Patient Comments: Alpha Thalassemia - Diagnosis

Question:How was your alpha thalassemia diagnosed?

Comment from: Nick, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: September 23

When I went to special hematology they discovered I have alpha thalassemia. My blood platelets are flat and not round. That it was found in most Pacific Islanders. I was always tired and short of breath. I look great at 55 and maybe should start taking Iron supplements.

Comment from: JEDOBEAR, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 27

I've always been easily tired. It got to the point where it affected my endurance at work. I went and had a blood test for everything including deficiency in vitamins & minerals, particularly iron, calcium and vitamin D and thyroid hormone levels. The results came back normal, except my hemoglobin levels were low. I went in for another blood test to look at my blood cells in particular and it explained the results. That's how I found out I had alpha thalassemia!

Comment from: Bee, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I found I had alpha thalassemia when I was in college. I had a very high fever and fainted while my friends were taking me to the emergency room. The doctor said I have a thalassemia trait. Then I had many chances to do blood work on my own blood in school, which I learned about all aspects of it from having low hemoglobin levels to seeing the distorted shapes of my own red blood cells.

Comment from: lisa, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 07

I was diagnosed with alpha thalassemia when I want to the doctor and took a blood test because my platelets were a little high.

Comment from: hap91801, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 12

Thalassemia was diagnosed through lab results after I was rushed to the emergency room after having an episode of syncope.

Patient Comments

Viewers share their comments

Alpha Thalassemia - Symptoms Question: What are your Alpha Thalassemia Symptoms?

Patient Comments are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your physician or other qualified health provider because of something you have read on MedicineNet. The opinions expressed in the comments section are of the author and the author alone. MedicineNet does not endorse any specific product, service or treatment.

Alert If you think you have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Health Solutions From Our Sponsors