Low Iron

Low iron in the body causes iron deficiency anemia. It occurs due to deficient iron stores in the body. It often occurs due to diet deficiency with iron, chronic blood loss, pregnancy, and vigorous exercise. The symptoms are tiredness, pallor, fatigue, dizziness, and dry skin. Taking iron supplements helps in managing it.

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What should I do to correct iron and vitamin D deficiency?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is 8 years old, and we found out at the end of last month that she had low iron due to fainting episodes. She has been on a liquid iron supplement that she takes with a glass of orange juice, since the start of this month. However, her iron levels have continued to drop eve...  Read Full »


Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. According to the history provided, fatigue, sleepiness, low energy are the main complaints. Let me tell you that in the attached reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity), serum ferritin, serum iron, hemoglobin level, WBC (white blood cell) counts, and pl...  Read Full »

I have started exercising vigorously, and now my iron levels have dropped. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I went for general blood work, CBC, and iron levels and all was normal three months back. I did another blood test recently and now my iron levels have dropped. Nothing has changed except that I have started exercising very vigorously. On the day of the test, I completed an exercise in...  Read Full »


Dr. Yash Kathuria

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. I have gone through your reports (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). Your hemoglobin level is well maintained. But as your iron stores are decreasing that means either there is some nutritional d...  Read Full »

I am 47-year-old female suffering from sore throat, elevated WBC, and low iron level despite taking medications. Why so?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 47-year-old female and I was unwell last week. My WBC count was 22000 per microliter, and my urine and chest X-ray reports were clear. I had a sore throat and got treated with 2000 mg Penicillin a day for a week. Blood was taken a week later and WBC is still elevated. My iron le...  Read Full »


Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. Your total WBC count was high and you were having acute bacterial pharyngitis infection. The antibiotic has been prescribed and now you are improving, hence it shows the antibiotic is working. Your WBC count will ...  Read Full »

Can you please interpret my blood test report?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 31-year-old female. My blood test reports show some derangements. Kindly help. Thank you.  Read Full »


Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. I reviewed your report (attachment removed to protect the patient's privacy). The report shows that you are having low serum iron value and total iron binding capacity is increased. The hemglobin and hematocrit values are low. The periphe...  Read Full »

During heavy workouts my heart rate goes beyond 200. Is it normal?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 47-year-old female, 1.64 m and 67 kg. My heart rate is 52 beats a minute when I wake up in the morning. During the day, my resting heart rate is 75 to 82 beats/minute. When I do a 5 km (37 min) walk, it is 195 to 200, and during a high-intensity exercise, it will go as high as 20...  Read Full »


Dr. Vivek S Narayan Pillai

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The whole picture is of exercise intolerance, as you should not have a rate of 200 plus when you exercise. The main cause is anemia here. So, you have to rectify that before commencing any sort of exercise program. Also, the muscle soreness you experience is probabl...  Read Full »

I want to know about my overall health check up report. Please suggest.

Query: Hi doctor, I am 38 years old. I got my blood test done for an overall health checkup. I am attaching my reports. I can see my heart and cardiology reports are not good. Can you please tell me whether there is anything abnormal?  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.I have gone through your attachment (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your urine examination is normal. Your uric acid level is high, for that you are advised to take more vegetables and fruits and less meat (take low proteins in diet). Liver enzymes are hig...  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. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

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 »

I have muscle pain, tiredness, shortness of breath, mild vertigo, gastritis, and constipation. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,My recent blood tests show high homocysteine and low ferritin, vitamin B12, folate, methylmalonic acid, iron, TIBC, and transferrin saturation are normal. My symptoms are muscle pain, tiredness, shortness of breath, and mild vertigo. I have a history of gastritis and constipation. Can y...  Read Full »


Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. Low ferritin is suggestive of a decrease in iron storage. So for that, hemoglobin value also should be known. If hemoglobin is also low, then your symptoms can be due to iron deficiency anemia. I suggest taking iron ...  Read Full »

Kindly help me analyze the tests taken for hair fall.

Query: Hello doctor, I have undergone a few tests like CBC, ferritin, Vitamin D 25 OH, and thyroid function test for hair loss. Kindly help me analyze it.  Read Full »


Dr. Sunil Sekhri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and find that your hemoglobin and iron stores are slightly low as well as low Vitamin D3 levels. I would like you to write your symptoms again in detail and send me an HD picture of the...  Read Full »

Can I take iron injections to rebound my iron levels instead of iron supplements which irritate my stomach?

Query: Hello doctor,I have had low iron for quite a while. I also have polycythemia from testosterone supplementation, and at one point, my hematocrit got high enough that I was told to make bi-weekly blood donations. While the hematocrit has been controlled, my iron never rebounded, and I have struggled w...  Read Full »


Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. Your report (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) suggests polycythemia means high red blood cell count, hematocrit, and hemoglobin. Your ferritin level is a little low. If you take iron supplement...  Read Full »

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