Husband is not retaining iron levels in his blood - resulting in severe anaemia. He has had an 'infusion', but that only seems to last for about 2 months. Tests reveal no internal bleeding, no stomach bugs (helibactor) - any ideas what else it could be and what can we do to alleviate the symptoms? Thanks.
Anemia is a condition in which the body does not have enough healthy red blood cells. Red blood cells provide oxygen to body tissues.
Possible symptoms include: Chest pain, Dizziness or light-headedness (especially when standing up or with exertion) ; Fatigue or lack of energy ; Headaches ; Problems concentrating ; Shortness of breath (especially during exercise)
Diagnosis of anemia can be done by a physical examination as well as by lab tests.
Blood tests used to diagnose some common types of anemia may include:
1. Blood levels of vitamin B12, folic acid, and other vitamins and minerals
2. Bone marrow examination
3. Red blood count and hemoglobin level
4. Reticulocyte count
5. Ferritin level & Iron levels.
Other tests may be done to identify medical problems that can cause anemia.
Treatment : Treatment should be directed at the cause of the anemia, and may include:
1. Blood transfusions
2. Corticosteroids or other medicines that suppress the immune system
3. Erythropoietin, a medicine that helps your bone marrow make more blood cells
4. Supplements of iron, vitamin B12, folic acid, or other vitamins and minerals
Blood transfusion might be needed if you have very severe symptoms and your Hemoglobin is less than 9 grams / Dl.
B12 and folic acid supplementation may help in case you have megaloblastic anemia.
You might consult your doctor or a hematologist for proper diagnosis and treatment of your condition.
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