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Iron count 9 with nothing to explain why very breathless being

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Iron count 9 with nothing to explain why very breathless being sent to gastroenteritis clinic and to have abdo scan also to oncology
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.
This is Dr. David

your iron counts are very very low, most likely from bleeding from your GI system somewhere.

get a copy of your CBC or complete blood count test. I bet it will show severe anemia which is low red blood cells from your low iron levels.

red blood cell levels have to be very very low for you to get breathless

you can buy iron supplements at your local drug store or chemisty store, usually as ferrous sulfate, possibly 300mg or 325mg pills which you can take 3 times a day with food in your stomach to help build up your iron levels right now

you can also eat iron rich foods such as spinach, steak, liver to help build up your iron as you wait for your GI clinic consult and abdominal scan and oncology consultation

many iron supplements also contain vitamin C to help with iron absorption into your system as well.

let me know if you have questions.