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The daily hustle and bustle was tiring in and of itself. Throw in the holiday season, complete with a family visit that included my high-energy 2-year-old, and I was not at all surprised at just how exhausted I was feeling. Winter was upon us, so my summer bronze was long gone, replaced by the snowy pallor of December and January. The holiday season passed, our visitors returned home, but energy did not.
The daily hustle and bustle turned into the monotony of getting out of bed to go to the office, and going straight to bed once I got home. I had other symptoms in addition to exhaustion: Irritability, anxiety, confusion, dizziness, shortness of breath, tingling in my extremities, sallow complexion, and an upper respiratory infection that I could not shake. This went on for 2-3 months. So, when no improvements were in sight and I was left without an explanation, I checked in with my primary care physician (PCP) who ordered blood work and urinalysis.
Iron deficiency is a problem for fifty percent of those who have had gastric bypass surgery and is connected to anemia in one third of the cases. A 1998 study found that women were more than two times more likely than men to have an iron deficiency after weight loss surgery.
Women who are pregnant or having heavy menstruation are most susceptible.
Iron is a critical part of the hemoglobin that carries oxygen in red blood cells. Lack of iron will lessen the production of hemoglobin and cause anemia.
Causes of Iron Deficiency After Gastric Bypass Surgery
Iron deficiency can occur after gastric bypass surgery because the duodenum is bypassed in the procedure. Iron is partially absorbed in the duodenum. Stomach acids draw iron from food and make it more easy to absorb. The small stomach pouch that has been created reduces the amount of acid that is produced which in turn decreases iron ab sorption.
Iron deficiency begins with the exhau...
Protein C deficiency is a disorder characterized by an increased tendency to form blood clots . Protein C is a vitamin-K-dependent anticoagulant protein manufactured in the liver and circulated in the plasma . Protein C inhibits coagulation (clotting) by inactivating at least two proteins, Factors V and VIII. When there is a deficiency of protein C, coagulation may take place lending to possible thrombosis. Defects can occur for a wide variety of reasons in the clotting or anticlotting mechanisms, and thus present a condition of bleeding problems (such as hemophilia ) or clotting problems (such as thrombosis). Decreased values of protein C are associated with: Thrombosis Deep vein thrombosis Pulmonary embolism Thrombophlebitis Neonatal purpura fulminans (homozygote based) Disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) Protein C deficiency is a prethrombotic (a thrombus is a clot) disorder which may be a result of congenital biochemical defects or associated with other thrombotic disorders. Congenital...
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