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Doctor insights on: Reasons For Low Iron In Blood

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I always had low iron levels and normal blood pressure since yesterday my BP is 153/123 today 153/116 is there a reason for this sudden change?

I  always had low iron levels and normal blood pressure  since yesterday my BP is 153/123 today 153/116  is there a reason for this sudden change?

See a doctor: These blood pressure readings are very high and need attention. With the information at hand we can not explain the reason for the change. Please see a doctor right away. ...Read more

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My blood tests showed anion gap, serum 9 mmol/l and iron % saturation 22%. Any connection or reason for concern? Both flagged as low.

My blood tests showed anion gap, serum 9 mmol/l and iron % saturation 22%.  Any connection or reason for concern?  Both flagged as low.

Abnormal labs: Low anion gap is usually a lab error, so it is spuriously low. A recheck would probably "correct" it. Low iron saturation cannot be interpreted by itself, as there are additional measurements needed to compliment the picture such as red blood cell count, hemoglobin, hematocrit, iron level and iron binding capacity as well as ferritin level. ...Read more

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I have had low iron and hemigloban. After blood test, stool sample, CT scan, and ultra sound, no reason found. Any ideas?

I have had low iron and hemigloban. After blood test, stool sample, CT scan, and ultra sound, no reason found.  Any ideas?

Gastroenterologist: If the above tests are normal, you should see a gastroenterologist to examine the digestive tract for a cause of the anemia. This is very important and can be life-saving--don't avoid it! Good luck. ...Read more

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I have really low iron in blood, also I have lost my appetite, can this be related with my anemia?

I have really low iron in blood, also I have lost my appetite, can this be related with my anemia?

Correlation : The anemia is not likely to be causing poor appetite (causation) but is likely related to (correlation) the cause of the anemia. Examples might include stomach ulcers -- blood loss resulting in iron deficiency anemia and the irritated ulcers relating to poor appetite. Also systemic illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis etc may result in poor appetite and anemia of chronic disease / inflammation. ...Read more

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I have always had low iron in blood but I have always eaten healthy and have drunk plenty of water. What can I do to keep my iron level high?

I have always had low iron in blood but I have always eaten healthy and have drunk plenty of water. What can I do to keep my iron level high?

Iron replacement: You will have iron def if you have mentrual bleeding and not taking enough iron to combenate lost iton in the blood. You can always take iron tablet if you can tolerate it, if severe or cannot take there is IV replacement. There are some special diet also rich in iron, such as red meat, liver, spinach, beans etc. But most of the time diet alone is not enough, replacement is indicated. See your md. ...Read more

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I have low iron in blood and and also about to have a breast augmentation. Is this dangerous?

I have low iron in blood and and also about to have a breast augmentation. Is this dangerous?

Probably not.: The anemia would have to be severe given that breast augmentation surgery is associated with minimal blood loss. Your plastic surgeon will be your best resource for more specifics. ...Read more

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Dad has very low iron in blood but very high ferritin due to MDS & transfusions. He is taking exjade. Does not low iron reduce his RBC production?

Dad has very low iron in blood but very high ferritin due to MDS & transfusions. He is taking exjade. Does not low iron  reduce his RBC production?

Complicated: A lab value is just a measurement. In some blood diseases including some myelodysplastic syndromes, the iron is abundant but not available for use. No specific treatment is guided by the labs you have described. ...Read more

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I have a lot of pain behind my left wrist. Left leg swollen below my knee. Toes and heels numb shooting pains in feet low iron in blood test?

I have a lot of pain behind my left wrist.  Left leg swollen below my knee.  Toes and heels numb shooting pains in feet low iron in blood test?

You have a : Few issues here. You need to be careful the swelling below the knee is not in the calf region as a clot is a serious problem. The wrist pain i would see an orthopedist for who can comment on your other issues as well. Not sure if that. Swelling is impinging a nerve causing the foot and toe numbness or if they are unrelated. ...Read more

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