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What will happen if my anemia is left untreated?

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!

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Anemia (Definition)

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Been so cold but my left foot is freezing to touch & in general & now painful. Last bw showed anemia number was 9.4 could be related? Get more bw tomw

Been so cold but my left foot is freezing to touch & in general & now painful. Last bw showed anemia number was 9.4 could be related? Get more bw tomw

Possibly so. Find out: The cause and treat that! There has to be something else going on that you need to follow and pay attention to. Make sure to have your doctor explore all possibilities. You need good blood flow everywhere to maintain temperature & circulation. Work with an integrative medicine doctor to consider the wholistic view with all the meds you're on too. Have your core temp taken, and thyroid function too.

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I have pernicious anemia. I am supposed to take B12 shots. I have some left expired 8/12. Is it OK to take? And what size syringe. 1cc intramusc

I have pernicious anemia. I am supposed to take B12 shots. I have some left expired 8/12. Is it OK to take? And what size syringe. 1cc intramusc

B12: Expired medications should not be taken. They may be less potent, or with injectables, may have increased risk of contamination

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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.

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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.

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I just left my pcp office and my blood work showed my anemia at 2....... she referred me to a hematologist, im not sure what does this mean?

I just left my pcp office and my blood work showed my anemia at 2....... she referred me to a hematologist, im not sure what does this mean?

Unclear: More information is needed here. If your hemoglobin was 2 you'd be sent to the hospital for immediate transfusion (if you were even still functioning at all). You need the actual lab findings in order to answer this better. A hematologist is a blood specialist and probably a good idea regardless if your PCP recommended it.

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Borderline anemia (3.7) w/ high MCV (103) high mch, -40lbs weight loss/fatique/pain/prssr under left ribs, random node swellng. Worry or no?

Very worried: There are many possibilities, but based on what you've told me, you have malignant lymphoma until proved otherwise. It's your life and your risk of missing an opportunity for cure before it's too late. If you don't have confidence in the physician who ordered the bloodwork, please get with a practice group that you trust.

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Pain in the front of my head eye aches left one have anemia feel slightly dizzy.?

Pain in the front of my head eye aches left one have anemia feel slightly dizzy.?

Further evaluation: You headaches and pain on the left eye could be related- cluster headache for instance- but could also be caused by other cause that still needs to be evaluated. The dizziness can be related to anemia. However it is not easy to really figure out what is going on without examining you. See your doc and have yourself checked. If you are anemic also needs to know what is the cause. Good luck.

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What's the link between anemia and left arm pain, also being anemic is there any threaten to my cvs &heart? I'm afraid

Mimics heart symptom: When the heart does not get enough oxygen discomfort can be felt in either arm because of nerves connecting to the heart that join up with nerves connecting to the arm in the spinal cord.. Anemia is one common cause of reduced oxygen supply to the heart which then leads to symptoms that mimic heart disease. If your heart is otherwise healthy, no special cause for alarm.

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