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Is it normal for someone to have anemia?

Is it normal for someone to have 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 more

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

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


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Is it normal for anemia symptoms to always appear at the same time every day?

Is it normal for anemia symptoms to always appear at the same time every day?

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

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What could be causing my anemia. My scopes are normal and peroids are very light.

What could be causing my anemia. My scopes are normal and peroids are very light.

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

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My hb level is 11.9 , Is it normal ? if so , how come I look so anemic , I almost have all the symptoms of Anemia

Low normal: Depends on what your blood count patterns have been. How are you taking these vitamins-centrum, ferro-sanol, hematinic--who is prescribing these for you Heavy menses? Blood in bowel movements? Have you seen M.D. for exam? ...Read more

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Could anemia show up in a normal blood test?

Could anemia show up in a normal blood test?

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 more

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Is it normal to have ice cravings with beta thalassemia anemia?

Is it normal to have ice cravings with beta thalassemia anemia?

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

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What to do if I have people beat aplastic anemia and if so were they returned back to normal?

What to do if I have people beat aplastic anemia and if so were they returned back to normal?

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

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If my iron level is 22 but my hbg is normal and im not anemic, does this still result in iron deffenciancy anemia?

No.: Iron deficiency is separate from iron deficiency anemia. If iron levels remain low enough for long enough one will develop anemia. If HGB is normal you do not have anemia and therefore do not have iron deficiency anemia. ...Read more

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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.

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

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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?

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?: Women have hemoglobin level of 12 to 14 Grams normally. You have Anemia which causes light headed feeling when you stand up from a sitting or lying position. You need to find the cause of your Anemia and treat the cause and keep your hemoglobin above 10 Gms. ...Read more

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What are normal levels for hemoglobin and RBC count in males. when does anemia happens?

What are normal levels for hemoglobin and RBC count in males. when does anemia happens?

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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Is there some sort of threshold for normal vs. Anemia, ?With respect to one's CBC levels?

Is there some sort of threshold for normal vs. Anemia, ?With respect to one's CBC levels?

Yes.: There are established normal levels for different age groups regarding CBC findings. Numbers that are barely lower than these ranges will show early anemia. If numbers are outside of these ranges, additional a repeat of the initial CBC may be ordered. ...Read more

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I had blood work done to check for anemia. It came back normal, what else does it check for?

I had blood work done to check for anemia. It came back normal, what else does it check for?

It is a broad term: Blood work means doing blood tests for one or more reasons. The simplest blood test for Anemia is what is called a CBC(Complete blood count). This can check for Hemoglobin(anemia is low hemoglobin), white blood cell(WBC) count and platelet count. ...Read more