Do fluids help anemia?

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   Posted 1/30/2008 6:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey all I was wondering if going to the er to get fluids would help at all with my anemia. I live on the third floor of my apartment (no elevators), and by the time i get to the top things are starting to go black around the edges, like i am going to faint. My heart races so fast, even when I am doing things like reading and watching tv. Would getting fluids help me at all? Take care.
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   Posted 1/30/2008 8:40 AM (GMT -7)   
No I don't think fluids will help anemia. They will help chronic dehydration however. If you think about, fluids would only dilute any nutrients that are in your blood stream. However, dehydration can also cause dizzyness and weakness. Why do you think you have anemia, as opposed to being de-conditioned? Do you exercise regularly?

Also i see you are on several medications that could be contributing to these symptoms-- especially prednisone. Bottom line, since you are experiencing these symptoms you need to take extra care. Climb your stairs more slowly, take a breather if you need to. Ensure you have a hand free to hold on to the railing etc. And, of course, mention these symptoms to your doc.

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   Posted 1/30/2008 8:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I believe lack of iron causes anemia...and major blood loss.


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   Posted 2/1/2008 7:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Low b12 levels made my heart race and skip beats. And in some folks can cause anemia. Fluids will not help raise your hemoglobin, but if it is low enough then you might need a pint of blood or 2. An aquaintance of mine took b12 shots and began to feel like a new person, her anemia got better, but then she claims her heart races/pounds if she takes a whole dose of the shot (1000 mcg) , so she does a half dose.
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   Posted 2/1/2008 11:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Jellybean, you should not be seeing black in your peripheral vision - that's not normal. You're probably dehydrated. If your heart rate is very fast at rest, and you are feeling light-headed, you should go to the ER and get an EKG and have some more basic blood work done. They should check your cardiac enzymes and thyroid hormones, as well as a CBC and CMP. Sorry to say - I know going to the ER sucks - but faintness with exertion and a highly elevated pulse at rest should be checked out. Let us know how you're doing...
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   Posted 2/1/2008 11:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Definitely go and see your doctor. Have CBC done, so you are able to see what your hematocrit and hemaglobin are. I felt like that when I was SUPER anemic, and it literally made me tired to eat food because I had pretty much no oxygen in my blood which is already fragile from spherocytosis. Don't continue feeling sick and faint...see your doc. Keep us updated!
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   Posted 2/2/2008 4:35 PM (GMT -7)   
You should move to the bottom floor. What if you do pass out and fall back down the stairs?

Look into moving to another floor or building, that has got to suck.

I hope you feel better , take care
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