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after the blood transfusions I still feel extremely weak.

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I was just diagnosed with AVMs in my lower intestines. I presented with lower abdominal pain, blood in stool and iron deficiency anemia with a RBC of 7. I was given 2 units of blood on three different hospital admissions in 2 months. Two of the upper GI ATVs were cauterized during an endoscopy. Apparently mine are inoperable and I will have to go for weekly transfusions. I also have Lupus and taking prednisone. I don't know if either could have been a contributor. Also, my blood pressure is high even on medication.

Even with pain around a constant 7. Is this how my life will always be with this condition and can I do anything to get even some of my stamina back?

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replied February 25th, 2011
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Hello, and thanks for your medical question on E Health Forum.

Usually AVMs causing bleeding in the intestines are painless. Correction of the Anemia by blood transfusions will help to reduce the weakness and fatigue that you might be having.

The pain that you have might be due to coexisting medical conditions associated with the spine and immune disorders like lupus.

You might consider to seek opinion from a physiotherapist and a pain clinic for proper management of your pain issues.

I hope you find the information here helpful.

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