iron Deficiency Anem: Practically all cases of iron deficiency are due to lack of intake of iron in the diet or loss of iron through bleeding (gi tract or menstruation, for example). There are many diseases, while not common, that can result in iron deficiency anemia as an affect of the underlying disorder and some can be inherited. These would include inherited malabsorption diseases, hemolysis, & hemoglobinurias. ...Read more

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How to know if I have iron-deficiency anemia?

How to know if I have iron-deficiency anemia?

See below...: It is very important to know what kind of anemia and what causes it. Iron deficiency is one of the main causes but there are others: vitamin b12/folate deficiency, chronic disease like infection or cancer, genetic conditions, certain medications, toxins, etc. Consulting with your doctor or a hematologist for proper testing and diagnosis is a must before starting any treatment. ...Read more

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Iron-deficiency anemia, is it a hereditary thing?

Iron-deficiency anemia, is it a hereditary thing?

Possibly: There is a enzyme if I remember right called Tmprss6. Mutations in this can cause iron deficiency. I do not think it is available as a test yet. It is being studied. ...Read more

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What are the causes of iron deficiency anemia if I am eating plenty of iron?

What are the causes of iron deficiency anemia if I am eating plenty of iron?

Iron deficiency: Bleeding, cancer, bone marrow diseases, heavy menses, poor absorbtion etc... ...Read more

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Can iron deficiency anemia kill you?

Yes, depending on. .: Severity and intervention. In children, for example, fe deficiency from inappropriate cows milk ingestion can lead to hematocrit below 10% in severely affected patients, which can be insufficient to support organ function, particularly the heart, which must work even harder in the face of severe anemia. Death can occur. Working for you is that anemia develops slowly, permitting compensation. ...Read more

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How to feed the child to prevent iron-deficiency anemia?

How to feed the child to prevent iron-deficiency anemia?

Oral iron supplement: You may give the child oral iron supplement. You may look of foods, e.g., cereals, with iron supplement. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is iron deficiency anemia?

Lack of iron: Generally speaking, anemia represents a decrease in the number of red blood cells and hemoglobin. Iron deficiency anemia is a type of anemia caused by insufficient iron available in the body due to various reasons including insufficient intake, impaired absorption, decreased utilization in the bone marrow, chronic blood loss (example: heavy menses). ...Read more

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What can you do to prevent symptoms of iron-deficiency anemia?

If the cause: Is heavy menstruation then control of the periods can be helpful. Iron replacement will correct the anemia, but it does take a few months. ...Read more

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How long after going vegetarian might iron deficiency anemia occur?

Man or woman?: Female vegetarians would tend to lose iron more quickly and become anemic due to monthly menstrual losses. Pregnancy and breastfeeding also lead to iron loss.
"heme" sources of iron (animal iron) are more readily digested than "non-heme" iron found in grains and vegetables, but vegetarians can get enough iron in a diet to maintain health.
More info:
http://1.Usa. Gov/9mbfej. ...Read more

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How do I know if I'm experiencing B12 deficieny or iron deficiency anemia?

Assuming anemia...: Fe deficiency and B12 deficiency can be distinguished by the size of your red cells. Fe deficiency results in a microcytic hypo chromic anemia, reticulocytopenia and a wide red cell distribution width. B12 and folate (folic acid) deficiency (and pernicious anemia--intrinsic factor deficiency) give rise to a megaloblastic anemia. Red cell indices from a cbc. There are many causes of anemia besides these though. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the signs and symptoms of iron deficiency anemia?

I was wondering what are the signs and symptoms of iron deficiency anemia?

Feeling tired.: •extreme fatigue
•pale skin
•weakness
shortness of breath
headache
•cold hands and feet
•brittle nails
•fast heartbeat
•unusual cravings for non-nutritive substances, such as ice
•poor appetite
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/iron-deficiency-anemia/basics/symptoms/con-20019327. ...Read more

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How long after turning vegetarian might iron deficiency anemia start to show up?

Not necessary: Contrary to what you might have heard on tv or some "experts", you don't necessarily get iron deficient just because you're vegetarian. Lots of vegetables, beans, & fortified bread are loaded with iron. Many cultures survived millennia on little to no meat & many others with almost no red meat. It depends on the variety of your diet & medical conditions present. Plus there's iron in eggs & fish. ...Read more

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Can iron deficiency anemia become life-threatening if it's not treated immediately?

Not really: Iron deficiency anemia from a poor diet takes a long time to develop. If the anemia is due to bleeding, then of course it can come on quickly and be severe. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of iron deficiency anemia? And what are possible causes?

Usually: Usually blood loss either from GI bleeds or excessive menstruation will cause it. In addition to above statements it can cause raynauds. ...Read more

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What is the best test to differentiate iron deficiency anemia from anemia of chronic disease?

Ferritin: Ferritin measures the amount of iron storage in the body and usually is really low in iron deficiency anemia, contrary to anemia of chronic disease that usually shows a normal ferritin level. There are other parameters to take into account off course but this one is one of the best to differentiate. ...Read more

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What can I do to control the generalized itching I have possibly caused by iron deficiency anemia?

Antihistamines: If you have been given the diagnosis one could start by taking antihistamines like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 25mg every 6 hours. It may also be beneficial to take Zantac 150 mg daily. This is a drug for reflux and ulcers that is actually a histamine blocker. If this doesn't work confer with your physician for other options. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have normal blood levels but have every symptom of severe iron deficiency anemia?

Probably not anemia: "Normal blood levels" (e.g. hematocrit, hemoglobin, or iron testing) prove iron deficiency isn't the problem. The symptoms of "severe iron deficiency anemia" are exactly the same for many other health problems. See your doctor to learn the cause. ...Read more

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I can't sleep at night most of the time, I have an iron deficiency anemia. Is this why I couldn't sleep?

I can't sleep at night most of the time, I have an iron deficiency anemia. Is this why I couldn't sleep?

Yes: Symptoms common to many types of anemia (low hemoglobin) include the following: easy fatigue and loss of energy, rapid heart beat (particularly with exercise), shortness of breath, headache, difficulty concentrating, dizziness, pale skin, leg cramps, and insomnia. Hopefully as your anemia corrects, you will start sleeping better. ...Read more

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Does whole grain product decrease absorbtion of iron and if yes how it is healthy as it may cause iron deficiency anemia?

Phytates in grains: Whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds contain antioxidant compounds called "phytates." unlike other animals, we humans have no phytase to degrade these -- & they can bind to minerals like iron instead. If your diet is exclusively grains, iron deficiency could result. If your diet also includes veggies, leafy greens, vit c (increases iron absorption) foods, and meats with heme iron, you're fine. ...Read more

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Is iron deficiency anemia is different from g6pd deficient?

Is iron deficiency anemia is different from g6pd deficient?

Yes: In fe def. Anemia-depletion of iron, in g6pd-defective gene. ...Read more

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Iron deficiency anemia?

Fe deficiency anemia: Occurs when fe intake is not adequate to meet the needs of the body for red cell production. Indeed, it is not a diagnosis unto itself, but rather an indication of another problem to be discovered and corrected to avoid recurrence. Work with your doctor to address the cause of your fe deficiency state, and correct it as well as the fe deficiency state itself. Good luck. ...Read more

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What causes iron deficiency anemia?

Low Iron: In women of reproductive age, one of the most common causes of iron deficiency is heavy periods. There are other causes. Blood loss, acute or chronic, can cause it as well. To determine the cause, see a doctor for evaluation and appropriate testing and treatment. ...Read more

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How do you treat iron deficiency anemia?

Iron replacement: Best treatment is to replace the deficiency. This can be done with oral iron 325mg taken 3x per day with vitamin c 3x/d. If this is not tolerated then consideration can be given to using intravenous iron. However, IV iron poses greater risks than oral iron replacement- which is preferable. ...Read more

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How dangerous can iron deficiency anemia get?

"Dead" serious: Neglecting it can cost your your life -- the heart fails. And neglecting the underlying cause -- which can be a stomach ulcer, cancer, malabsorption, or even an ill-advised diet -- can be a lethal mistake as well. Be smart. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have iron deficiency anemia?

How do I know if I have iron deficiency anemia?

Doctor: It is very important to know what kind of anemia and what causes it. Iron deficiency is one of the main causes but there are others: vitamin b12/folate deficiency, chronic disease like infection or cancer, genetic conditions, certain medications, toxins, etc. Consulting with your doctor or a hematologist for proper testing and diagnosis is a must before starting any treatment. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have iron-deficiency anemia?

How do I know if I have iron-deficiency anemia?

Doctor: It is very important to know what kind of anemia and what causes it. Iron deficiency is one of the main causes but there are others: vitamin b12/folate deficiency, chronic disease like infection or cancer, genetic conditions, certain medications, toxins, etc. Consulting with your doctor or a hematologist for proper testing and diagnosis is a must before starting any treatment. ...Read more

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How can you know if you have iron deficiency anemia?

Blood tests: A blood count can suggest iron deficiency. Iron studies can give more definitive information. Iron deficiency can be treated with iron supplementation and dietary changes. But, iron deficiency can be a symptom of a more serious illness. This should be discussed with your medical provider. ...Read more

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What to do if I have iron deficiency anemia question?

Options: You can either ask the question here if it's a straight forward one or you may want to consider a private conversation if it's a complex one with multiple parts. ...Read more

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What are problems with untreated, iron deficiency, anemia?

Anemia: Your hemoglobin will go down, and you will end up requiring blood transfusions. Usually there is an underlying problem causing the anemia (most commonly from the intestines or the bone marrow), and this needs to be sorted out. ...Read more

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What is the best thing to take for iron deficiency anemia?

Iron pills.: There are many different formulations of iron, most withouth prescription. A pharmacist can help in picking one. Some people have side effects when taking iron pills, and in that situation, which version you take can make a difference, with "slow release" versions of iron less likely to cause GI problems. ...Read more

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Can iron deficiency anemia be a symptom of another problem?

Can iron deficiency anemia be a symptom of another problem?

Yes, absolutely: Iron deficiency anemia can result from chronic blood loss in the body. The source must be found and treated. It can be an occult tumor in the colon, or excessive menstrual bleeding too. Poor diet or absorption can be responsible too. Other possible sources as well. ...Read more

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I need help! How do I know if I have iron-deficiency anemia?

Blood test: Check your iron level via blood testing. It is simple and quick. Hemoglobin is usually low as well. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

Any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood ...Read more


Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Iron Deficiency Anemia (Definition)

Too few healthy red blood cells due to too little ...Read more