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What may be the reason for anemia not responding to iron supplementation?

What may be the reason for anemia not responding to iron supplementation?

Different types: There are hundreds of types of anemia, which are divided into three categories - anemia caused by blood loss, by faulty or decreased red blood cell production, or by increased destruction of blood cells. If the anemia is due to excess blood loss such as ulcers, hemorrhoids, cancer, use of nsaids, menstruation, childbirth etc, it is important to treat the underlying cause of anemia first. ...Read more

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Iron 27, TIBC is 437, Transferin Saturation 6. Does this show Iron Defeciency Anemia? And a reason for some fatigue? Should I be taking iron?

Iron 27, TIBC is 437, Transferin Saturation 6. Does this show Iron Defeciency Anemia? And a reason for some fatigue? Should I be taking iron?

Are you anemic?: You are anemic if and only if you hemoglobin is low, but iron deficiency can make you tired before anemia happens. These labs say "iron deficient", most likely. If this is from very heavy periods and/or non-supplementing vegetarianism, iron supplements are in order, but the cause needs to be found first -- even at your age, it's a bleeding ulcer or stomach cancer until proved otherwise. ...Read more

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I haven't hit puberty and im 16, I had/have mild iron deficiency anemia, is this the reason why I haven't hit puberty? I have a poor apetite as well?

I haven't hit puberty and im 16, I had/have mild iron deficiency anemia, is this the reason why I haven't hit puberty? I have a poor apetite as well?

Not likely: Mild iron deficiency can cause a variety of symptoms by stopping puberty altogether is not one of them. The process requires the input of hormones & target tissue in the body. Failure to enter puberty by 14 in girls & 15 in boys requires an evaluation by a pediatric endocrinologist. Seek one out (and take some iron anyway). ...Read more

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Evry while dyspnea for days special when wake up. Lungs, thyoroid, cardiac echo ok, iron 4/hemato34\feritine 10, is anemia reason? More investigation?

Evry while dyspnea for days special when wake up. Lungs, thyoroid, cardiac echo ok, iron 4/hemato34\feritine 10, is anemia reason? More investigation?

Too much testing is: It is not a good idea to keep doing all sorts of tests which may not be relevant because they can only mislead you. If you have trouble breathing, get a lung specialist (pulmonologist) to check you and make sure you do not have asthma or airway allergy. ...Read more

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How many days does it take for anemia symptoms to disappear after iron supplementation?

How many days does it take for anemia symptoms to disappear after iron supplementation?

See below: It depends on how anemic one is. Symptoms should resolve within 3-6 weeks if low iron is the cause of the anemia, and the iron is being taken properly and is being absorbed. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I should be concerned about anemia and an iron supplement?

Can you tell me if I should be concerned about anemia and an iron supplement?

Need more info: I do not have enough information to be able to answer your question. If you are concerned about anemia, please see a doctor and tell the doctor you concerns. The doctor can perform testing (complete blood count) to determine if you are anemic. ...Read more

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If you have low iron stores following a blood test, can that lead to anemia? Is there a recommended dosage of iron supplement to help restore levels.

If you have low iron stores following a blood test, can that lead to anemia? Is there a recommended dosage of iron supplement to help restore levels.

Yes and yes: The first thing to go down low is the iron storage. If you don't fix it- eventually you are going to become anemic. Yes, you can take iron supplement by mouth 3x/day. But most importantly is to find why your iron is low. You should have a GI work-up- egd and colonosocpy and check your urine- to check blood in urine. If + blood in urine- you need imaging study, perhaps urologist etc. Go to see gp. ...Read more

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What to do if I have anemia, and was wondering how I could get a better iron intake without a supplement, or even with a supplement that won't make me sick?

See below: If you can not tolerate oral iron, you may discuss getting an IV infusion of iron. It can generally be done in one sitting.
You may also try iron rich foods. You may consult this site for info on foods: http://www. Webmd. Com/diet/iron-rich-foods#1
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. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. 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, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Is feosol (ferrous sulfate) iron supplement a good choice for anemia?

Anemia & iron: Anemia can be caused by different things- bleeding, iron deficiency, vitamin deficiency, related to other chronic disease, related to kidney disease, destruction to red blood cells, bone marrow failure etc. Feosol (ferrous sulfate) iron is one of the good choice only if you have iron deficiency anemia and hopefully can help you- otherwise, you should see md and have further eval to find the cause of your anemia. ...Read more

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2yr old woke up yelling kicking nothing comforted her 4 10min. History of anemia, iron supplement in the past. Still anemic? Terrified, take to er?

No to ER: This sounds like a pretty typical night terror, and as you stated in your question, they are terrifying for parents. Night terrors are an abnormal sleep pattern where the child may seem to be awake but unconsolable to you as a parent. They do kicking, screaming, not recognizing surroundings, etc - because they are actually still asleep. Make appointment with pediatrician to discuss. ...Read more

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Is fefol (iron & folate (folic acid) supplement) 30 delayed release capsules suggested for anemia?

Is fefol (iron & folate (folic acid) supplement) 30 delayed release capsules suggested for anemia?

Anemia: If your doctor put you on it, yes it is suggested for anemia. Make sure you did se your docotr and your had blood tests that made the diagnosis of the deficiency. ...Read more

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What are the contradictions to iron supplement in an 85 year old female with history of lower GI bleed and when is it indicated for chronic anemia?

What are the contradictions to iron supplement in an 85 year old female with history of lower GI bleed and when is it indicated for chronic anemia?

Anemia ; iron: What is the cause of lower GI bleed? If the cause is corrected, the anemia resolves. Contraindications to take iron pills are not having iron deficiency diagnosis, infection, hemochromatosis and rheumatoid arthritis. You should take when diagnosis is of fe deficiency, having symptoms of anemia and hemoglobin less than 10. Also chronic iron def. Anemia is different from anemia of chronic disease. ...Read more

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Can I take an iron supplement prescribed to me for anemia along with a one a day multi vitamin, biotin, and I take nexium (esomeprazole)?

Anemia, Nexium (esomeprazole): I admire you for your interest in Health.
Nexium (esomeprazole) decreases the amount of acid produced in the stomach.
By reducing stomach acid, Nexium (esomeprazole) may reduce the absorption of iron and make it less effective in treating your Anemia.
It is not for immediate relief of heartburn symptoms.
See your Physician for diagnosis, medication effects and treatment.
Increased acidity can be due to stresses, have Therapy. ...Read more

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I have symptoms of anemia only when on my period. Lightheaded, pale, etc. Do I need to be diagnosed or should I just treat myself with iron supplement?

I have symptoms of anemia only when on my period. Lightheaded, pale, etc. Do I need to be diagnosed or should I just treat myself with iron supplement?

Not an "iron (y)": It is always better to know if that is what needs treating before any form of treatment. Have your MD perform a complete blood count (cbc) with differential. Of course over the counter iron is available, but if you start it now, it will "confuse" a future diagnosis from testing. Moreover, the MD will give you an iron Rx that will be more effective then the "store" version if it is necessary. ...Read more

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Serum b12> 1999 mma 0.4, homocysteine high 19. No folate (folic acid) or iron deficiency normocytic anemia not responding to procrit. Is this an absorption issue?

Serum b12> 1999 mma 0.4, homocysteine high 19. No folate (folic acid) or iron deficiency normocytic anemia not responding to procrit. Is this an absorption issue?

Anemia: Can be caused by blood loss or bone marrow suppression as well. More information is needed (how long have you had a normal iron, folate (folic acid) and b12 level. What is your reticulocyte count? (is your bone marrow producing new RBC's)? How low is your HCT and has it come up or gone down with B12. Is the RDW elevated (do you put out large and small RBC's at the same time? Any blood loss? ...Read more

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After iron supplement course my sons iron rised to 48 from 20.9, MCV is 75.4, hct/pcv 33.7 and plateles are 420. Reason? Anything serious?

After iron supplement course my sons iron rised to 48 from 20.9, MCV is 75.4, hct/pcv 33.7 and plateles are 420. Reason? Anything serious?

Ask the DR: Need to treat the patient, not just the lab numbers. Not enough information to answer this question. Why high platelets? Bleeding? Age? Various diagnoses? ...Read more

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Why should you take a multiviatmin without iron if you have anemia?

If the anemia: Is due to iron deficiency----O.K. If it is due to another cause it is not. Iron is potentially harmful and should be under doctor advice. ...Read more

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Can iron help reduce normochromic anemia?

Can iron help reduce normochromic anemia?

IDA and Fe: Iron can help improve iron deficiency anemia (ida). Usually ida is associated with red blood cells (rbcs) that are hypochromic (=pale), microcytic (small cells). However, anemia may be mutifactorial (many causes) and may result in a lab value of normocytic (normal sized) rbcs. A peripheral blood smear and iron studies (ferritin, etc) will help evaluate. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for anemia besides iron?

What are the treatments for anemia besides iron?

Must treat the cause: There are several causes of anemia: iron deficiency, b12/folate deficiency, chronic kidney disease, chronic diseases such as rheumatoid/lupus, bone marrow disease/cancers, or due to acute blood loss (if severe, need transfusion)--thus need to treat the specific cause of anemia. At times, anemia is not treatable and needs periodic transfusion. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why do I have iron anemia when I eat a lot of spinach?

Why do I have iron anemia when I eat a lot of spinach?

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. In your case, either your intake is not adequate, you don't absorb what you take in, or you have blood loss in excess of intake. Spinach is ok, but meat is better. ...Read more

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I had blood test which shows low iron levels. Is this anemia?

I had blood test which shows low iron levels. Is this anemia?

Iron deficiency: Iron deficiency is one type of several types of anemia. Anemia generally refers to low levels of hemoglobin/hematocrit. Iron deficiency can certainly cause this, but in and of itself, iron deficiency is not the same as anemia. ...Read more

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Does severe, extreme anemia (iron and b12) affect spine health?

Does severe, extreme anemia (iron and b12) affect spine health?

If it limits your: If it limits your activity or exercise level as well as your general nutritional status, yes. ...Read more

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Could iron defiency and anemia make me feel like I'm going to faint?

Near syncope: Can be from many things. See a doctor. Are you saying you have a doctor who says you have iron deficiency anemia? ...Read more

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What is the normal dosage for over-the-counter iron pills for anemia?

65 mg of iron: Otc iron usually will contain 65 mg of iron. ...Read more

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