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Sedimentation Rate (Definition)

Is the rate at which red blood cells sediment in a period of 1 hour. It is non-specific measure of inflammation. It is performed by placing anticoagulated blood sample in an upright tube (westergren tube) then measuring the rate at which red blood cells fall (in mm per hour). It is useful in diagnosis of some diseases, such as autoimmune diseases, for assessment of severity of ...Read more


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I have an iron deficiency. My resting heart rate typically seems to be between 82-85bpm. I haven't exercised in over a year due to injury. Normal?

I have an iron deficiency. My resting heart rate typically seems to be between 82-85bpm. I haven't exercised in over a year due to injury. Normal?

Listen to your body: That is a fairly high resting heart rate. Exercise is essential to health. If you have been taking iron for more than 3 months and you continue to be iron deficient you may be having trouble absorbing iron because of low stomach acid. This can interfere with the absorption of zinc and magnesium as well. These deficiencies can make you much more sensitive to stress and interfere with healing. ...Read more

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With an iron deficiency & a heart rate (resting) of approximately 82 is it safe to start jumping rope for exercise/getting fit? Harmful or beneficial?

Listen to your body: If you do a gentle pretend jump roping, like skipping rope, slowly, you will get good movement that will stimulate blood flow in even 30 seconds. That should increase circulation to your entire body. Doing this every 30 minutes while awake and gradually increasing the duration will be very beneficial to you as you are correcting your iron deficiency. In less than a month you will be stronger. ...Read more

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I have an elevated sedimentation rate, elevated white blood cell count, elevated absolute neutrophils, elevated absolute lymphocytes, & low iron level?

I have an elevated sedimentation rate, elevated white blood cell count, elevated absolute neutrophils, elevated absolute lymphocytes, & low iron level?

How do you FEEL?: If the white cell values are not extremely out of range, and all are well formed, I would not worry about them. Iron is more worrisome as even without anemia, low values can war of poor nutrition or bleeding from an uncertain or tumor. Nobody here can really tell you much more than that we are glad you are amtaking an active role in understanding your health. ...Read more

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I am a brittle asthmatic with iron-deficiency anaemia. Ferritin is 4, and my haemoglobin is 9.7. Today, my resting heart rate is 150bpm. See a doctor?

I am a brittle asthmatic with iron-deficiency anaemia. Ferritin is 4, and my haemoglobin is 9.7. Today, my resting heart rate is 150bpm. See a doctor?

See your MD: You may have an increased heart rate from some of your asthma medications--though not mentioned, I presume you are on some bronchodilator meds which can raise your heart rate. Prednisone should not raise your heart rate. Anemia can also be associated with increased heart rate. See your MD to get checked out and give you some peace. ...Read more

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Can an iron deficiency make you gain weight?

Usually not: I don't think iron deficiency anemia is linked directly to weight gain. Some people with iron deficiency might have cravings like chewing ice or even eating clay/sand. I had a patient who liked to chew on paper! Bit that won't make you gain weight though :). ...Read more

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What problems can be caused by iron deficiency?

What problems can be caused by iron deficiency?

Anemia: Iron is critical to making hemoglobin. Iron deficiency cause anemia. If it is low, it can be due to several causes and should be investigated carefully. See your doc right away if you think you are low in iron and/or anemic. ...Read more

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I am iron deficiency, is there a good iron pill u can recommend?

I am iron deficiency, is there a good iron pill u can recommend?

First find the reaso: Why are you iron deficient? Are you bleeding heavily each month? Are you taking other supplements to keep up your nutrition?

Is your body toxic. Are your period heavy and painful. Resolve any of those issues and the iron problem will go away. Otherwise, the iron will no build up to help you fix the problem,
www. Neuroscisncemyths. Com may have an answer to soke of the issues. Check with my offic. ...Read more

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Do you know you have an iron deficiency with just hct?

Do you know you have an iron deficiency with just hct?

Iron deficiency: Iron deficiency can be suspected by looking and the hematocrit and MCV (the size of the red cells), but it can only be accurately diagnosed by looking at iron, tibc, and ferritin levels. ...Read more

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How can iron deficiency affect the composition of blood?

How can iron deficiency affect the composition of blood?

Reduced Red cells: Iron is required in order to make hemoglobin which is carried in the red blood cells (rbc). So iron deficienncy leads to reduced size and number of rbcs and low hemoglobin level or anemia, is the end result. ...Read more

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What is the worst that can happen for an infant with an iron deficiency?

See below: General fatigue. Weakness. Pale skin. shortness of breath. dizziness.
strange cravings for non-food items, such as dirt, ice, and clay. tingling or a crawling feeling in the legs.
swelling or soreness in the tongue. Severe iron-deficiency anemia can lead to heart problems, infections, problems with growth and development I ...Read more

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Whether positive or negative, what effects does iron deficiency have on esr?

Whether positive or negative, what effects does iron deficiency have on esr?

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 more

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Can I exercise if I am iron deficiency anaemic? If so what type of exercises?

Can I exercise if I am iron deficiency anaemic? If so what type of exercises?

Anemia: You can exercise w/anemia but please do so under your doctor's guidance. You need to determine what is an appropriate amount for you as you build yourself back up. Ask about power walking and pay attention to your own response. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Does iron deficiency cause bloating?

Does iron deficiency cause bloating?

Not usually: But certain conditions like celiac disease (gluten allergy) can cause both iron deficiency and bloating. Best to have your parent discuss this with your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Iron deficiency in 8 year old. With MCV 74?

Iron deficiency in 8 year old. With MCV 74?

Maybe, maybe not: The child's doctor needs more information about the number, size & shape of his Red Blood Cells (RBC's), his iron level, his Total Iron Binding Capacity, his overall health & his growth. The child also needs tests for genetic disorders of hemoglobin, the oxygen-transport protein of RBC's, as Beta-Thalassemia & others are fairly common in the UAE. Read: www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/m/pubmed/11480786/. ...Read more

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What to do if I have iron deficiency, so I took supplements?

Ask your doctor: Check with your doctor, further testing may be necessary. The most common cause of iron deficiency anemia in women of child bearing age is menstruation; however, other more serious causes are possible and could be reversed. You should check with your doctor to find the cause of iron deficiency before your start treating it on your own. ...Read more

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What are effective treatments for suspected iron deficiency?

Iron supplements: Anemia should have a confirmed cause, so "suspected" is not good enough. A low serum iron level associated with heavy periods may be the cause, but there are also other causes of anemia and your doctor can confirm the cause. Dietary sources of iron are excellent (more red meat) but iron supplements available over the counter may also help. ...Read more

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I have persistent asthma and an iron deficiency. What to do?

I have persistent asthma and an iron deficiency. What to do?

Asthma: You should be under the care of an internist familiar with asthma control as well as your iron deficiency. ...Read more

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What is the best supplement to take for low iron deficiency?

Any iron: There are different types of iron supplements on the market. Some may cause constipation so you might need to try a few before finding one that works best for you. Iron bi-glycinate is a highly absorbable iron that works well, especially when taken with vitamin c. Check with your doctor to find out how much iron you need. ...Read more

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How long does it take multivitamins to cure an iron deficiency?

Depend-take months: It depends on how low is your iron, how good your stomach absorbing the iron, whether you can tolerate the iron, whether you take the iron properly or not, how much do you take etc. The respond is individually basis. Your doctor should check you again in about 3 months and see if you respond well or not. If you can't tolerate or if you don't respond to oral iron, intravenous iron is an option. ...Read more

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What is the difference between iron deficiency and B12 deficiency?

What is the difference between iron deficiency and B12 deficiency?

The MCV is the clue: When you get a CBC blood test, there is something called the mcv. This is the red blood cell size. If the cell size or MCV is low, this implies that something is missing in the red blood cell. Since hemoglobin in the rbcs is composed of iron bound to a protein (globulin), it is either iron (common) or globulin & the cell will be small. Low B12 will cause the MCV to be high- poor maturation. ...Read more

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Can your CBC iron levels be normal but still have iron deficiency?

Can your CBC iron levels be normal but still have iron deficiency?

Yes: You can have a red blood count in the normal range and still have iron deficiency. The clues are in the other numbers reported in a CBC or complete blood count. If iron deficient the red cells are smaller and have less hemoglobin (low MCV and mchc) the best measure of iron status is not the iron level but usually the ferritin level, the blood protein that carries iron not bound up by hemoglobin. ...Read more

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2 of my fingernails are spooning. Could this mean an iron deficiency?

2 of my fingernails are spooning. Could this mean an iron deficiency?

FEw possibilities: Yes, but there might be other causes too. Suggest you have a full check up and a few blood tests, not just the Iron. ...Read more

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What is the prevalence of iron deficiency anaemia in menstruating women?

What is the prevalence of iron deficiency anaemia in menstruating women?

It depends: Although the data is old, according to the usa center for disease control statistics referenced below, it is about 3%. Center for disease control and prevention. Iron deficiency—United States, 1999–2000. Mmwr morb mortal wkly rep. 2002;51 (40):899. ...Read more

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Can iron deficiency lead to serious anemias, even in the meat-eating u.S.?

Can iron deficiency lead to serious anemias, even in the meat-eating u.S.?

Yes: Iron deficiency anemia is still a common cause of anemia in the United States. It can be due to lack of iron in the diet, loss of blood or a combination of these factors. ...Read more

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Feeling very weak and cold all the time. Could it simply be Iron Deficiency?

It could: Iron deficiency would cause you to be anemic which could then cause you to experience the symptoms you are describing. Your doctor could easily diagnose this with a simple blood test. Other possible causes for your symptoms need to be excluded as well ...Read more

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What are some common symptoms of anaemia (iron deficiency) in teenage girls?

Anemia: Severe anemia from iron deficiency often has fatigue associated with it. Sometimes feeling light headed as well. Unfortunately (or fortunately) mild anemia frequently has no symptoms. Many teenage girls are mildly iron deficient because they have poor diets and menstruate. Encouraging proper nutrition is always a good idea! ...Read more

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Feeling very weak and cold all the time. Could this simply be iron deficiency?

Tiredness: Hi, it could be Iron deficiency anemia or Thyroid problem or untreated allergy, plz see an MD for further evaluation. ...Read more

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What's more likely to cause a patchy mustache, folliculitis or iron deficiency?

Probably just you: Genetics; some guys can grow a great 'stache, others can't. The more chest hair & thicker beard, the sooner you'll probably go bald. You may also be iron deficient -- get the cause found and treated; hope you're not a non-supplementing vegetarian. Most guys get occasional inflamed follicles; if you have pityrospirum folliculitis, it's easy to treat. Many women prefer sparse facial hair in the us. ...Read more

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