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What are the symptoms of anemia?

Some patients with anemia have no symptoms. Others with anemia may feel:

  • Tired
  • Fatigue easily
  • Appear pale
  • Develop palpitations (feeling of heart racing)
  • Become short of breath

Additional symptoms may include:

  • Hair loss
  • Malaise (general sense of feeling unwell)
  • Worsening of heart problems

It is worth noting that if anemia is longstanding (chronic anemia), the body may adjust to low oxygen levels and the individual may not feel different unless the anemia becomes severe. On the other hand, if the anemia occurs rapidly (acute anemia), the patient may experience significant symptoms relatively quickly.

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Comment from: meeg, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: May 23

My anemia symptoms are blood in stool, dizziness, and stomach ache.

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Comment from: zychi, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: June 27

I got so tired and breathless I had to push myself along to take a few steps. I thought it was that my COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) had gotten a lot worse real fast. My respiratory therapist told me my face color was strange so I went to the doctor. She took a CBC (complete blood count) and called me that night and told me to go to emergency. My hemoglobin was 5. I was in the hospital 2 days, got 3 transfusions and an endoscopy that showed that I had 2 small bleeds in my stomach and she clipped them. When I left the hospital my hemoglobin was 8.5 and now 2 weeks later it is 9 so I am recovering from the anemia.

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