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anemic
May 11, 2005

i have terrible headaches and feel light headed and dizzy am i anemic

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hi,

Unfortunately there is no way for me to determine if you are anemic or not over the Internet. The symptoms of anemia include: fatigue, exercise intolerance, shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, paleness, headaches, decreased sex drive, weakness and inability to concentrate. The only way to diagnose anemia is with a blood test. Your doctor can order this for you. It's called a hemoglobin level. The normal range for men is 14-18 g/dL and 12-16 g/dl for women. If you're below the normal range, you are anemic (i.e. have a below-normal number of red blood cells). If you are anemic, you'll need to work with your doctor to find out why. Once that's determined, he will be able to prescribe the appropriate treatment to correct the problem. OK?

Hope that helps.

Dr. Bob


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