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Esr And Iron Deficiency
No effect by Fe def: The ESR may be useful in differentiating iron deficiency from anemia of chronic disease in patients with a background chronic inflammatory condition such as rheumatoid arthritis. Unfortunately, the ESR is neither sensitive nor specific when used in isolation. An elevated ESR can occur in so many conditions. That's why history taking, physical exam, and collection of other lab data are important. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Blood test showed , ESR and RDW levels slightly high, and hematocrit level decreased slightly but no iron deficiency, suffering from dizziness. Scary?
POT and Minerals: A twenties female taking Aldactone (spironolactone) and who has dizziness needs blood mineral and thyroid tests. If these are normal a mild case of postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (pots) becomes of concern. I have seen pots problem in women with joint hypermobility syndrome (jhs), and generalized musculoskeletal deconditioning seems etiologic. See an osteopath. ...Read more
Is it true you can be tested for iron deficiency and be negative then get tested years later and it become positive?
Yes!: Tests for iron deficiency only tell you what your iron status is at the time when they are done. Iron status is a changing thing, though, and depends on many things: amount of iron in your diet, how well it's absorbed, how much you lose through blood loss, etc. if these factors change over time, you can become iron deficient when you weren't before. ...Read more
Daughter has tested positive for CMV and EBV IgM. Also microcytic anaemia with iron deficiency. Previously had RSV and adenovirus. Related to anaemia?
Hard to say: It is relatively common for a 1 yo to be a bit on the anemic side. Recurrent illness does increase metabolic demands on their system and they have been growing at a rate that can outpace their dietary intake of iron.A simple addition of proper medicinal iron can improve the anemia and working on diet can eliminate it in the future. With better iron levels their immune system also works better. ...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
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