One of the first symptoms that got me to go to the doctor for the anemia was severe lower back pain. It radiates around to my lower abdomen and down the front of my thighs. It hurts the most when I'm standing or laying down. When standing I get muscle cramps all along the flank area that can reach a 8 on the pain scale if I don't quickly sit. If I were to try and work through it I think I would pass out, it feels that intense. When I lay down I don't get the spasms but the pain is worse, especially down my legs.
So, here's the thing, with back pain doctors don't seem to take it seriously and I don't know if I should or not. Maybe the pain will get better after I start iron infusions? My energy level has been really low because of the anemia so I'm thinking that could be part of it. My doctor said I could go for an xray and have physical therapy but should wait until I get stronger.
This pain is getting in the way of me doing just about anything that requires standing. I have spinal stenosis but the symptoms of a flare are numbness in the legs and feet and I don't have that at the moment.
Hey there! I posted this information for you because I had read that it caused crams. You might want to remind your doctors of this!
Understanding Anemia -- Symptoms
What Are the Symptoms of Anemia?
The symptoms of anemia vary according to the type of anemia, the underlying cause, and any underlying health problems. Anemia may be associated with other medical conditions such as hemorrhage, ulcers, menstrual problems, or cancer -- and specific symptoms of those conditions may be noticed first.
The body also has a remarkable ability to compensate for early anemia. If your anemia is mild or developed over a long period of time, you may not notice any symptoms.
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Symptoms common to many types of anemia include the following:
* Easy fatigue and loss of energy
* Unusually rapid heart beat, particularly with exercise
* Shortness of breath and headache, particularly with exercise
* Difficulty concentrating
* Pale skin
* Leg cramps
Other symptoms are associated with specific forms of anemia.
Anemia caused by iron deficiency:
* Hunger for strange substances such as paper, ice, or dirt (a condition called pica).
* Upward curvature of the nails referred to as koilonychias.
* Soreness of the mouth with cracks at the corners.
Anemia caused by vitamin B-12 deficiency:
* A tingling, "pins and needles" sensation in the hands or feet.
* Lost sense of touch.
* A wobbly gait and difficulty walking.
* Clumsiness and stiffness of the arms and legs.
* Hallucinations, paranoia, and schizophrenia.
Anemia caused by chronic lead poisoning:
* A blue-black line on the gums referred to as a lead line.
* Abdominal pain
Anemia caused by chronic red blood cell destruction:
* Jaundice (yellow skin and eyes)
* Brown or red urine
* Leg ulcers
* Failure to thrive in infancy
* Symptoms of gallstones
Sickle cell anemia:
* Susceptibility to infection
* Delayed growth and development in children
* Episodes of severe pain, especially in the joints, abdomen, and limbs
Anemia caused by sudden red blood cell destruction:
* Abdominal pain
* Brown or red urine
* Jaundice (yellow skin)
* Small bruises under the skin
* Symptoms of kidney failure
Call Your Doctor About Anemia If:
Call your doctor if you notice any of these signs or symptoms of anemia.
* Persistent fatigue, breathlessness, rapid heart rate, pale skin, or any other symptoms of anemia
* Poor diet or inadequate dietary intake of vitamins and minerals
* Very heavy menstrual periods
* Symptoms of an ulcer, gastritis, hemorrhoids, or colorectal cancer
* Concern about environmental exposure to lead
* A hereditary anemia runs in your family and you would like genetic counseling before having a child
* Women considering pregnancy -- your doctor will likely recommend that you begin taking supplements, especially folate, even before conception. These supplements benefit both mother and baby.
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
Thanks Mari. I have most the symptoms that go along with anemia and I'll sure be glad when I can start the transfusions. I'm hoping the back pain gets better and is bad now because of my weakness. I don't want to have unnecessary tests if that's the case so I think I'll wait awhile and see.
i understand what you mean about not wanting any "unnecessary tests". Mari gave you some great information, and i hope you are able to find some relief really really soon.
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