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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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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Low Blood Count (Definition)

Low blood count is also known as Anemia. Anemia is a condition in which the body has a decreased amount of healthy red blood cells, which normally provide oxygen to body tissues. Common causes may include certain medications, chronic diseases such as cancer, a poor ...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?

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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Is feosol 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 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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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

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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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


Iron (Definition)

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