• What are signs of developing anemia?

    Asked by MyelomaBeacon on Tuesday, April 2, 2013

    What are signs of developing anemia?

    I have read a few different lists, I would like everyone's opinion on what to look.

    4 Answers from the Community

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I depends on the type of anemia. Iron deficiency anemia results in low red blood cell counts. Pernicious anemia is a deficiency in B12 and also results in a low red blood cell count. Either can be diagnosed with a simple blood test. Often there are not apparent symptoms until the deficiency is long term, but must chemo drugs kills blood cells so anemia is pretty much a guaranteed temporary side effect of chemotherapy. The most common symptoms are fatigue and skin paling. If you are currently in chemo, your doctor should be monitoring your blood counts regularly. If you are not in chemo but suspect anemia, just ask your doctor to do a CBC.

      over 5 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I had chemo induced anemia in Nov of last year. My symptoms were; extreme tiredness and exhaustion, shortness of breath, and dizziness. I was convinced I had congestive heart failure as these are some of the symptoms related to that condition too.

      over 5 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar

      I grew up being tested for anemia every time I went to the Dr because I was so thin and pale even though I ate constantly and was outside often. Turns out I'm just Mayonaise boy, not anemic (Unfortunately, melanoma hits us mayo people pretty easily and I'm still white as a ghost and have to be very careful in the sun. The thin part (which I would have been happy to keep) abandoned me long ago.). Its a simple test and easily corrected with diet (lots of green, leafy vegetables) or supplements which should not interfere with your other meds. Your Dr. can help you with the correct sups to take.

      over 5 years ago
    • SpunkyS's Avatar

      My cues were fatigue, a "just don't feel well" feeling, and a gradual onset of shortness of breath.
      Blood work post chemo my hemoglobin looked good but the cell size was off. Turns out I have a vitamin B12 deficiency for which I am now on a sublingual supplement. Beats the B12 injections by cost, convenience, and availability.

      over 5 years ago

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