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What will happen if my anemia is untreated?

What will happen if my anemia is 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

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

Any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood ...Read more


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What will happen if my anemia goes untreated?

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 more

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What will happen if my anemia is left untreated?

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 more

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What would happen if anemia goes untreated for 6 months?

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 more

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Please tell me what will happen if my anemia is left untreated?

Please tell me what will happen if my anemia is left untreated?

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

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What are the consequences of leaving anemia untreated?

What are the consequences of leaving anemia untreated?

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

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Can long untreated pernicious anemia give you the same symptoms of aplastic anemia with out actually having it. ?

PA: Is due to deficiency of B12 and/or folate (folic acid). Anemia is anemia, whatever the cause. If due to folate (folic acid) deficiency B12 must also be given or you will wind up with a nasty compliocation. ...Read more

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What are the complications with untreated, iron deficiency or anemia?

What are the complications with untreated, iron deficiency or anemia?

Anemia: you can end up with severe anemia which will require possibly blood transfusions. severe anemia, can lead to cardiac arrhytmias, heart attacks, loss of consciousness, weakness, etc. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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What are problems with untreated, iron deficiency, anemia?

Anemia: Your hemoglobin will go down, and you will end up requiring blood transfusions. Usually there is an underlying problem causing the anemia (most commonly from the intestines or the bone marrow), and this needs to be sorted out. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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What happens if your anemia dosent go away?

What happens if your anemia dosent go away?

Evaluate cause: Anemia simply means that there are not enough red blood cells. There are many causes for this. It may be that the correct cause has not been found, and that you have not yet had appropriate treatment yet. ...Read more

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What symptoms happen if your anemia doesn't go away?

What symptoms happen if your anemia doesn't go away?

Anemia: If the anemia is mile, you might not have any symptoms. If the anemia is more severe you would probably experience shortness of breath or fatigue. The only way to know if anemia has gone away is to repeat a blood test. ...Read more

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What will happen to people with the worst case of anemia?

Depends on type: there are many causes for anemia (low red blood count) most of them, if diagnosed and treated properly, should walk out of the hospital. Some times the anemia is due to a malignancy such as leukemia or lymphoma. Prognosis depends on the underlying disease. ...Read more

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What happens if you die from anemia how long would it take?

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

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I'm curious what could happen to people with the worst case of anemia?

I'm curious what could happen to people with the worst case of anemia?

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

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No matter what I do, will I get better from my anemia or what could happen?

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