In my previous post I spoke about feeling weak and tired for months (probably even longer, off and on). But at the beginning of 2014 and up until the first of November 2014 the weakness and feeling tired, just doing minor things got extremely worst. I could not do anything without feeling pressure under my heart, with fast heart palpitations or fluttering, weakness in my legs and abdomen .
In July this year (2014), I went biking with my son ( mentioned in one of my previous post ). I don't think I could ride 200 yards or more without feeling a complete lack of energy in my legs & abdomen and heart beating like crazy. We ended the ride and went to breakfast.
Originally I thought maybe I had a Hiatal Hernia,because of the feeling of pressure under my under my heart, the symptoms felt like it. Glade it wasn't a Hiatal Hernia!
So, by the end of October, I could barely walk from my car to the grocery store without stopping. On Friday October 31st I decided to go to the VA hospital on Monday the 3rd. Check in around 8:am. Got some blood tests. Approximately 9:30am the Doctor called me up, took me ( ahead of everyone ) directly to the emergency room. Within about an hour and one half I was in the ICU being given a blood transfusion.
In the hospital for four days. Received, plasma, 3 units of blood, several injections of iron over the four day period. By the third day I was feeling great. There was a host of Doctors in and out, checking an probing. Went home the same week Thursday with a bag full of pills. Now, it seems that the reason I ended up in the hospitals ICU was because I had a Hemoglobin level of 3.7 to 3.9. It should be somewhere around 14.0 and higher.
While, I have been anemic for years, that was a pretty low Hemoglobin levels ( I am feeling great now! ). The cause of
my illness is Iron Deficiency Anemia. I am feeling great now!
My two granddaughters.
Sign And Symptoms May Include:
- Faster than normal heartbeat during exercise or activity.
- Feeling short of breath
- Lack of energy during your usual activities
- Pale skin and gums.
Normally low hemoglobin counts
A low hemoglobin count isn't always a sign of illness — it may be normal for some people. Women who are pregnant commonly experience low hemoglobin counts.
Low hemoglobin counts associated with diseases and conditions
A low hemoglobin count can be associated with many diseases and conditions that cause your body to have too few red blood cells. This can occur if your body produces fewer red blood cells than usual, if your body destroys red blood cells faster than they can be produced, or if you experience blood loss.
Certain medications, such as anti-retroviral drugs for HIV infection and chemotherapy drugs for cancer and other conditions:
- Hodgkin's lymphoma (Hodgkin's disease)
- Hypothyroidism (a thyroid disorder)
- Iron deficiency anemia
- Kidney disease
The above information is not intended as medical advise but, is an account of my personal experience. And research for my personal use.
Always Consult with your Doctor or Medical Practitioner if you notice any serious changes in your health Or if changing your diet/adding supplements/ and/or increasing your exercise routine could cause serious health issues for you".
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