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What Happen If Anemia Remains Untreated
Will get worse: If anemia is untreated it will get worse and will give you more symptoms. Symptoms will depend of the severity of the anemia and the cause of the anemia. Fatigue, lack of energy, dizziness, shortness of breath, chets discomfort on exertion, etc are the most common problems. Certain cause of anemia-like vit B12 deficiency can cause memory problem, lack of concentration, etc that can be irreversible. ...Read more
Bad stuff: What can happen if you do not treat your anemia depends to some degree on the cause of your anemia because anemia is a symptom and not a disease by itself (it results from a lot of different problems). Anemia by itself strains the heart and chronic anemia can lead to heart failure. You should find out the cause and get treated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: What is the cause of your anemia? This is the most important question. And how severe is your anemia? Is it progressively worsening? If your anemia is mild and due to iron deficiency related to menstrual bleeding, then you may not have much problem. But if your anemia is severe, and due to kidney problem, bone marrow problem, GI bleeding or cancer, it can be life threatening! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends on...: Mild anemia may cause no symptoms so if untreated it would not have any particular consequences. More severe anemia may include fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath, fast heart rate, headache, cognitive problems etc. so if it goes untreated you would suffer with those symptoms until corrected. But this should not affect your ability to respond to proper treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not recommended: Anemia needs to be properly diagnosed in terms of subtype and what causes it. After adequate diagnostic workup by a qualified physician, appropriate treatment should be started. If left untreated, anemia may become worse and lead to various complications. Also, since anemia is frequently caused by an underlying condition, not treating that condition can have additional complications. ...Read more
Untreated anemia: Bad anemia can cause fatigue, lightheadedness, chest pain, shortness of breath, and leg pain with exercise. Some cases require blood transfusion. There are literally hundreds of causes of anemia, many of which are easily treatable, and others which are mild or congenital and don't need treatment at all. To find out what kind of anemia someone has and whether it needs treatment, see a hematologist. ...Read more
Death: Within weeks or a few months.Get a more detailed answer ›
I'm 31 weeks pregnant and crave ice a lot. Is this a sign of anemia? If it goes untreated could it be harmful to me and baby?
Pica: This is a condition not completely understood, called pica. Most women will describe a craving for ice, but other foods, and even clay and dirt, are also common. Iron hunger in the face of anemia is certainly one theory, but remember, you're making a new person, and adding 50% more blood to your system. So your iron demands are going to be higher. Ask your doctor if he checked you for anemia. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If someone has subclinical hypothyroidism(sch) which is being untreated, and also has anemia, does lack of treatment cause the anemia to become worse and worse over time?(assuming sch is causing anemia)
TSH 1.09 / FT3 2.74pG / FT4 0.81nG / TPO-Ab 59.3 IU. Am I hypo? Could untreated mild iron deficiency anemia with hypochromatosis have caused these?
Perhaps, no: You have Thyroiditis. Your FT3 and FT4 are at the low end of the normal range and suboptimal. Whether officially hypothyroid or not, those with thyroiditis generally benefit from taking Levothyoxine and Liothyroinine (also check thyroglobulin Ab's- if negative consider Armour or Naturethroid. Anemia prob. unrelated. See http://tinyurl.com/nrww2qg and http://www.holtorfmed.com/hashimotos-disease/ ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fast or slow: It all depends (as with everything!) Ultimately one would die from lack of oxygen transport to the tissues of the body. If this comes in the form of a heart attack, it could be fast with a relatively-high hemoglobin (perhaps even 8 if you had severe heart disease). On the other hand, if anemia declines slowly over long time in young person, I have seen Hb of 3. ...Read more
You already know: Death from anemia still happens when people have heavy bleeding, massive hemolysis, or cannot make blood cells and for whatever reason cannot be transfused. It is accompanied by severe shortness of breath, swelling from high-output congestive heart failure, and is a miserable way to go. If you are sick and are considering noncompliance with treatment, please reconsider. ...Read more
Find the cause: You need to insist that your physician explain why you are anemic, or how the workup will proceed. Every general physician knows how to conduct an anemia workup. You have a right to full disclosure here. There are hundreds of different causes, and you have a total right to know which is making you anemic and what can be done. ...Read more
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