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Doctor insights on: Severe Iron Deficiency Anemia Symptoms

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Is it possible to have normal blood levels but have every symptom of severe iron deficiency anemia?

Is it possible to have normal blood levels but have every symptom of severe iron deficiency anemia?

Probably not anemia: "Normal blood levels" (e.g. hematocrit, hemoglobin, or iron testing) prove iron deficiency isn't the problem. The symptoms of "severe iron deficiency anemia" are exactly the same for many other health problems. See your doctor to learn the cause. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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My son is 3 year old and has severe hypoproteinemia and severe iron deficiency anemia for 1 year. Can eosinophillic esophagitis caused that?

My son is 3 year old and has severe hypoproteinemia and severe iron deficiency anemia for 1 year. Can eosinophillic esophagitis caused that?

No: Cold ( viral illness) very common in this age group. But iron deficiency anemia and hypoproteinemia are not. What is the reason for above two? And the main symptom of eosinophilic esophagitis----- gerd, and uncontrolled asthma. Does he have those two symptoms? You need a pediatrician and pulmonologist to satisfy your concerns. ...Read more

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Can iron deficiency anemia be a symptom of another problem?

Can iron deficiency anemia be a symptom of another problem?

Yes, absolutely: Iron deficiency anemia can result from chronic blood loss in the body. The source must be found and treated. It can be an occult tumor in the colon, or excessive menstrual bleeding too. Poor diet or absorption can be responsible too. Other possible sources as well. ...Read more

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I have iron deficiency anemia and this makes me often not eat enough. I have many symptoms that concern me. How do I get my appetite back?

I have iron deficiency anemia and this makes me often not eat enough. I have many symptoms that concern me. How do I get my appetite back?

"Irony": Maybe not eating well is causing the iron deficiency!You are at a perfect age to train yourself into good eating habits.This requires an IRON will! It will take weeks but will be worth it for the rest of your life.You'll know you're there when you pick the right foods without much thought and joyously avoid the junk except on special occasions. Fresh veggies,lean meats,unprocessed foods! Go-4-it ! ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the signs and symptoms of iron deficiency anemia?

I was wondering what are the signs and symptoms of iron deficiency anemia?

Feeling tired.: •extreme fatigue •pale skin •weakness •shortness of breath •headachecold hands and feet •brittle nails •fast heartbeat •unusual cravings for non-nutritive substances, such as ice •poor appetite http://www.Mayoclinic.Org/diseases-conditions/iron-deficiency-anemia/basics/symptoms/con-20019327. ...Read more

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What can you do to prevent symptoms of iron-deficiency anemia?

If the cause: Is heavy menstruation then control of the periods can be helpful. Iron replacement will correct the anemia, but it does take a few months. ...Read more

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I have pernicious anemia & iron deficiency anemia (severe) of Unknown origin. My hemoglobin has always been stable (low normal) but has dropped twice?

I have pernicious anemia & iron deficiency anemia (severe) of Unknown origin.  My hemoglobin has always been stable (low normal) but has dropped twice?

Pernicious anemia ,: How was your pernicious Anemia diagnosed ? Are you on B12 injections ? are you receiving Folic acid tabs ? If you are not receiving replacement therapy for both , you need to see a blood specialist for eval & treatment . A far as you Hgb dropping twice , there is a source of blood loss , from your GI tract ( stomach or colon ) .you need EGD & colonoscopy to look for blood loss. Take care ...Read more

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Iron deficiency anemia?

Fe deficiency anemia: Occurs when fe intake is not adequate to meet the needs of the body for red cell production.. Indeed, it is not a diagnosis unto itself, but rather an indication of another problem to be discovered and corrected to avoid recurrence. Work with your doctor to address the cause of your fe deficiency state, and correct it as well as the fe deficiency state itself. Good luck. ...Read more

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How to cure iron deficiency anemia!

Multiple Ways: Stop ongoing losses: help heavy menstrual bleeding, fix ulcers, cure leukemia. Build iron supplies: red meat, egg yolk. Mollusks (oysters, clams, scallops) turkey or chicken giblets beans, lentils, chick peas and soybeans, liver artichokes, black strap molasses iron-enriched cereals and grains dried fruit (prunes, raisins iron absorption enhansed by taking with vitamin c rich drink: orange juice. ...Read more

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What causes iron deficiency anemia?

Low Iron: In women of reproductive age, one of the most common causes of iron deficiency is heavy periods. There are other causes. Blood loss, acute or chronic, can cause it as well. To determine the cause, see a doctor for evaluation and appropriate testing and treatment. ...Read more

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How serious is iron deficiency anemia?

How serious is iron deficiency anemia?

Severity and cause: Will depend on how severe it is and whether you are pregnant or not. If you only have mild deficiency-you probably don't have any symptom. If severe enough, tired, fatigue, dizziness, chest pain, shortness of breath can be the symptoms. In pregnancy iron is very important for the fetus. It is crucial to know what is the cause. Bleeding? Malabsorption, cancer? Etc- this needs to be found out. ...Read more

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Can you die from iron deficiency anemia?

Can you die from iron deficiency anemia?

Yes: If iron deficiency is not treated, ultimately this can lead to high output cardiac (heart) failure. When someone is anemic, then their blood volume is low. This leads to increased cardiac output and ultimately the heart can't keep up with the demand. When this occurs, lack of blood flow leads to organ failure. Learning point is to treat it. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How do you treat iron deficiency anemia?

Iron replacement: Best treatment is to replace the deficiency. This can be done with oral iron 325mg taken 3x per day with vitamin c 3x/d. If this is not tolerated then consideration can be given to using intravenous iron. However, IV iron poses greater risks than oral iron replacement- which is preferable. ...Read more

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Can an iron deficiency anemia be inherited?

Can an iron deficiency anemia be inherited?

Iron Deficiency Anem: Practically all cases of iron deficiency are due to lack of intake of iron in the diet or loss of iron through bleeding (gi tract or menstruation, for example). There are many diseases, while not common, that can result in iron deficiency anemia as an affect of the underlying disorder and some can be inherited. These would include inherited malabsorption diseases, hemolysis, & hemoglobinurias. ...Read more

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How dangerous can iron deficiency anemia get?

"Dead" serious: Neglecting it can cost your your life -- the heart fails. And neglecting the underlying cause -- which can be a stomach ulcer, cancer, malabsorption, or even an ill-advised diet -- can be a lethal mistake as well. Be smart. ...Read more

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How to know if I have iron-deficiency anemia?

How to know if I have iron-deficiency anemia?

See below...: It is very important to know what kind of anemia and what causes it. Iron deficiency is one of the main causes but there are others: vitamin b12/folate deficiency, chronic disease like infection or cancer, genetic conditions, certain medications, toxins, etc. Consulting with your doctor or a hematologist for proper testing and diagnosis is a must before starting any treatment. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have iron deficiency anemia?

How do I know if I have iron deficiency anemia?

Doctor: It is very important to know what kind of anemia and what causes it. Iron deficiency is one of the main causes but there are others: vitamin b12/folate deficiency, chronic disease like infection or cancer, genetic conditions, certain medications, toxins, etc. Consulting with your doctor or a hematologist for proper testing and diagnosis is a must before starting any treatment. ...Read more

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