Low Hemoglobin

Low hemoglobin count in your blood indicates anemia. The average hemoglobin count for men and women is 13.5 and 12 g/dL, and anything less than that is considered anemia. Other conditions that cause low hemoglobin are cancer, kidney disease, lead poisoning, liver cirrhosis, and hypothyroidism.

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What are the causes of severe tiredness?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been concerned about my tiredness. Before, I could stay up all night, but now I cannot. I have no idea what it is. Sometimes, when I get home I get really tired and take a nap. When I take a nap in the afternoon I sometimes wake up feeling shaky and feel horrible. Even after the na...  Read Full »


Dr. Naresh Kumar Monigari

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through all the data you have posted. As you are a female and worried about increased fatigability my first differential diagnosis would be low hemoglobin. It is common to have low hemoglobin in females due to menstrual blood loss. Kindly do complete blood...  Read Full »

My platelet is high with 4 gm hemoglobin. What is my problem?

Query: Hello doctor, My platelet count was 974, hemoglobin was 4, sedimentation rate was >140, and iron was 7 with a saturation of 1%. I went to the doctor because I lost vision in one eye for about an hour. They have done and MRI, and EKG both normal. Two units of blood and iron transfusions started...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Hematologist, Pathologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to the icliniq.com. Your transferrin saturation and Hb seems very low. If you provide full CBC (complete blood count) report then it can be clear whether it is iron deficiency anemia or hemolytic anemia. Platelet count here can be high as a result of reactive thrombocytosis. It is be...  Read Full »

How does eating bricks affect the uterus?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 26 year old female. Will eating bricks affect uterus? I do not have any side effects other than early periods. In the last two cycles my periods were five days earlier. Please explain.  Read Full »


Dr. Arul Amuthan

Ayurveda Specialist, Naturopathy Specialist, Pharmacologist, Siddha Medicine Specialist, Toxicologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. People eat chalk piece or brick or sand due to the craving on it. This is due to anemia. Your hemoglobin (Hb) should be estimated and iron therapy should be given. Eating bricks never harm you and never affect the uterus system. But, it may lead to infection and diarrhea....  Read Full »

Please help me understand my blood results.

Query: Hi doctor, I was diagnosed with anemia due to heavy periods. I was told to double up my Iron supplements. My iron is already high and ferritin is low. My binding is not even registering. My results are as follows. Ferritin 8.0 ng/mL, iron 333 ug/dL, iron binding capacity and transferrin saturation n...  Read Full »


Dr. Prakash H Muddegowda

Geriatrician, Hematologist, Pathologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Based on your query my opinion is as follows: The values are very rare. However, I will try to help you to the best of my knowledge. Ferritin is the storage form of iron. Serum iron is high, as you are on iron supplements. The body will take longer period of time, usuall...  Read Full »

What does my blood report show?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 43 years old. I feel weak, body pain and headache during menstrual cycle. Also feeling like depression. My height is 5 feet 2 inches and my weight is 74 kg. I have attached my recent blood test report. Please let me know the findings from the blood report. Thank you.  Read Full »


Dr. Naresh Kumar Monigari

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Let me help you to deal with your problems. The complaints you said of weakness and body pains are general and not related to any specific entity. They are suggestive of low general health condition and will show improvement with medications. Your BMI - body mass index...  Read Full »

Is it safe to fly when you keep passing out a lot?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from dizziness. I was getting lightheaded and close to fainting. Lately, I have been passing out a lot. I have an early morning flight tomorrow. Is it safe to fly? Is there a possibility of me fainting on the plane? My current medication includes Prozac, Trazodone and Gabap...  Read Full »


Dr. Vandana Andrews

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. As you complaint of frequent passing out, I will advise you to see a doctor to examine you and find the cause behind it. However, the most common cause of frequent pass out can be orthostatic hypotension. It means that when you get up fast there is not enough blood supp...  Read Full »

Why is my mother's Hb low even after taking Orofer XT?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother's iron levels are low. Four months back too we had done her blood tests and got to know that her iron levels are low. She had Orofer XT for two months, but still they seem to be low. Also, she had a urinary infection a week back and took a course of antibiotics for that. I ha...  Read Full »


Dr. Prakash H Muddegowda

Geriatrician, Hematologist, Pathologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Based on your query, my opinion is as follows: Her iron absorption seems to be less. Improvement with vitamin C supplements could be helpful. Iron absorption improves with vitamin C rich diet or citric acid rich fruits. She need to avoid diet factors which are ...  Read Full »

How to get rid of severe heartburn from Ecosprin intake?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother is 47 years old. Firstly, I want to tell you that (at present) my mother has a uterus tumor and kidney calculus. Last year her triglyceride was 402, cholesterol was 260, ECG was normal and TMT was showing negative. But the doctor said that she has a minor blockage that the mach...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Cardiologist, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I want to see the lipid profile, ECG (electrocardiogram), TMT (treadmill stress test) and echocardiography report of your mother to guide you better but still, I recommend you the following: Your mother is taking a high dose of Aspirin i.e. 150 mg (a component of Ec...  Read Full »

Why is my 65-year-old mother's hemoglobin level low?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother is 65 years old. She got tested for hemoglobin and fasting blood sugar. The results are 5.20 g/dL and 123 mg/dL respectively. The hemoglobin level is alarming. Three years ago, she had same hemoglobin level. She was admitted for a week and two units of blood were transfused. Wh...  Read Full »


Dr. Deepak Patel

Child Health Specialist, Paediatrician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concerns. Hemoglobin level is very low for her age and I think that you should get your mother admitted in hospital for blood transfusion. We have to look for the cause for decrease hemoglobin. At this age bleeding is mostly due to ova...  Read Full »

Can constipation be caused by iron tablets?

Query: Hi doctor, My wife who is 40 years old has hemoglobin level of 8. Which iron or other supplement should she take immediately? She regularly feels quite tired. She had the same issues during her college days too. Also, can iron tablets cause constipation? If yes, kindly suggest remedial measures. Pl...  Read Full »


Dr. Dattaprasad Balasaheb Inamdar

Infertility Specialist, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If she is having chronic anemia then one advice would be to make sure that it is due to iron deficiency anemia indeed and not due to other deficiency or thalassemia minor. If hemogram was done, red blood cell distribution width RDW of ≥15% and picture of micro...  Read Full »

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