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Can low blood count cause light periods? I started to get lighter and lighter periods irregular, already im low on iron and now im low on folic acid

Can low blood count cause light periods? I started to get lighter and lighter periods irregular, already im low on iron and now im low on folic acid

Yes.: Low blood count, leading to light, irregular periods results from an inadequate diet ; other risk factors. Foods rich in folic acid: liver, egg yolk, dried beans, lentils, spinach, beetroot, broccoli, bananas, oranges to be eaten raw as possible, to preserve folic acid. Iron from mollusks, liver, squash pumpkin seeds, nuts, beef, whole grains, lamb, beans, tofu, cocoa. Supplements of fe ; folic acid. ...Read more

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Dr. Neigatha Graney
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Low Folate Level (Definition)

Folic acid deficiency can cause severe birth defects of the brain and spinal cord known as neural tube defects. In some cases, there may be no noticeable signs of folic acid deficiency, and it is diagnosed in pregnant women only after a child is born with a neural tube defect. Usually, though, your health care provider can detect the defect with blood work and ultrasound during your prenatal checkups. When women take the recommended amount of folic acid before they conceive and through the first trimester of pregnancy, 50% to 70% of neural tube defects are prevented. Yet recent research by March of Dimes shows that many women are unaware of the ...Read more


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What could cause my 15 year old daughter to have swollen glands, low blood count, spine pain, exhaustion and high calcium levels?

What could cause my 15 year old daughter to have swollen glands, low blood count, spine pain, exhaustion and high calcium levels?

Lots of things: You also list a ruptured esophagus. Is this your daughter also? If so, how did that happen? At the top of my list is a parathyroid adenoma (high calcium, fatigue, bone pain); most teens have some palpable lymph nodes and many teenaged girls are a bit anemic. It's a mistake to ask for interpretation of labs apart from clinical information ; actual values. Insist her physician explain. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: low blood count (anemia)?

What is the definition or description of: low blood count (anemia)?

Lack of red cells.: Anemia is a lower than normal concentration of hemoglobin in blood. Hemoglobin is carried by red blood cells, and our test measures the total amount of HGB carried by all red cells in a volulme of blood. A low white blood cell count is leukopenia, and a low platelet count is thrombocytopenia. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is having low blood count (anemia)?

What sort of problem is having low blood count (anemia)?

Anemia: Anemia causes decrease delivery of oxygen to all the tissues of the body. It is important to find the cause of the anemia so we can correct it. For example is is due to : iron deficiency, colon cancer, any cancer, anorexia, leukemia, lymphoma, low thyroid, sickle cell anemia, etc ...Anemia may cause heart attack, stroke as well. ...Read more

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What would it mean to have a low blood count and anemia?

What would it mean to have a low blood count and anemia?

Depends: Blood counts generally describe three types of cells. Anemia would be low red blood cell numbers, and this could be "low blood counts". But low blood counts could describe additional blood cells that are low. These results should be discussed with the provider that order the blood count. ...Read more

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What anemia would cause low blood count, feeling cold and tired, and appearing pale?

What anemia would cause low blood count, feeling cold and tired, and appearing pale?

Anemia: There are many causes of anemia, but your symptoms don't give a clue as to the cause in you case. These are symptoms of all anemia, regardless of the cause. Work with your doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is it common to need an endoscopy due to my low blood count?

Is it common to need an endoscopy due to my low blood count?

Yes.: If you are iron deficient, the cause needs to be found. The only way a healthy adult becomes iron deficient is by blood loss. If you are not a menstruating female, there must have been blood loss in the stool (or rarely in the urine). It is common to do endoscopy (to see the stomach) and colonoscopy to look for possible sites of bleeding. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of low blood count wbc?

What are the symptoms of low blood count wbc?

Infection: Low WBC count, by itself has no symptoms. People with low WBC count are more susceptible to infections. ...Read more

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Can thyroid medication cause low blood count?

Can thyroid medication cause low blood count?

Possibly: Methimazole, used to treat overactive thyroid, has been reported to cause aplastic anemia, decreased production of some white blood cells and low platelet count. ...Read more

Folic Acid (Definition)

Folic acid, AKA folate (folic acid) (vit B9), is recommended for all women wanting to get pregnant -- 0.4mg (400mcg) daily, which is important for preventing birth defects like spina bifida. Women w/ a hx these disorders should take 10x that amt daily -- 4mg (4000mcg) through the 3rd month of pregnancy. It won't affect fertility, chances of conception/twins, or periods. ...Read more


Dr. Thomas Ruma
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Blood Count (Definition)

Include the number of white blood cells (wbc), red blood cells (hgb or ...Read more