Patient discussion about anemia

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Q. What is the Treatment for Anemia?

I would like to know what are the possible treatments for anemia?
A1The first step in treating anemia, is discovering the cause for it. By a series of simple blood tests it is easy to discover iron defficiency, folic acid defficiency and vitamin B12 defficiency anemia, all which can be treated with oral supplements or a change of nutrition. Anemia that is associated with rectal bleeding should be further investigated, because it is often the first sign of colon polyps or colon cancer. Colonoscopy is then recommended.
A2There are many different treatments for anemia and the treatment depends on severity and the cause. If the reason is iron deficiency, as often diagnosed, it can be treated with iron supplementation. Folic acid and vitamin B12 defficiency, which can also cause anemia, can also be treated with supplements. In anemia of chronic disease, anemia associated with chemotherapy, or anemia associated with renal disease it is sometimes helpful to take "erythropoietin"- the hormone that stimulates production of red blood cells. In very severe anemia, it is necessary to receive blood transfusion, beacause the anemia can be dangerous to the heart and brain function.

Q. What are the Symptoms of Anemia?

Lately I've been feeling very tired. My friend suggested I might be anemic. What are the major symptoms of anemia?
A1The symptoms of anemia vary according to the type of anemia, the underlying cause, and any underlying health problems. Anemia may be associated with other medical conditions such as hemorrhage, ulcers, menstrual problems or cancer -- and specific symptoms of those conditions may be noticed first.

The body also has a remarkable ability to compensate for early anemia. If your anemia is mild or developed over a long period of time, you may not notice any symptoms. Symptoms common to many types of anemia include the following:

Easy fatigue and loss of energy
Unusually rapid heart beat, particularly with exercise
Shortness of breath and headache, particularly with exercise
Difficulty concentrating
Pale skin
Leg cramps

Hope this helps.
A2check your fingernails, they will be ridged and off color. fatigue is a strong indicator, but your best bet is to go to the Dr. and have blood tests run, there may be underlying symptoms and blood work can give the best answers. Then follow his directions! If you have no medical care, iron is good, but can also cause distress to some people.
A3Usually, the first and most important symptom of anemia is weakness or fatigue. People might feel as if they need to make much more effort in doing things they had no problem doing before, and this feeling can be very disturbing, therefore they seek medical help.

Q. What is the Definition of Anemia?

My doctor told me I have anemia, based on my latest blood tests. What is anemia?
A1In laymans terms it is low iron. Most women get it sometime in their lives due to menstration and other factors. You need to increase your iron intake. Lots of beets, beans, spinich, and lots of other foods can help.
A2In lamans terms it is low iron. Most women get it sometime in their lives due to menstration and other factors. You need to increase your iron intake. Lots of beets, beans, spinich, and lots of other foods can help.
A3Anemia is a condition where there is a lower than normal number of red blood cells in the blood, usually measured by a decrease in the amount of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the oxygen-carrying part of red blood cells. It gives these blood cells their red color. There are many types and potential causes of anemia. Hope this helps.

Q. What is the connection between anemia and diabetes?

are the two even related?
ADiabetes does not normally cause anemia, and the two don't necessarily have to be related. However, long standing diabetes that affects the kidneys (diabetic nephropathy), can lead to damaged kidney function and a decrease in the production of several hormones, among them is erythropoitin, which is responsible for the production of new RBC's (red blood cells) in the bone marrow. A dicrease in their production leads to anemia, and anyone suffering from chronic renal failure should receive EPO supplements.

Q. My 12 years old daughter is having anemia.

My 12 years old daughter is having anemia. Her Hemoglobin is only 5 % and iron is also very less. After she underwent blood transfusion, her hemoglobin level rose to 7%. She is taking meds and vitamin syrup now. What nutrition will be good for her in this situation?
AIron deficiency is a common symptom among majority of children and intake of proper iron will make her hemoglobin count perfect. Avoid giving her junk food and give more of fruits, nuts, whole grains, green leafy vegetables, meat fish and poultry. Coffee and tea if taken with meals will hinder the iron absorption. Don’t forget to follow the suggestions and ensure balanced diet for your daughter.

Q. Why is my anemia not responding to iron supplementation?

I have had anemia for a long time, and my docs have always just told me to take iron supplements. However, there has never been a significant increase in my hemaglobin/hematocrit levels; there have been slight increases, but nothing that is permanent. Additionally, my RBCs are slightly microcytic.
A1When anemia that is thought to result from iron deficiency doesn't respond to iron supplementation, another option is also giving iron by infusion, especially if you have ongoing losses. It's prescribed, of course, by your doctor.

A2Microcytic anemia is usually due to iron deficiency.
if you're Hb does not respond your doc should send you for further investigations to look for a non-obvious source of bleeding. Marked anemia can cause secondary cardiac chest pain but if this is the case you definitely need further investigation and treatment.

Q. What are some ways to treat anemia after giving birth to a baby?

I have heard the iron tablets can deplete a bodies ability to absorb iron over time. So what are some other natural ways to treat/cure anemia (as a result of giving birth to a baby)?
A1Oral iron supplements are the best way to restore iron levels for people who are iron deficient, but they should be used only when dietary measures have failed. However, iron supplements cannot correct anemias that are not due to iron deficiency. Change your diet and see if that helps.
A2You heard wrong: What happens is that as you build up your iron stores, your body naturally absorbs less.

If you are a bit anemic and don't want to take pills, cook in a cast iron skillet, eat iron-rich meats (liver, mostly). This is what I do.
A3Joseph is right..
Iron tablets will surely help, and you can also add extra-meat to your meals, to help your body to produce enough protein and substances to produce haemoglobin.
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