Iron Defeciency Anemia

Anemia that results from a deficiency of iron in the body is called iron-deficiency anemia. Your body needs iron to make hemoglobin, so iron deficiency affects the production of hemoglobin. The symptoms include weakness, pale skin, shortness of breath, tongue swelling, brittle nails, and irregular heartbeats.

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I have had hand pain for one year, for which blood tests have been done. What should I do next?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had hand pain above my elbow for one year. The pain started six months after delivery. Blood tests and other check-ups have been done, but no issue was found. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You need to get the correct tests done, apart from a complete blood count (CBC), which in your case is grossly normal and has microcytic red blood cells (RBC), suggesting iron deficiency. You must get erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), C-reactive protein (CRP), and ...  Read Full »

My iron saturation is seven, and I have been experiencing blackouts for a while. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,I just got my lab reports with an iron saturation of 7. It is mentioned to seek immediate medical care. My skin is yellow, and I blackout or throw up when standing up. This has been there for a long time. I have been dealing with low iron levels for years. Once a doctor suggested I take an...  Read Full »

Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Your iron saturation and iron levels are low. So it seems to be iron deficiency. However, yellow skin points towards hemolysis which means red blood cell destruction. Kindly attach your complete blood count (CBC) report if avail...  Read Full »

Will I need to have colonoscopy if my iron level is at 9.5 %?

Query: Hi doctor,I had a blood test, which showed that I have an iron level of 9.5 percent. My TIBC is 65, and my ferritin level is 130. Does this on its own suggest anemia? Also, would this warrant further testing like a colonoscopy?Please answer.Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Zubin Dev Sharma

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for the query. Iron Deficiency in a young male is not shared and should be tested further. To begin with, you should get deworming done mainly if you have traveled to developing countries or eat out regularly. Secondly, you should contact your stool tested for o...  Read Full »

What is the reason for my breathlessness while climbing the stairs?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been suffering from a problem of breathlessness when I climb stairs. I got an angiography done two years back. The concerned cardiologist said there is no problem except for a sluggish blood flow. He recommended Ecosprin for two months. But the problem persists.  Read Full »

Dr. Amiya Kumar Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hello, Welcome to For your breathlessness when climbing the stairs, I suggest you do a PFT (pulmonary function test) to evaluate the lung function as sometimes this type of problem may be due to a lung problem. For further queries consult a cardiologist online -->  Read Full »

I have a low hemoglobin count. How can I treat it?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had low hemoglobin of 10.60, though, in the last 15 days. I have been eating nutritious food and taking iron and folic acid capsules. Please help me because I need to increase the same, as I need to give reports to my company for health status. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello. Welcome to I have seen your reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). You have iron deficiency anemia. First of all, we need to kill worms in our body which can cause iron deficiency. The tablet Bandy (Albendazole) 400 mg once a day for three days will ...  Read Full »

Do I get exhausted easily due to my lo hemogobin levels?

Query: Hi doctor, My hemoglobin level is 5.1 g/dL. I get tired and exhausted often for a month. I also had hypertension for 12 years. Currently, I am taking tablet Telmikind H, half a tablet once a day. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hello,Welcome to understand your concern. You are getting tired due to anemia, and it frequently presents with fatigue. Probably, you may have microcytic hypochromic anemia by iron deficiency. Your hemoglobin level is very low. I suggest you need an Iron sucrose-like injection for rapi...  Read Full »

What does it mean to get headaches following blurred vision?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been experiencing blurry vision. I have been examined by an eye specialist many times, and there is nothing wrong with my eyes. The blurring occurs in one eye for 15 to 20 minutes only, but I can still see things with blurring. After the blurring, I always get a headache. I had...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello,Welcome to understand your concern, and I would explain that your symptoms could suggest migraines with an ocular aura. Sometimes aura may not be associated with headaches, and sometimes migraine headaches are not typical.Your blood test reports indicate low zinc, magnesium, and ...  Read Full »

I have been feeling sick and tired for the past six weeks. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, I keep having these waves of feeling sick and tired with no energy for about six weeks now.  Read Full »

Dr. Murali R

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Feeling tired or sick may have lots of causes. More information from you may help in giving a diagnosis.  The causes could be:  The most common cause is anemia. Do a complete blood picture to rule it out. Record your temperature to check for a fever or an infection...  Read Full »

My serum iron levels are very high after taking iron supplements. Should I be worried?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 46-year-old female with a history of low iron and hemoglobin due to heavy periods and bleeding in between periods due to fibroids. For the last several days, I have been taking 65 mg of elemental iron because of this issue. I am not taking any other medicines. My blood pressure ...  Read Full »

Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. As mentioned in the history, you have iron deficiency anemia due to bleeding. Ferritin and iron values increase in a short time due to the intake of iron supplements. Your high iron levels are due to iron tablet intake, and you do not have to...  Read Full »

What do low hemoglobin and RBC levels indicate?

Query: Hello doctor, My hemoglobin count and RBC levels were normal until about a year or two, but now my hemoglobin level is around 10 g/dL, and blood reports show that I have iron deficiency anemia. I am taking tablet Amlong 5 mg and tablet Ecosprin 75 mg and do not have any previous history of the same ...  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). There are two issues that I would like to discuss in detail. 1) Your diagnosis is correct; it is iron deficiency anemia. The best way to treat it is through o...  Read Full »

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