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    Old 11-23-2003, 06:26 PM   #1
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    Question How is anemia diagnosed????

    Hello ~

    Could it be symptons that I've had for years? Rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, cold hands & exceptionally cold feet. Or is it slow and just progresses or is it instant changes? Recently, noticing tingling of my right arm, on & off. And pain in my lower back, right side. I had a CT scan of my pelvis and stomach, which showed nothing....Now, I'm waiting for urine & blood tests, to come back.

    I feel very confused & clueless....Any thoughts???? -Orn

     
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    Old 11-23-2003, 09:28 PM   #2
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    Re: How is anemia diagnosed????

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    Hello ~

    Could it be symptons that I've had for years? Rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, cold hands & exceptionally cold feet. Or is it slow and just progresses or is it instant changes? Recently, noticing tingling of my right arm, on & off. And pain in my lower back, right side. I had a CT scan of my pelvis and stomach, which showed nothing....Now, I'm waiting for urine & blood tests, to come back.

    I feel very confused & clueless....Any thoughts???? -Orn
    Your symptoms definitely could be anemia related, and the tingling is making me wonder if possibly you have an anemia secondary to a vitamin b12 deficiency.

    Anemia is diagnosed by taking blood and then looking at your hemoglobin level. If I remember correctly, you have anemia if you have a drop of 10% in your hemoglobin below the normal range. Most men have a hemoglobin from about 125-170 (different labs will have slightly different numbers), and women are about 115-150. So if you have a Hemoglobin of 100, you're anemic.

    Usually anemia is not an instant thing...it's a process that grumbles over time, and it eventually gets noticed when a person starts having symptoms. The only time anemia is really instant is when it happens from bleeding.

     
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    Re: How is anemia diagnosed????

    Dear Pro -

    Thank-you for your response. I'm still waiting for the blood test results, hopefully tomorrow, I'll know something. Is anemia is condition within itself or is a sympton of another illness? I can't understand why, coldness/rapid heat rate symptons for years and then the tingling out of no where. I also, checked my multi-vitamins this am, and noticed it has both iron & vitamin b, it says 100% of daily allowance. But, I think the allowances differ from vitamin to vitamin label. I'll let you know what I find out form the tests. Once again, I appreciate the information. -Orn

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    Dear Pro -

    Thank-you for your response. I'm still waiting for the blood test results, hopefully tomorrow, I'll know something. Is anemia is condition within itself or is a sympton of another illness? I can't understand why, coldness/rapid heat rate symptons for years and then the tingling out of no where. I also, checked my multi-vitamins this am, and noticed it has both iron & vitamin b, it says 100% of daily allowance. But, I think the allowances differ from vitamin to vitamin label. I'll let you know what I find out form the tests. Once again, I appreciate the information. -Orn
    Usually, anemia is a result of another condition which either lowers the production, increases the destruction, or increases the sequestration of red blood cells.

    Your feeling cold and rapid heart rate do fall in line with anemia. You can think of it as, you have enough blood in your body, but the blood doesn't have enough red blood cells in it to hold the oxygen your body needs to function. In that regard, you heart actually has to do more work to pump around blood--this results in things like rapid heart rate. It can also make you feel fatigued, weak, cold etc. etc. The tingling makes me think, like I said earlier, that it you might have a low vitamin b12 level, because this will give you both tingling as well as anemia.

    The thing is, IF you do have a low vitamin B12 level, correcting it with oral vitamin b12 probably won't help. The reason you probably have a low level in the first place is because you're having trouble absorbing it for some reason. There's a beautiful test that can be done, called the schilling's test, but doctors tend to not do it anymore...anyway, this test can determine if you're having trouble absorbing B12. Anyway, the mainstay of treatment is to get vitamin b12 shots every few months (if that is in fact what your problem is)

    PS I should add that your folate level might also be low! Vit B12 and folate often go together.

     
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