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I have an iron deficiency, would this be the cause for burning feeling in my legs and feet?

I have an iron deficiency, would this be the cause for burning feeling in my legs and feet?

Neuropathy: Iron deficiency can cause symptoms such as general fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath, pale skin, dizziness,
strange cravings for non-food items, such as dirt, ice, and clay. Swelling or soreness of the tongue and also tingling or a crawling feeling in the legs. Deficiency of B vitamins can cause neuropathy as well. Let your doctor know about this symptom
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I used to have a problem with iron deficiency. Lately I've been experiencing shaking in my hands and sometimes in my legs. Could this be connected?

I used to have a problem with iron deficiency. Lately I've been experiencing shaking in my hands and sometimes in my legs. Could this be connected?

Probably not.: Iron deficiency doesn't cause shaking in your hands and/or legs. Muscle fatigue (from exercise) can cause that. Low blood sugar can cause that as well. If it continues, it could be a neurologic problem and time to see a doctor. ...Read more

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I have some blue-ish blotches on my legs. Not bruises. Have had them before I can remember. Blue veins also show. I have iron deficiency. Causes?

I have some blue-ish blotches on my legs. Not bruises. Have had them before I can remember. Blue veins also show. I have iron deficiency. Causes?

Many possible causes: Bluish blotches are difficult to diagnose without examination. They could represent blue nevi (moles) if they have the description of moles. However, blue blotches in the legs are often related to varicose veins and are due to long periods of standing. They can be painful too. There are other causes as well. Iron deficiency is unlikely to be related. You need to see a doctor for examination. ...Read more

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What to do if I have iron deficiency and knee pain?

What to do if I have iron deficiency and knee pain?

See your physician.: See your family physician or internist. He/she may recommend iron supplements, or dietary changes to increase your iron levels. Your knee pain may not be related to the iron deficiency. Therefore, you should see a non-surgical sports medicine specialist, who can determine the root of the problem, and offer the correct treatment. ...Read more

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Low hb, low total protein and albumin in blood but no protein in urine. Swelling in both legs. Iron deficiency anemia present. What cloud be the reson?

Low hb, low total protein and albumin in blood but no protein in urine. Swelling in both legs. Iron deficiency anemia present. What cloud be the reson?

See below: 1. You need to have your GI ract evaluated for blood loss which can cause iron deficency. Then you need iron replacement.

2. Your leg swelling is probably due to a low albumin. You need to find out why your Albumin is low-it could be a kidney or liver problem or severe malnutrition. You need to discuss this with a doctor. This situation cannot be diagnosed on line. ...Read more

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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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Can melanoma cause iron deficiency?

Yes possible: As we depend on the iron in our diet to supply us with our needs, iron deficiency anemia will occur more quickly if a person's intake is poor for any reason or the quality of their diet is unsatisfactory.
This could happen when people with melanoma which spread to the whole body. ...Read more

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Can iron deficiency cause weight gain?

Directly no...but: Weigh gain shouldn't be a direct result of low iron.
But if you are iron deficient, you may be more fatigued and not exercise leading to weight gain. ...Read more

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Can iron deficiency cause weight gain?

No.: Fe deficiency does not cause wt gain. In a young menstruating female iron deficiency is caused by monthly loss of blood. ...Read more

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Can iron deficiency effect your brain?

Can iron deficiency effect your brain?

Yes and no: Since you brain requires oxygen and it is the iron in your blood that accounts for it's oxygen carrying ability. Low iron levels can have an effect. However, unless those iron levels are dramatically low, you may be safe. Of course, talk it over with your physician. ...Read more

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Can iron deficiency cause regular stools?

Can iron deficiency cause regular stools?

Regular: Regular means normal and thus not in any way an indication of any medical condition. ...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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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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Can iron deficiency cause heavy head or dizziness?

Can iron deficiency cause heavy head or dizziness?

Yes: Take your iron pills as directed by your doctor. Otherwise get checked out. ...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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When you have iron deficiency can you be thirsty then?

Yes: You can be thirsty with or without iron deficiency. People with iron deficiency may have strange cravings like eating, dirt, or sucking on ice. For a male iron deficiency anemia needs to be investigated to rule out bleeding in the intestine.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
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