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Is venofer infusion safe for treating anemia when you are 34 weeks pregnant and on asprin for preclmpsia risk? Does it cause blood clots?

Is venofer infusion safe for treating anemia when you are 34 weeks pregnant and on asprin for preclmpsia risk? Does it cause blood clots?

High-risk pg: You obviously are having a complicated pregnancy, How stressful! However, any treatments used are designed to be sure that you and your baby have the best possible chance. Do you trust you doctor? You can get a second opinion in your country or on Healthtap Concierge. Be sure you have adequate records uploaded for the OB doc to review and give you more detailed advice. ...Read more

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Anemia (Definition)

Anemia refers to any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood cells in the body. There are numerous causes of anemia but they can basically be broken down into 3 categories: decreased production of red blood cells increased destruction of red ...Read more


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I have iron deficiency anemia due to surgically-induced malabsorption. I will have my 1st iron infusion Thursday. When can I expect to feel better?

I have iron deficiency anemia due to surgically-induced malabsorption.  I will have my 1st iron infusion Thursday.  When can I expect to feel better?

In a few weeks: "When you should start to feel better depends on your particular situation. Normally, it may take from a week to a month after you start your iron supplement before you start to feel better. Continue to watch your symptoms and take note of side effects that might be caused by the supplements. If you have any questions or concerns, talk to your health care provider." ...Read more

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Mom had 4 colon polyps at 35. I have sudden Fe deficient anemia &need infusions 1x/wk, try to have bm feel like something is in the way. Cancer?

Mom had 4 colon polyps at 35. I have sudden Fe deficient anemia &need infusions 1x/wk, try to have bm feel like something is in the way. Cancer?

Cancer unlikely: Iron deficiency is not uncommon in women due to loss of blood during menstruation. You may try to increase your intake of fiber food, or take a fiber laxative like Metamucil. In either case drink enough water daily so that your urine is colorless. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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I have iron deficiency anemia, got infusions, raised ferritin levels, but it recently dropped from 140 to 36 again. I eat plenty of iron, celiac neg.

 I have iron deficiency anemia, got infusions, raised ferritin levels, but it recently dropped from 140 to 36 again. I eat plenty of iron, celiac neg.

Menstrual flow: If you have prolonged or excessive menstrual flow, you may discuss with your OB re. BCP to reduce the frequency of your menses. Iron in vegetable, no matter how high the content, may not be absorbed and thus if you were a vegan, you may need to take iron supplement. If you were older, I would consider GI cancer. ...Read more

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Could anemia show up in a normal blood test?

Could anemia show up in a normal blood test?

Unclear...: Anemia means a decrease in your rbc (red blood cell) count, hemoglobin content, and hematocrit level. All these parameters are part of a blood test named CBC (complete blood count) and will be abnormal if there is anemia. If the blood test is normal then anemia is unlikely. ...Read more

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What is the way they test blood for anemia with?

What is the way they test blood for anemia with?

Blood: Anemia is tested for by taking blood and performing a complete blood count (cbc). Work up of anemia is accomplished by taking blood and checking for iron, B12 and folate (folic acid) among other things. ...Read more

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Can blood tests for anemia give you wrong results?

Can blood tests for anemia give you wrong results?

Rarely: Detecting anemia (low hemoglobin / hematocrit) is one of the simplest of all lab tests, but clerical / computer errors still happen. If there is doubt whether you are anemic, repeat. Labs required to seek the cause (serum iron, b12, folate, (folic acid) reticulocyte count, many others) are usually reliable; taking an iron pill before the draw can mask elemental iron deficiency. ...Read more

Infusion (Definition)

An infusion implies a substance administered via IV 2 a person, such as blood (transfusion), antibiotics and pain meds or other meds. Some can be ...Read more