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My blood iron is very low, what are possible causes please.

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My blood iron is...

My blood iron is very low, what are possible causes please

Doctor's Assistant: In general, how has your health been lately?

Good apart from fatigue. I am 84 so expect that!

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

Long ago perforated duodenal ulcer, 20 years ago rectal hemorrage never identified or diagnosed. Weight 175 lbs, 6'2, small stroke 15 yeqrs ago

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Doctor: Dr. David, Board Certified Physician replied 6 months ago

I am sorry your iron levels are very low

long term bleeding from the rectum can cause you to loose a lot of blood over time which can deplete your iron levels.

as we get older, our bowels have a harder time absorbing nutrients and this can cause more difficulty for you to absorb iron in your diet

if you are not eating much beef or steak or liver, you can be low in iron.

are you taking an iron supplement pill?

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
I have just started them I also use a TIA clotting suppressant, should that be stopped? I am going to stop it for a week for wisdom tooth surgery
Doctor: Dr. David, Board Certified Physician replied 6 months ago

you may need to be checked for bleeding in your stools if you are on a clot suppressant.

bleeding from your bowels is a common way to loose blood and iron out of your system

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