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Causes Of Anemia
No: It is not normal to be anemic. Your body has ability to maintain a good status all the time. If you are anemic it means that those mechanisms have been overwhelmed and cannot keep anymore a proper balance. You should see your pcp and after some iron therapy if still anemic a more in depth work-up will be needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly...: 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. It depends on the symptom you are referring to. ...Read more
Many causes: There are over 100 different causes of anemia. If it's thal minor, you have lifelong anemia with low MCV and relatively high RBC count. Iron deficiency is confirmed by iron studies and if your periods are normal, you need a screen for blood loss due to ulcers / cancer. It'd be a shame to miss treatable disease. Otherwise, a reticulocyte count & other labs will give the answer. ...Read more
I have anemia of chronic disease. She told me my level was 100. Level of what? What is normal? Is at a little low or a lot?
Level: I need more information. I do not know what your level means either without the labs. ...Read more
Unclear...: Anemia means a decrease in your rbc (red blood cell) count, hemoglobin content, and hematocrit level. All these parameters are part of a blood test named CBC (complete blood count) and will be abnormal if there is anemia. If the blood test is normal then anemia is unlikely. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe: Ice cravings has been reported as a symptom of iron deficiency anemia. Some people believe ice cravings also occur in other forms of anemia, such as thalassemia anemias. It is not known how many non-anemic persons have ice cravings, so it is unknown how likely it would be for a ice cravings to occur coincidentally with an anemia but not due to the anemia. ...Read more
It happens: Aplastic anemias due to meds can self-heal when they're withdrawn. Those due to autoimmunity can be treated by immunomodulators. A marrow / stem cell transplant may save you. It may be manageable by today's biotech products. Keep educating yourself about your individual case -- it may be very helpful. ...Read more
I had one bout of diarrhea, pretty sure it was food I ate. Back to normal now. Can that one episode cause anemia? I didnt eat much after
What is considered abnormal retic count for a 70 yrs man with macrocytic anemia? His Hb is 9. His retic count .85% and retic shape is normal.
Depends.: Retic count should be 1% with a normal Hgb. For a 70 y/o male, that would be about 13. As Hgb goes down young red cells (retics) should go up to correct the deficit. In this case about 2.5 - 3% at least. 0.85% shows poor RBC production. With macrocytosis (large RBCs) consider B12, folate (folic acid) deficiency, certain drugs, liver disease, low thyroid, myelodysplastic syndrome & other bone marrow disease ...Read more
If 2yrs ago my hematocrit was normally 41-42%, and now itd 37-38% & i havnt changed anything, could it be anemia crit wont go up health has gotten bad?
What is the normal hemo level for women. I have anemia & taking 2 325 mg iron pills a day. My hem level was a little over 9 and i feel like passing ou?
Anemia: Most men run a hemoglobin of 14.0 to 16.5 or so. Below 13 is worrisome. I'd ignore RBC count especially in this global age as some guys have smaller red cells because of mild thalassemia traits. Now, anyone of any age or gender with anemia needs to have the cause found as it warns of something else -- anything from a limited diet to stomach or colon cancer, hookworm, or about 1000 others. ...Read more
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