Thursday, August 11, 2011
Iron deficiency...often not diagnosed! Anemia may prove life threatening!
Over the past year, I suffered from a host of physical ailments which caused quite a bit of pain and suffering.
In addition, my mobility was crippled, and - as a result - I ended up suffering a lot of depression in my life.
In a desperate effort to find a cure for my ills, I followed the advice of a handful of so-called "medical experts" and agreed to undergo a battery of tests, procedures, and what-have-you.
But, in spite of the fact I was carefully poked and prodded and probed (at astronomical costs!) there was no cigar in sight!
Until I stumbled across a doctor one day - who discerned from a read-out of a blood count - that I was iron deficient, go figure!
In a nutshell?
I was suffering from anemia and its potentially life-threatening effects.
For starters, iron is important because it helps supply oxygen throughout the human body.
In addition, iron is used to make hemoglobin, which plays a vital role in respect to the red blood cells. For example, if the body does not have enough iron, it makes fewer and smaller red blood cells.
If that occurs, then there is less hemoglobin in the system, which summarily prevents the body from getting enough oxygen that it needs daily.
Women may develop the medical condition due to heavy menstrual bleeding.
An anemic condition may also be triggered due to bleeding inside the body. This bleeding may be caused by problems such as ulcers, hemorrhoids, or cancers.
Bleeding may also be caused by regular aspirin use.
Bleeding inside the body is the most common cause of iron deficiency anemia in men (and in women after menopause).
On occasion, the body may not be able to absorb iron well in the body, as well.
Celiac disease may be the cause.
If a patient has had a part of their stomach or intestine removed, problems with iron absorption may also develop too.
You may not notice the symptoms of anemia because it develops slowly and the symptoms may be mild at first.
In fact, an individual may not notice things are "out-of-whack" until the anemia gets worse.
Symptoms include the following:
* A feeling of weakness or tiredness
* A feeling of dizziness
* Pale complexion
* Shortness of breath.
* Problems with concentration
Babies and small children who have anemia may:
* Be fussy
* Have a short attention span
* Grow more slowly that normal
* Develop skills such as walking and talking later than normal
According to my sources, anemia in children must be treated as quickly as possible so that mental and behavior problems do not last long.
How is iron deficiency anemia diagnosed?
If you think you have anemia, see your doctor. He will probably conduct a physical exam and ask you questions about your medical history and your symptoms. Blood tests may also be taken. The tests may include a complete blood count to look at your red blood cells and an iron test that shows how much iron is in your blood.
How is anemia (iron deficiency) treated?
Your doctor will probably have you take iron supplement pills to treat your anemia. Most people begin to feel better after a few days of taking iron pills. But those who suffer from anemia should not stop taking the pills even if they better. The patient may have to keep taking the pills for several months to build up iron in the body.
Stay healthy, eh?