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ok so my bf's mom is really sick...her hands and legs are really numb (she can barely walk) and she has been out of breath and very tired all the time. she has lost her appitite and threw up 2 or more times. she went to the doc. and they said it may be anemia and she needs a blood transfusion. she seems like shes doing really bad and shes about to pass out at any moment. does anybody here have anemia..or something like this?? or kno anyone w/ anemia? is this really anemia...or something else?

I know someone who had really bad anemia and a blood transfusion worked like a miracle. It would be good for your mom to do this as soon as possible because anemia can damage her organs. Make sure that the doctors look for what the cause of the anemia is and try to fix it.
Good luck!  (+ info)


Im 14 years old and im almost 15 and I weigh 140 and im 5 feet tall. I am "big" and I also have anemia. What diet can I follow that is healthy for my anemia and good for fat loss. Please dont tell me to go to go to the doctor. Thanks I appreciate all your answers!

I'm pretty sure if you ate alot of foods off the list below your iron would come into check and you would lose weight too :)

List of Grains Rich in Iron: Iron (mg.)
Brown rice, 1 cup cooked 0.8
Whole wheat bread, 1 slice 0.9
Wheat germ, 2 tablespoons 1.1
English Muffin, 1 plain 1.4
Oatmeal, 1 cup cooked 1.6
Total cereal, 1 ounce 18.0
Cream of Wheat, 1 cup 10.0
Pita, whole wheat, 1 slice/piece, 6 ½ inch 1.9
Spaghetti, enriched, 1 cup, cooked 2.0
Raisin bran cereal, 1 cup 6.3

List of Iron Rich Legumes, Seeds, and Soy:
Sunflower seeds, 1 ounce 1.4
Soy milk, 1 cup 1.4
Kidney beans, ½ cup canned 1.6
Chickpeas, ½ cup, canned 1.6
Tofu, firm, ½ cup 1.8
Soy burger, 1 average 1.8 to 3.9*

List of Vegetables Rich in Iron:
Broccoli, ½ cup, boiled 0.7
Green beans, ½ cup, boiled 0.8
Lima beans, baby, frozen, ½ cup, boiled 1.8
Beets, 1 cup 1.8
Peas, ½ cup frozen, boiled 1.3
Potato, fresh baked, cooked w/skin on 4.0
Vegetables, green leafy, ½ cup 2.0
Watermelon, 6 inch x ½ inch slice 3.0

A Sample List of Foods Rich in Iron:

Blackstrap Molasses, one tablespoon 3.0
Dates or Prunes, ½ cup 2.4
Beef, Pork, Lamb, three ounces 2.3 to 3.0
Liver (beef, chicken), three ounces 8.0 to 25.0
Clams, Oysters ¾ cup 3.0
Dark meat Turkey ¾ cup 2.6
Pizza, cheese or pepperoni, ½ of 10 inch pie 4.5 to 5.5

* Varies with brand. Check the iron content on the label.
** Pregnant women should not eat liver because of its very high Vitamin
A content. Large amounts of Vitamin A can be harmful to the baby.  (+ info)


i get dizzy alot.
i'm a vegetarian.
i eat paper alot.( i heard anemics have an appetite for non-edible things)
my heart beats faster than normal.
i'm really pale.
my hands and feet are always cold.
i shake alot.
under my tongue it's white( according to my father)
my nails are white.
i'm not usually active.
my bruises get BAD and stay for a while.
i'm 14 years old.
i do eat seafood..

my dad said i may be going towards anemia..
what should i do.

There are different types of Anemia but that's beside the point.

You are clearly concerned about proper nutrition so you should see your doctor and they may do some tests. Humans are natural carnivores and we have human canine teeth to prove it. Useful for eating meat but I wont gross you out.

The highest amounts of protein, which our bodies badly need, are found in meat or poultry - beef and chicken for example. It's possible to live your life as a vegetarian and be healthy but you have to actively monitor your diet and not just avoid meat.

Part of this sounds like your dad is trying to get you to eat better using a scare tactic. Even if he isn't, you really need to make sure that if you want to be a vegetarian that you ensure your body is getting all the vitamins and minerals it needs.  (+ info)

How serious is anemia for the pregnant woman and the child?

We just got back the 26-week blood-work for my wife and they said she has a mild case of anemia, and told her to start taking an over-the-counter drug 2 times a day.

How serious is this? What are the possible consequences of having anemia?

Also, what can we do, besides taking the medicine, to further prevent this?


It is very common in women when pregnant--and when menstruating... it can make your wife very tired and lethargic, and when anemia is severe, it can result in less oxygen being pumped through your body. I have had mild anemia throughout my pregnancy as well. It's not anything too shocking--pretty normal. She should be taking some kind of iron supplement--and there should also be iron in her prenatal vitamin. Some non-medicinal ways to prevent anemia are to eat a lot of veggies that are high in iron, and red meat. I take a natural iron tincture (I got it from herblore.com) as recommended by my midwife--it is a naturally derived iron supplement that is easier for your body to use than synthetic iron supplements. Good luck, I'm sure everything will be fine :)  (+ info)

What is the best way to treat anemia and polycystic ovarian syndrome?

I have pcos and anemia and have been on birth control for years. I took my doc.'s advice and have lost about 55lbs I totally cut out fast & junk food and my goal is to loose 50 more lbs. Is weight loss a cure for this disease? Are there different types of anemia?

I have PCOS too. For the anemia, my doc had me taking prenatal vitamins because there is iron in them. I don't think there is a cure for PCOS, we're just stuck with it!! :) Good job on losing the weight. I've only lost 15, but am looking to lose about 20 more.  (+ info)

What could cause easy bruising besides anemia?

I bruise easily without any explanation. I do not bump into things, they just appear at random times and sometimes in strange places that I know could not have bumped into something. I have had blood work done to test for anemia, but I'm not anemic. Looking for other explanations.

Hemophilia, low platelet count, factor deficiencies. Have your physician do a coagulation wkup with PTT, APTT & Factors. Also these OTC medicines Advil, Motrin, ibuprophen (NSAIDS), aspirin, fish oils, ginger, garlic,all thin out your blood. Also excessive exposure to the sun can thin your skin.  (+ info)

What are some ways to treat anemia after giving birth to a baby?

I have heard the iron tablets can deplete a bodies ability to absorb iron over time. So what are some other natural ways to treat/cure anemia (as a result of giving birth to a baby)?
Where can I buy liquid chlorophyll? Is it available at Walmart or do I need to visit the health food store? I have one nearby but if it is something I can buy some where else for less I would like to know.

The best way to raise iron levels is to drink two tablespoons of liquid chlorophyll a day. You can buy it at any health food store and it doesn't cost much. I was seeing a midwife and was so anemic she said if I was at the hospital they would of given me a blood transfusion. They gave me a chance to fix it over a week. All I did was drink the chlorophyll and tried to eat more iron in my foods. I got my iron levels up so high so fast they were really impressed. Hope that helps and good luck!  (+ info)

What is the symptom and treatment of Anemia causes by iron deficiency or viral infection?

What is the treatment of Anemia causes by viral infection? Is the infection can still exist even after taken Antibiotic?
Please also let me know about the symptoms to detect whether it has caused by iron deficiency or viral infection.

idk,,,,,,consult doc......tc  (+ info)

How do I tell the difference bwtn anemia and thyroid problems?

I never had anemia till I had my first child, that was 5 years ago. I've been dealing with it ever since and every child I've had after him it has gotten a little worse. I'm thinking its a nutritional defincientcy that my children took and I never replaced it somehow. I want this taken care of and cured. But some friends of mine said that I might have thyroid problems and to get it checked. What is the difference btwn the two and how can I tell? I'm not sure what to do. If anyone has experienced this or knows what to do please help, I have to chase after three children and need my energy. lol I would love to go to a naturopath but just don't have the money to do it.

You need to get a blood test to determine what you have. There's no sense messing around trying to figure it out on your own. It's great that you've investigated it to a point, but once you realize you will need treatment regardless of which condition you have, you're only delaying it by looking here. Call your doctor and make the appointment. The sooner you get it done the sooner you will be treated and you'll be back to your old self.  (+ info)

What is Anemia and Pneumonia and the side effects of both?

i've been getting really irregular menstruation cycles (too often) and my doctor said that if i lose too much blood i can get (anemia or pneumonia or amonia.) I didnt hear what she said correctly because of her accent and i didnt ask what the side effects are. I figured ammonia is a chemical so that cant be right.
by the way i'm not overweight at all my parents are always nagging me to gain weight but i can't.
so the first answer is completely irrelevant.

Description of Anemia
Anemia occurs when blood does not have enough red blood cells or when the blood does not have enough hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the oxygen-carrying pigment found in red blood cells. Anemia can be life-threatening.

Although there are over 400 different forms of anemia, this health profile will only address the three most common: iron-deficiency anemia, vitamin B12 anemia and folic acid deficiency.

Anemias can also be caused by such conditions as external bleeding, chronic disease, pregnancy, alcoholism, bleeding disorders, infection and hereditary conditions.

Description of Pneumonia

Pneumonia is a lung infection that can be caused by many different germs, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

This article discusses describes pneumonia that occurs in a person whose ability to fight infection is greatly reduced because their immune system is weakened and not working properly. Such disease is referred to as "pneumonia in an immunocompromised host."  (+ info)

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