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    How easy is it to get tested for anemia? Is it just tested via a regular blood test?
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    Anaemia is caused by iron deficiency which reduces the ability of haemoglobin to transport oxygen as iron is the inorganic component of haemoglobin which is composed if 4 subunits. (Gave me a chance to revise some biology...woop!)

    I'm not too sure how its tested, possibly by blood test. But go to see your Doctor.
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    (Original post by TheStudent1289)
    Anaemia is caused by iron deficiency which reduces the ability of haemoglobin to transport oxygen as iron is the inorganic component of haemoglobin which is composed if 4 subunits. (Gave me a chance to revise some biology...woop!)

    I'm not too sure how its tested, possibly by blood test. But go to see your Doctor.
    Well thats one cause


    It's fairly simple. If you have any symptoms which suggest anaemia then you can get a blood test done at your GP where they'll test your Hb levels/RBC count.
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    It's just a fairly simple and regular blood test (a blood count if you're curious, where the no of rbcs and whatnot are counted).

    Doesn't take long. Your GP should be able to do it, but he wouldn't really just do it unless you've got some symptoms suggesting it.
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    (Original post by sunfowers01)
    How easy is it to get tested for anemia? Is it just tested via a regular blood test?
    I'm anaemic.Iron Def Anaemia. They simply just take blood and check your Hb, ferritin and if need more investigative Iron studies like transferrin saturation.

    There are 3 types of anaemia though.There is also pernicious anaemia,of which they check your GIFAB...gastric intrinsic factor antibodies.

    Ask your GP for a thorough explanation.
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    I have iron deficiency anaemia and if you go and you're showing the symptoms, it's a blood test
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    (Original post by xev bellringer)
    I'm anaemic.Iron Def Anaemia. They simply just take blood and check your Hb, ferritin and if need more investigative Iron studies like transferrin saturation.

    There are 3 types of anaemia though.There is also pernicious anaemia,of which they check your GIFAB...gastric intrinsic factor antibodies.

    Ask your GP for a thorough explanation.
    What are the symptoms, apart from tiredness? Apparently my blood count is fine, but I still don't feel right.


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    (Original post by sunfowers01)
    What are the symptoms, apart from tiredness? Apparently my blood count is fine, but I still don't feel right.


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    Iron deficiency anaemia symptoms? Ones I got were tiredness, having no energy at all, dizziness and feeling like I was going to faint, nausea, constantly cold - even when it's warm, my hands and feet feel like blocks of ice -, hair going brittle and thinning out, fingernails becoming really brittle and weak and breaking all the time, muscles twitching all the time and sometimes painfully, I'm really pale all the time.
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    (Original post by madders94)
    Iron deficiency anaemia symptoms? Ones I got were tiredness, having no energy at all, dizziness and feeling like I was going to faint, nausea, constantly cold - even when it's warm, my hands and feet feel like blocks of ice -, hair going brittle and thinning out, fingernails becoming really brittle and weak and breaking all the time, muscles twitching all the time and sometimes painfully, I'm really pale all the time.
    Can you get tested without a blood test? I've had these symptoms for years and my mum's convinced I'm anaemic, as are several health professionals but they all want me to have a blood test. I'm **** scared of them, and so won't. I just take a multivitamin with iron, so is there even any point?
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    (Original post by Tyrion_Lannister)
    Can you get tested without a blood test? I've had these symptoms for years and my mum's convinced I'm anaemic, as are several health professionals but they all want me to have a blood test. I'm **** scared of them, and so won't. I just take a multivitamin with iron, so is there even any point?
    I was told that if you have anaemia to the extent that you need iron tablets like I do, multivitamins with iron or just iron supplements that you can buy over the counter will have little effect. Unfortunately I think blood test is the only way it can be discovered, but it is important that you do get it checked out. Look at it this way - it's a few seconds of pain, saving you months and months of illness
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    (Original post by madders94)
    I was told that if you have anaemia to the extent that you need iron tablets like I do, multivitamins with iron or just iron supplements that you can buy over the counter will have little effect. Unfortunately I think blood test is the only way it can be discovered, but it is important that you do get it checked out. Look at it this way - it's a few seconds of pain, saving you months and months of illness
    Ah okay, that is true. I'll just have to try and deal with it then. Do they help? The big one for me is being freezing most of the time it's so bloody annoying. And feeling lethargic. If it cures those, I'll probably do it. Also if you don't mind me asking, are you also vegetarian? I am and I get told often that veggies are more prone to it. Thanks for replying!
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    (Original post by sunfowers01)
    How easy is it to get tested for anemia? Is it just tested via a regular blood test?
    Hi I have anemia and they just took some blood out of my arm they don't test you regularly unless you have it pretty bad and they have to monitor you're iron levels even then it's not that often in the year I have to have it done 3 times a year
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    (Original post by Tyrion_Lannister)
    Ah okay, that is true. I'll just have to try and deal with it then. Do they help? The big one for me is being freezing most of the time it's so bloody annoying. And feeling lethargic. If it cures those, I'll probably do it. Also if you don't mind me asking, are you also vegetarian? I am and I get told often that veggies are more prone to it. Thanks for replying!
    I'm on proper prescription iron tablets and they're a ***** to take - I have to hide them in sandwiches - but they really do help; I'm not sure I'd be able to function at uni without them!

    I'm not a vegetarian, and I eat loads of iron rich foods - it came as a real surprise to me when I was told I was anaemic!
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    (Original post by sunfowers01)
    How easy is it to get tested for anemia? Is it just tested via a regular blood test?
    I first found out I had Anemia via my gynaecologist and I had to make sure by taking another blood test. Apparently I have an imbalanced amount of red blood cells against my white blood cells. There's nothing extreme to it, just be brave with the needle and the doctor
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    I had the same symptoms as you and I had to have a blood test too to see if I was anaemic. Honestly, its so so fast its over before you know it. Even if you really do hate it, it is worth it..I'm anemic and the iron tablets they might put you on are so helpful! They make you feel so much better with lots more energy. Unfortunately they then take another blood test once you've finished the tablets they gave you, to see if your blood count improves and if your iron storage is high enough..if not then they put you back onto the tablets.
    Over the counter vitamins really aren't good enough most of the time, especially if your symptoms are what you described, they won't be of great effect.

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    I had a blood test done yesterday at my drs because my HB level is ( or was) very low. Got a phone call today to go and see the dr on friday to "talk about your blood test results", although the receptionist did say it wasnt urgent. I already take otc iron tablets and eat iron rich foods,but I see from reading this thread that they arent as good as prescribed iron tablets.

    Bit worried actually... :/
 
 
 
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