update- migraines anemia and fainting

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update- migraines anemia and fainting

Post  sconesail on Fri 15 May 2015, 4:17 pm

Hi All,

I have just been diagnosed as severely anemic. Last year, I was diagnosed with anemia and my doctor prescribed Iron- it did help the fainting and I had more energy for a few months. Headaches didn't change much. When I had it checked a few weeks ago, my counts were very low. Low enough for my doctor to call the hematologist at the cancer center. Also, I only found out how bad it was when I received a call telling me about an appointment with the hematologist- the blood work showed a low hematocrit- 30.

I saw the hematologist on Tuesday. It turns out that I am severely anemic. I will be getting IV iron once a week for the next eight weeks. The hematologist said that he has seen several people with both headaches and fainting who were anemic. He said that the iron had helped them and we are going to see if this helps at all. Even if it gives me a little energy back, that would be great. I hope this helps both the headaches and the fainting.

The one bad thing about this is the fact that I may have to push the next round of botox back a bit. My hematologist said it shouldn't be a problem, but I need to check with my neuro- next round of Botox is in June. I may hold off on it until I've had a few iron treatments just to make sure we are moving in the right direction.

The headaches and fainting have been horrendous lately. I hope the iron will help just a bit. I've had a really hard time just keeping up with normal life stuff recently. I haven't been able to think or concentrate that well on things for the last few weeks. I hate it. I hope that this will help. I will keep you upfated.

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Re: update- migraines anemia and fainting

Post  Cluelesskitty on Sun 17 May 2015, 4:43 am

I sorry about that. Is is for the first time you have been diagnosed as anemic, Scone?
that could explain the fainting spells at least in part. anemia adds to migraines as well,
so hopefully once you return to normal Iron levels, you will feel a lot better on the whole and you will have noticeably less headaches.

btw, a lot migraineurs, me including, tend to have low Iron and frequent anemias.
Ever since I started menstruating I had to take Iron pills now and then.
Now, that I am post -menopause I don't have to anymore as my Iron level is on the opposite - is high,
even if my RBC and hemoglobin tend to be low.
go figure..

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Post  milo on Tue 19 May 2015, 8:30 pm

My iron is always low as well. I hope it helps you Scone!
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