Originally Posted by PA1980
My father just got blood work back from his doctor and his doctor thinks he might have Anemia. This would not be due to iron deficiency etc...all other tests were positive, and the doctor did not seem too concerned. He is going back for another round of blood tests tomorrow. If he does have Anemia, can some people please let me know what he will have to go through? It is not hereditary...so through a little research, it sounds like it might be acquired, or an infection. He is very tired after short movements, out of breath and lightheaded. Any comments would be appreciated. Thank you
Well I would say your father is either having blood loss from somewhere; ulcers, hemmrhoids, maybe even absorption issues due to diseases such as Celiac's which can happen at anytime during life or it could be something as simple as nutritional. Either or is very treatable.
The treatment will very much depend on the Dr. and how bad off your father is as far as hemoglobin, hematocrit, ferritin, and iron serum. What your father can handle etc etc. I would suspect your father will maybe be put on a dose of iron orally or maybe have iron infusions in his future. If he's not to bad off they may just have him alter his diet to include more iron. Then again if his hemoglobin is below a 7 he may even need a few pints of blood. It really just depends on the Dr. and his numbers. I would say if the Dr. sent him home and didn't give him anything then he is probably not to horribley off.
The way he is feeling is very normal for someone suffering with anemia. I'm 34 and at times can't even walk up the stairs. Anemia just leaves you feeling very crummy and very tired overall and the sooner he gets treated the better off he will be.