How can we help my wife improve her hemoglobin and can low hemoglogin be a cause of a heart attack?
My wife is 47 years old. She is sufferinfg from acute low hemoglobin (6.4). She has lost her trust in doctors and does not want to visit a doctor. She is also a bit desperate and always thinks of her previous hard and uncomfortable life. She has hatred for some people and relatives and does not like to mix with them. She does not like to to asked any question and any suggestions from others. She has minor sugar attacks and nowadays she is feeling chest congestion and heart palpitations during sleep and when awakening. She is getting weak day by day. She also sufferes from constipation much of time and is afraid of more constipation if she gets medicine. She feels cold and headachey all the time. At times she is very nice and caring and suddenly some thging comes in her mind from her past life and gets annoyed and starts repeating the old days, terrible life period. She believes that she has not been given what she deserved. She is also not satisfied with the behaviour of me and our sons. At time she is very nice and suddenly something irritates her and she starts weeping by narrating her past life. How can we help her improve her hemoglobin and can low hemoglogin be a cause of a heart attack?
This is a very tough problem. There are a couple of issues going on here that I will address.
1) Low Hemoglobin: A hemoglobin of 6.4 is critically low and needs to be addressed immediately. Your wife feels bad because she is severely anemic (she doesn't have enough blood)- this is why she is tired, cold, and has headaches. With a hemoglobin this low, we would usually do a blood transfusion, as your wife is in danger of dying, She could have a heart attack from the lack of blood. She needs to be hospitalized to find out why she is so anemic and to get the care that she needs.
2) Mood swings: Your wife really sounds like she is have some severe mood swings, which may be a sign of mental illness. She really needs to talk to a psychiatrist, as she may be suffering from a post traumatic stress disorder or severe depression.
Basically, your wife has several issues going on that need immediate attention. I think that you should take her to the hospital to get the help that she needs. I know that she is distrustful, but she is in danger of dying if she does not get help.
Yes, your wife needs to be in a hospital to find out why her hemoglobin is dangerously low. One thing that could be causing this, is kidney failure, it is what took my mother's life but no one found out in time. It could also be some kind of GI bleed but you won't know til your wife is in a hospital to be tested. Also, with your wife's age, she could be experiencing hormonal changes which need to be tested. I am so sorry that you and your son are having to deal with all these unknowns. Please get your wife some help and tell her that you love her and need her. My thoughts are with all of you.
This is information is very help I am a teen who has discovered that I have a very low Hemoglobin level my doctor has suggested that I take iron supplements. I have not spoken to my doctor however she has perscribed an iron supplement. I was suprised that many people are feeling the way I do. I do have mood swings, and I do become very tired after school. But I thought that was normal. At first I thought it was because some times I would forget to take my one aday vitamins. I would notice how sleepy I would get. I also noticed how I would be constipated and would have a feeing like I could not breathe. However this feeling in my heart was only tempoary.but the constipation is persisitent. I have not started the iron supplement just yet
Oh my goodness. She MUST get to a hospital. Why would her doctors allow her to leave with a level of 6.4??????
I came across this looking up low hemoglobin. I recently had a blood transfusion (my hemoglobin reached 6.2). I had passed out, having flu like symtoms - was in the hospital at the time it was lowest and I don't even remember signing a waiver to get a blood transfusion. Eventually found out I had contracted an infectious strain of C. Diff - it's terrible and don't wish it on anyone. If you're wife is constipated it's safe to say that C. Diff is not her concern, but she is NOT getting enough oxygen to function.
The low hemoglobin would also explain mood swings. She likely has a hard time standing, carry things, focusing, or just living her life. She may be skeptical about doctors and there could be a reason she feels that way. However, if she is not able to find the source of the issue and her levels drop even lower, she WILL end up in the emergency room at some point - best case scenario. She's already in a critical state. When a person has low hemoglobin, your sense of judgement disappears - it's like being drunk. (DO NOT LET HER DRIVE!!!!). They released me from the hospital after 5 days b/c they didn't find out what was wrong in my scenario....my hemoglobin was at 8 something when I left and I got a speeding ticket on a street drove every day. I didn't even know where I was.
I'd offer a suggestion of letting her know that you care and want to do whatever you can to help see that she is healthy - immediately. Set up an appointment, fill out any forms ahead of time and bring her there. Take the weight off of her shoulders - she probably can't even deal with filling out paperwork b/c it seems too exhausting.
This is coming from a 31 yr old female who ran marathons until a few months ago ( I'll be able to do them again even by fall after being on the medications to heal :)). Experiencing what it's like to only have half of your oxygen supply, I understand that she is only half alive right now. I hope to see a post that that everything works itself out! :)
My hemoglobin dropped to 5. My doctors would'nt even wait for my blood type. The started type O and I had 4 units of blood to get it back up to 7..8.
My sister was 47, her blood had dropped to a 5, many of the same symptoms your wife has. Extremely tired, having to fight to stay awake at work, She was diag. with phemonia, but after 3 months of taking antibiotics, going to doctors to see if she had verdigo, a flutter in her ears, digestive issues, rash on her neck, eyebrows fell out, she became jaundice, that's when her blood was finally tested and she was at a 5. She also had a warm antibody in her blood. She had to wait over a week for the blood transfusion hard to match with the antibody. We were exposed to black mold. My sister did not make it, she died at home. Look around your homes, make sure you read up on toxic mold, they present many of the same symptoms. My sister might still be here if she had gotten proper help from the start and if we had educated ourselves more. Please get your wife the transfusion and we wish you the best.
Ok all this is very helpful...and scary. I just moved to Englewod Fl and have no clue what type of Docter to see to get my low humoglobins retested and treated. I was told to get treatment asap but from who?
Loosing my mind: Most any doctor can order the blood test so what is important is to get the test done as soon as possible. Once you get the results you can then ask the doctor who ordered the test if you need to see a specialist. It really depends on the cause of the low count. Here is a list of causes: Diseases and conditions that cause your body to produce fewer red blood cells than normal include:
Aplastic anemia Cancer Certain medications, such as anti-retroviral drugs for HIV infection and chemotherapy drugs for cancer and other conditions Cirrhosis Hodgkin's lymphoma (Hodgkin's disease) Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) Iron deficiency anemia Kidney disease Lead poisoning Leukemia Multiple myeloma Myelodysplastic syndromes Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma Vitamin deficiency anemia
Diseases and conditions that cause your body to destroy red blood cells faster than they can be made:
Enlarged spleen (splenomegaly) Porphyria Sickle cell anemia Thalassemia Vasculitis
A low hemoglobin count can also be due to blood loss, which can occur because of:
Bleeding from a wound Bleeding in your digestive or urinary tract Frequent blood donation Heavy menstrual periods Nosebleeds
So you can see, there are many causes and each one would need to be ruled out to find the true cause and then find what treatment is needed. I hope you can get the proper diagnosis and treatment. God bless.
She needs to be in the hospital. With her levels being that low, she will stop producing blood. I'm 15, I'm severely anemic and I got sent to the hospital with a hemaglobin of 8.2 and it dropped to a 5 in a matter of 3 days. I had to get a blood transfusion, two actually. I was feeling fine until I got admitted in the hospital. I always had bad headaches and was tired but I thought that was normal for me but I found out it wasnt. As my levels kept dropping, I got weaker. I could barely walk at all, I was super dizzy, super weak. I literally felt like I was dying and technically I kind of was. I seriously suggest you taking her to the hospital before it gets that bad.
I am 41 years old and have all the symptoms you mentioned your wife has. I have been as low as 3.2 in my hemoglobin count and needed a transfusion, actually I have had 4 transfusions since 2003 til now. I was recently diagnosed with hypothyroid (sometimes people with thyroid have been wrongly diagnosed with depression due to almost same symptoms) and I am not able to take iron by mouth. I get very nauseous but thank God there is IV iron therapy for me. I get it every month since my bone marrow does not produce iron. Other than that, I am ok. I know what I have is nothing major even thou it sound like it. She will be ok with the right diagnose. I thought it was my husband writing this article when i was riding it. lol
Have your wife read "Could it be B12" - because a lot of this can stem from low B12. It helped me in SO many maladies, I was just amazed. The "establishment" cares not that you learn about B12.
Please check her B12 for mood swings. My father had the same issue. Couple of B12 injections recovered it. Drink plenty of water and eat green vegetables to increase blood.
Back before I loss my leg. My blood level went WAY down. I mean I was at the level where, I should had all ready been dead. When, I got rushed into the ER- I was whiter than a bleached sheet and my lips were very purple. I mean- (I had no clue I looked this way; Not until the doctor had something) anyhow- the doctor said "I know what is wrong with her. And I do not even know how she is here right now; or at that matter even talking and making any scene" They got the levels back on my blood and it was believe it or not a 4.9 and I had to have 7 units given back to me. I was there for a day and half having blood put back into my body...
I will tell you this- you NEVER want to feel that type of pain. It hurts. I mean I really hurts. It feels just like death is sitting at the door step. It makes it where you are not able to move- and if you do; you're holding your chest, because it hurts so much, just to roll over. Just to even breath at that matter. So, you get her in. I mean NOW- this is a painful way to go and you do not want too lose her...
Why, I got so bad, was due to my doctor leaving my leg wide open for over a year and half. He, would keep telling me to come back next week- and it kept on and on. I mean it was even open to the bone; and he thought it would heal? How, dumb could he even be?
So, I loss the leg and had that removed; two days after having all that blood put in back in me... Also, once your wife has blood given back to her; she, will also have to be checked a few times- in case she needs some more. I ended up getting more; two times after I had mine done... Thank you, for sharing and I also hope this was helpful. I also want anybody else to know- if this is going on with you. GO IN- it is not way to die and no way to feel- it is painful and it is beyond hell.
My teenage daughter had hemoglobin of 3 last year and she needed to get 2 blood transfusions. I hope you have taken your wife to a doctor so she could get iron supplements. Best of luck to you and your family. My daughter could barely walk 2 steps up the stairs, anemia can be quite serious. She was very pale, her eyes white, her lips blue, her nails cracked. She could barely eat food. However it is very treatable so do not worry. Make sure your wife eats iron rich food like red meats and prunes and spinach.
My husband is in the hospital now for low hemoglobin. It went from 8 to 6.5 to 6 in 2 days. He had internal bleeding and we didn't even know it. The Dr said he needed a transfusion or else there is risk for heart attack, stroke and other things.
Last year in April my hemoglobin was 1.6. No that is not a typo. 1.6 was my low. I was originally admitted with ITP (platelet count was 2k) for which I received IVIG treatments for 8 days. Came back 2 days after being released for migraine and I was jaundice. I am the 3rd person to ever have that kind of reaction to IVIG. That started my 3 month stay in ICU. I developed hemolytic anemia. All of my organs started failing and my hemoglobin kept dropping. They could not figure out how I was surviving. In total I had 74 blood transfusions and 68 platelet transfusions. The night it dropped so low is when they told my family to come say goodbye. I would not be alive today if it weren't for the ICU nurses squeezing the blood into me from my IV because for them it wasn't moving fast enough and for my doctor who would not give up despite everyone telling her there was nothing they could do.
I just want to thank you for this thread. My level dropped to 5.3 in 2001(ulcer) and I was immediately admitted to the hospital for tests and transfusion. It's now 2013 and I'm at 7.2 and my new doc is worried. (Haven't seen a doc since just after last episode.) I'm 5'3", 116 pound, 51, female. Have to have more blood work and see a specialist for endoscopy and colonoscopy. I'm working 12 hour shifts and skid about 3 tons of cartons per day. Exhausted and in pain, you betcha, but I figured if I could do all that no way I could be anemic. Wrong.
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I am a 38 year old female who was just hospitalized for a hemoglobin off 4.5! thank God I work at the hospital where I live and that's where I passed out... with 3 units of blood given Im doing well now, but could have easily went into cardiac arrest and died. please get ur wife to a hospital and have her seen immediately it can save her life. sincerely concerned.
I'm no expert but, my hemoglobin got low, finally down to 5.3, I had to have an IV every Friday afternoon with medicines to get it up to normal, I was losing weight got down to 80 pounds, The doctors said I was dying and could not figure out why, so accused me of being anorexic. I finally found out I am Celiac. Celiac can cause a lot of health problems,some dangerous ones, physical and mental. I had heart palpitations , could not sleep, low blood sugar, would get angry easy when did not eat, It does not affect everyone the same, but it is a serious thing and a person can die from the things that can happen to them, if it is not under control.
I was hospitalized right before Christmas with a level of 4.8. The drs couldn't believe I walked in and looked as good as I did. Four transfusions later..a colonoscopy and a capsule endoscopy to rule out internal bleeding, and lots of bloodwork, they have diagnosed me with celiac disease. Read up on It and see if that's the symptoms your wife has. In the mean time get her to a hospital. God bless
i just got home from hospital..i had been feeling week, very unable to even walk a distance without having to sit down, and felt hard pulse in forhead..i had gone to doc as thought it was my heart..when blood tests came back week later (took a while for some reason) my doctor called me on the weekend and told me to go asap to er as my blood was dangerouls low..it was 8 on monday and when I got to er it ws 5. mine came from gi bleed of stomach ulcer. i got 6 pts of blood. my blood levels now are back up to 12.8 after week home..they said i could have died
This was me! I thought BINGO when she said constipation, I was bleeding when I went potty and it is embarrassing to address. If she is, she is constantly bleeding and losing her iron and hemoglobin,.I had to get iron for 5 hrs each week...but it just dropped again until I confessed the constipation caused the bleeding - I went to hemoroidal surgery and have been normal ever since. My mood has improved and Im not always cold and tired. No one considered this - not my drs or anyone until I talked to two surgeon friends and they were like oh yes, it's probably this - elderly people get it too.l They were right. I am 45 and could have dies with a hemoglobin of 6.
I went through this as well. I have been having very heavy menstrual bleeding for quite some time now, accompanied by very large clots and the clotting comes every 5- 10 minutes, sometimes sooner. I had been to doctors but never found a problem. So this time I didnt really want to go to a doctor as my husbands company had a huge lay off and laid off 55 people, him included so our health insurance went out the window. I started staying very tired and pale and just chalked all the bleeding up to stress exacerbating a rough period. I started getting short of breath during the simplest of tasks, well him and I had both just quit smoking so I thought maybe that's what that was about. I wrote all my symptoms off until one night the bleeding was just awful and I followed my old school mom's advice about soaking in the tub, When I got out I couldnt breath, I was seeing flashes of light and knew I was going to pass out, My husband took me to the ER. I told the lady at the check in desk that if she made me wait I would pass out, so they took me to triage and then straight back and put me on a heart monitor because my BP was 78/45 and my heart rate was 158. After blood work, my hemoglobin came back as 5.0. So they admitted me and gave me blood transfusions . I ended up over the next day or so getting 6 bags of blood. After the first 4 my count was at 6.5, and I was still losing more, so they came in the next day and gave me 2 more. They gave me IV premarin to stop the bleeding, which it didnt, but it significantly slowed it. checked my blood count again 4 hours later and it was finally at 8.6. So they decided to send me home with it at 8.6. The odd thing was this... I had 2 nurses come in and tell me that the doctor diagnosed me with Fibroid tumors and would be in to discuss my options tomorrow. Well the doctor I had been seeing while in there was off the next day so another doc who hadnt even looked at my films, discharged me and on my papers clearly stated "Normal uterus, no signs of Fibroids" Well anyway.. he sent me home, that was 13 days ago. The bleeding never stopped it got worse, and I'm starting to be able to hear my own heartbeat again in my head and having dizziness. I truly believe they could have done more, but because of my lack of insurance, they wouldnt
My friend recently had a very prolonged period (at least 4 weeks). She also had 2 swollen legs and heart palpitations that forced her to stop half blocks so she could stop and rest. Her EKG and BP came back fine when she saw the doctor, but when the blood results came back (about 10 hours later), her hemoglobin was an ASTONISHING 1.8!!!!!!!!!!!!! NO ONE believed she was still alive and alert!!!! We FORCED her to the hospital and after ONLY 3 pints of blood (and a hemoglobin of 6) she signed out of the hospital AGAINST MEDICAL ADVICE!!!!!!!!!!! She followed up with a blood specialist a few days later and he cleared her to take an 18 hour flight!!!!!!!!! I don't know if she is lying about that or if the doctor is giving really bad advice.
My hemoglobin fell to 4.1, I was told I was on the verge of cardiac arrest and all my major organs were shutting down. I had a blood transfusion 6 units of blood and was off work for 3 months. This happened 5 years ago, I have been virtually symptom free until recently when the same symptoms returned. I have been given an emergency appointment to see my consultant tomorrow.
I am 47 my iron count dropped so low the Dr said he didn't know how I was still alive.they didn't give me blood transfusions but gave me iron infusions..that is where they give you iron right into your vein through and IV.that solution worked for me but I will have to have them again at some point
I just had blood work done yesterday and my doctor called and said that I need to get to the ER because my hemoglobin level was a 6. I don't feel like going to the ER is really needed because I feel perfectly fine and don't suffer most of the symptoms many have discussed having at this low of a level. If I am at a 6 why do I not feel like some have said they felt worse when they were at a 8?
I dropped to 4.5, walked into the hospital & the nurses said I should have been unconscious. My heart was racing, I was kept in hospital for a week & given blood tranfusions - they felt like warm water going into my veins, I had been so cold.
I am very anemic and I use to be this same 6.4 but I see a hematology and now I receive I.V iron at the Cancer center and for 2 years now my hemoglobin has remained at least a 11 but now I'm sometimes tired and now I've started on B-12 shots and B-12 drops much better. Please take her and get this started asap.
I just now left the ER with a 6.2 hemoglobin level. Dr. did want to admit me to give me blood, but since I have a history of anemia, he agreed to release me with a script for iron. Now I am concerned that I was released after reading this page. I went to the ER for pain that felt like a severe UTI, turned out to be a kidney infection. High wbc and protein and blood in urine. They gave me IV antibiotics and a script for the iron, BactrimDS and Norco. My vitals were good, no apparent internal bleeding, should I be worried? I am a 44 yr old female. They did an EKG and it was ok.
As a 23 year old woman who suffers everyday from the symptoms of low hemoglobin (mood swings, tiredness, headaches, dizzy spells) id make sure she gets the help she needs. Ive been properly diagnosed with Anemia which I now know was subsequently brought on by Moderate to Severe Ulcerative Colitis (which I avoided and ignored the symptoms of for the last 2 years while the ulcers grew in size and doubled in numbers). I wouldn't wish this hell on anyone and urge anyone with the embarrassing symptoms I had to get it checked out asap. Mucus and blood in your stool. Farts sound louder and wetter than usual, you get the intense diarrhea stomach cramps unexpectedly and often.
I'm 42 and going through the same issues now, but I know the cause of my anemia . . . fibroids. My levels dropped below a 5 and I've been able to bring it up (though rather slowly) with an iron rich diet and iron infusions. I will be having my fibroid surgery in just a few weeks. Once that's done, my anemia issues will go away.
I am grateful to read this thread and God bless all of you who have gone through this. I got out of the hospital about 3 weeks ago after a 6 day stay and a 7 unit blood transfusion. I had been having shortness of breath for days, but still working etc. trying to tough through it(I'm also hypothyroid). I finally called an ambulance when I could barely walk straight without fainting...found out my hemoglobin was 1.7. I feel physically much better now after my transfusion but still have a lot of weird feelings about it. This might sound crazy but I think I left my body a few times, and I'm still trying to process things. Are there any support groups or forums for people to talk about these type of things?
I am 29yrs and I am suffering from anemia since I had stomach surgery at 14yrs. I take iron tablets but its not that efficient. I had all haematology test done and thalassemia too. Its only an iron deficiency anemia. My hb drops as bad as 5. then i have transfusion. but it affects me in my life and relationships. I have 2 children which I can't really give them all the attention the need as i get tired quickly. I get all kind infections often. I really feel bad sometimes. It cheers me to see that I am not alone in this situation and can hope for better. Can any1 advice me what I can do for a better life?
Has anyone asked how much milk she drinks? My 15 year old son was hospitalized with a 3.3 hemoglobin level and had 2 units of blood and 2 IV's of iron before it went up to a level if 7.4. The doctor's at Mpls Children's Hospital kept asking how much milk he would drink. He drank milk with every meal. Apparently milk is a poison and doesn't let the body absorb the nutrients from the food especially the iron to make the blood supply. I have also read that there is an ingredient in milk called Casein that is the same ingredient in glue. Not sure if this will help you but I didn't want to not pass it along.
Ok, So I posted on this thread back in the summer of last year. Since then alot has changed... For you out there that is constantly having these problems, PLEASE get to a doctor. After my second stay in the hospital ( ICU for 2 days) they again sent me home still hemorrhaging. The dr talked to me terrible because I didnt have insurance and told me there was nothing he could do in the hospital, I would have to come to his office to have tests because apparently the hospital couldnt run them ( Why?? no clue) So that was on a Thursday My hemoglobin was 8.9 when they sent me home. I called to make a follow up appt, they couldnt see me for 3 weeks. So over the weekend the bleeding got worse again and by Monday June 23, I was in a different hospital for hopes of better answers. Got scheduled for a surgery called an Oblation. While in surgery the doctor ended up just doing a D&C and closing me up to run some tests. That was on June 24, 2014. The next day I found out I had Uterine and Endometrial Cancer. CANCER?!?! I was 39 years old. June 28th I had a complete hysterectomy, They removed my uterus, both ovaries, tubes, cervix and 2 lymph nodes. I spent my 40th birthday in the hospital on July 1st, 2 days post op. Scariest thing I think ever... but 18 blood transfusions, 3 hospital stays and 2 surgeries later.. I'm here to tell the story and feel so much better. God Bless you all.
My husband is in ICU right now. Found him unconscious laying in a pool of blood. At ER they found his hemoglobin was 2.7. Docs were shocked he was even alive. 14 pints of blood later he is just now at 8. He was tired, confused, couldn 't walk. Do not mess around with it. It means death.
I just got home from a week's stay in the hospital. I have a terminal auto-immune disease, which they think precipitated this incident. My left leg was covered by dark maroon patches, so my GP sent me to the emergency room. They looked at it, ran a blood test, said my hemoglobin was 14, and that it was a hematoma. Then they sent me home. Less than a week later, I was unable to breathe if I walked 10 feet (I had to sit down and literally fight to keep from losing consciousness and being able to catch my breath), my leg was entirely purple, and I was tired. Otherwise, I fine. My neighbor and best friend insisted we call an ambulance, which we did. The hospital put me in their cardiac ward because my heart was going berserk. In less than a week, my hemoglobin had dropped from 14 to 4. It took six blood transfusions to keep me alive, and the cause was determined to be an intestinal bleed. With me, it's not a question of of if, but when it will happen again. I don't mind saying that I'm terrified.
Anyone having a low blood problem please go see a Hematologist without hesitation. Just wanted to let everyone know I have a blood problem/bone marrow problem for the past 7 1/2 years. Been to 5 Hematologist and 8 bone marrow biopsies, and can't count how many different blood tests but 3 folders full and no certain diagnosis. In the past 7 1/2 years I have had over 215 units of blood. My lowest Hemo. has been 4.5. I use to get transfusions once a month sometimes every other month. Now I get them every other week. 1 or 2 units depending on my Hemo. level. I am 64 now and some people think I should go for a bone marrow transplant, but I say NO. 30% don't even make it out of the hospital do to rejection of new bone marrow. I would rather live like this as long as God lets me, than to go through all that chemo and radiation and not knowing if I will even make it home again. I do have a very high ferritin build up, and take medication for that. So if you do get a lot of transfusions make sure your doctor monitors your ferritin level (stored iron). I can go on and on and tell you my whole story on what I think caused this, but once the damage is done no way to fix it. I'm talking about Toxins and black mold. I figure when it's my time to go, it's my time. So I wish everyone that has low hemoglobin, good luck and prayers to you. Oh one reminder...get copies of all your blood tests or any other tests.
I forgot one thing on the above comment of mine. If your problem is due to low iron remember this. Milk (calcium) and green tea are iron blockers. Do not drink these or take a calcium supplement with a meal if you are low on iron. Take between meals. Vit. C is an iron absorber. Look up the 2 different kinds of iron Heme and Non Heme. You will learn a lot about combination of foods to eat to make the most out of them.
Greetings! I had a Hemoglobin of 3 back in 2008. I experienced many symptoms that your wife has. Extremely Tired (Fatigue) Dazed-state of mind No Energy (Low Blood) Couldn't Eat Good (Vomit everything back up) Feeling on Impending Doom (Dying) Couldn't Sleep When I looked outside or at anything that was White it looked TOO BRIGHT WHITE (if you see white lights at anytime its not a good sign) Walked 2 steps and was completely out of breath (Shortness of Breath ) Was Disoriented (Did not know what Day it was) Lost alot of Weight Got Extremely Thirsty (Developed Thrush) I also did not want to go to the Hospital but when your level gets that low you don't even know what you "want" anymore. I couldn't drive and it took my Dad & 300 pound brother to help me get up the stairs to even get to the car! When I finally got to the ER yhey didn't even get my Insurance Information but rushed me to a room. Told me I had 5 minutes to live and not even enough blood for a rabbit to live! I couldnt even sign my own signature right. I motioned to the Doctor and when he came close (cause I was so weak to talk) I whispered "Help Me". He said we're gonna do everything we can to save your life. Gave me a paper to sign & then I passed out. I had to get 16 bags of blood STAT (Blood Transfusions) I had a Severe Infection that went Septic. Given Powerful Antibiotics for the Infection that in turn caused Acute Kidney Failure, which in turn got me going on my 7th year of Hemodialysis (Kidney Failure Treatment). IT TOOK A WHOLE LOT OF PRAYER TO HELP KEEP ME FROM GOING 6 FEET UNDER!!! THANK GOD I AM ALIVE TODAY TO HELP SOMEONE ELSE OUT THAT IS IN A SIMILAR SITUATION! Your wife NEEDS God, You & a Strong Support Group of Family & Friends right now. I too don't trust some Doctors so I just go to a different Hospital. You have to pick up the slack and be a husband to your wife because she probably aint even talking clearly right now as thinking uses blood & oxygen & thats 2 things she needs RIGHT NOW! Any Hospital is going to ADMIT you when you show up to the ER and they find out her Hemoglobin is less than 7. 1 Blood Transfusions takes 4 hours (Regular IV) She's probably going to start out with 2 so plan on staying awhile. Don't forget your Wallet, Keys, Cell Phone, Phone Charger & have a knowledge of her Medical History (Allergies /Medications) ALWAYS TRY TO MAKE FRIENSS WITH YOUR CAREGIVERS AS THEY WILL GREATLY DETERMINE YOUR OVERALL OUTCOME & LENGTH OF STAY!!! KEEP POSITIVE & KEEP PRAYING!!....GOD STILL HAS THE FINAL SAY.....IF HE WANTS TO TAKE YOU, THEN AINT A DOCTOR IN THIS WORLD CAN SAVE YOU......BUT.....IF GOD WANTS YOU TO LIVE, THEN AINT NOTHING IN THIS WORLD CAN MAKE YOU DIE!!! STAY ENCOURAGED!!!
I'm a 20 year old female and my levels are 6.7 at the moment. What really helps me when my iron is low is eating spinach. Put spinach in the microwave with a tablespoon of water for 4 minutes, then make her eat it. This helps me so much! -Other foods that help are eggs, broccoli, green leafy vegetables, beetroot or any meat, even liver if she can stomach it.
-Also, she needs to eat 5 small meals a day -Get 8 hours of sleep per night -If she smokes she needs to cut right down, or quit -she needs to cut down or stop drinking tea or coffee, as this inhibits the absorption of iron in the body. -She should drink more orange juice/ eat oranges to help the iron that is in her body get absorbed.
My advice is that she take an iron supplement. I also suffer from constipation but I find that hot water after meals and before bed really helps my bowels. Good luck :)
I'm currently in the hospital as we speak. My.husband called 911 and good on him. I passed out when paramedics came and when I got to the hospital I had the worst nausea and couldn't breathe. They found my hemoglobin was a 6 and that I had lost about half of my blood. Mine was due to a cyst that was hemorrhagic and they gave me a blood transfusion and went right into surgery. I would've died if I hadn't let him call it in. I'm only 19 years old and now I find out I have uterine and cervical cancer. My radiation therapy starts in the morning.
You should have her checked out immediately. In September I was to the emergency room because of swollen ankles, could not take more then 15 steps without having to stop for air, was having massive headaches, sleeping all the time and wanted everyone to leave me alone. The ER doctor before drawing blood swore it was diabetes. Especially when I started crying and begging for water because I was that dehydrated.. Come to find out my hemoglobin was 4.3. They said they didn't know how I was that low and was still walking and talking or even alert and alive.. Come to find out my blood loss to such extremes was from my menstrual cycle. I have fibroids on the uterus that is causing excessive hemorrhaging during my periods and I have to have a hysterectomy soon. If your wife still has her cycles ask the doctor if that's what's causing the low hemoglobin.. Trust me, she doesn't want to get as low as I did.. It took a 6 unit blood transfusion just to get me into the 7s and they blew 3 small veins in the process. I spent 2 days in ICU and ended up with a pick line which hurt like hell. Make her see a doctor
It is appalling that none of you have mentioned being checked or diagnosed with a b-12 deficiency! Anemia and B-12 Deficiency can go hand in hand and could be an absorption issue. I encourage ALL of you to research it and inform yourselves with this deficiency as I nearly lost my life because they couldn't figure out the reason for my anemia! My iron was down to 3.4 and would improve but it would always fall again. I had to insist that my doctor look in to other causes because I wanted to fix the root issue and not treat symptoms. I could barely do day to day tasks without stopping every minute or so to get over my dizzy spells. I would faint on occasion. It turns out that I had an absorption issue and I had dangerously low anemia and a b12 deficiency. I am still weak after a year but at least I have began to correct the problem instead of throwing things at symptoms.
Wow, it was almost as if you were writing about ME!
I am 45 years old and suffer with many of the things your wife does. My problem for quite some time was no insurance, but at the moment I have coverage. I had a ton of blood work done and confirmed that I am anemic, with less than 1/2 of the reserve I should (level around 6). (And btw, my b12 level is fine) Because I have a horrible tolerance to iron supplements (due to severe GI issues) I am being scheduled for an iron infusion. I would suggest she take an iron supplement (maybe a slow release one) for a couple days and see if her energy level is affected. (I’m no doctor, but it would seem that it could help with the constipation (?) as, at least in some, it causes diarrhea.) The cold extremities and headaches (which I also have) could be from the iron deficiency as I understand. I was told a long time ago that I have metabolic syndrome and am “pre-diabetic”, however the medication they gave me exacerbated my stomach/intestinal issues and I quit taking it. Shortly after I got pregnant and my sugar levels went completely normal. Fast forward a couple years and I can tell I still have some issues with it (I get weak and/or shaky if I don’t eat), however, we’re battling one thing at a time, here. I'm also being scheduled for upper/lower endoscopy. As far as the mood swings, guilty. I find they are more prevalent when I’m feeling like my blood sugar is low or when I’m weak. Honestly, a lot of it is pure frustration from feeling “bad” and when there are things I need/want to do and I just feel too crappy to do them. I also have a lot of pain. I have been tested for Lupus (negative) and forms of arthritis (also negative) and it is looking like I may have fibromyalgia.
Try to be patient. Get her to a doctor. I know doctors don’t like when people get online and start searching their symptoms and such, but I think it really helped my doctor and I to get to my issues quicker. I feel very fortunate to have the doctor that I do.
Now that I feel like I’ve over-shared! I normally wouldn’t comment, but I feel her situation!! Oh, and one more thing… have her try MiraLAX for the constipation. It doesn’t “make” you go, it just makes it easier when you need to!
Wow, so many stories that are similar to mine! I was hospitalized this year with a Hemoglobin of 2.7. The doctor's didn't known why I was still alive. Good information in all your answers. Got some research to do! Thanks so much for sharing your stories.
NEUPOGEN AND PROCRIT!! I am 28. My hemoglobin was 4.9, I refused a blood transfusion because I just don't like the idea of having someone else's blood in my body and I am just paranoid about other diseases. I lied to the doctor and said I was a jehovah witness, so the other option they gave me was a quick shot of neupogen and procrit which stimulate your bone marrow to produce more blood. It worked, I lived and am fine. After leaving the hospital, I did the shots myself its so easy and doesn't hurt. It takes a little longer for your blood levels to go up compared to a transfusion, but I was in the hospital for months, and this saved my life. look it up, and make an appointment with a hematologist, preferably a hematologist/oncologist.
Somewhat different situation: I'm investigating a case where a small child had his finger hurt in a door jamb and lost some blood and eventually had a part of it amputated. The Dr. who attended to the child stated that: "the child's haemoglobin was 9.9 and it was below the acceptable level of blood in the body and this was caused by excessive bleeding." It is alleged that the Dr. stated that this led to his inability to stitch the finger back and the failure to apply further medical treatment."
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