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Iron Deficiency Leg Pain
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 have a hematoma on my shin since 2 years and my legs are restless. Is this an indication of iron deficiency? What are the likely effects of iron def
Skin damage: A hematoma does not last for two years. This is something else. If you have pain or deformity it needs to be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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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
Yes: Take your iron pills as directed by your doctor. Otherwise get checked out. ...Read more
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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