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    Old 11-17-2012, 03:46 PM   #1
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    Hi! I was wondering what the symptoms of anemia were? An acquaintance of mine recently asked me if I suffered from anemia. When I asked her what's made her think that she said nevermind. So, I was wondering what are the symptoms of anemia? Can you tell by just looking at someone?

     
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    Re: Symptoms of Anemia

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    Hi! I was wondering what the symptoms of anemia were? An acquaintance of mine recently asked me if I suffered from anemia. When I asked her what's made her think that she said nevermind. So, I was wondering what are the symptoms of anemia? Can you tell by just looking at someone?
    Anemia symptoms include:

    Weakness, easily fatigued, shortness of breath, headache, can't concentrate, dizzy, pale skin, leg cramps, insomnia, Picas (craving non food items, ice is a popular choice), tingling of skin, loss of sensation when you touch, clumsiness, hallucinations, paranoia, panic, anxiety, depression, stomach pain, loss of appetite. There are a lot and some don't even have symptoms.

    The best way to tell if you have anemia is with a blood test, no diagnosis can be made by just looking at someone. If you notice you are looking paler, pull down your eyelid and see no red inside, no red in your nail beds those are some indicators but you can't diagnose just by looking at someone. You need a blood test.

     
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    Old 11-22-2012, 06:25 PM   #3
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    Re: Symptoms of Anemia

    Someone I know who is a nurse thought I was anemic just from looking at me, and it turns out she was right. Like the above poster said, pull down your lower eyelid, and also you can look at your gums. If they look pale pink instead of red, this is a sign of anemia, but you can't know for sure without having blood tested.

    The initial symptoms are really vague and hard to decide if they are from low iron, because alot of things can cause fatigue and low energy. For me I think my biggest clue was that I could not walk as fast as others because the muscles in my legs ached. Also I couldn't go up a flight of stares without being out of breath when I got to the top. People could notice how weak you are if you get out of breath from doing simple things like that.

     
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