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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.
Definition Anemia is a condition in which the body does not have enough healthy red blood cells. Red blood cells bring oxygen to body tissues. There are many types of anemia. Iron deficiency anemia is a decrease in the number of red blood cells in the blood due to a lack of iron. This article focuses on iron deficiency anemia in children. Alternative Names Anemia - iron deficiency - children Causes, incidence, and risk factors Iron deficiency anemia is the most common form of anemia . You get iron through certain foods, and your body also reuses iron from old red blood cells. Iron deficiency (too little iron) may be caused by: An iron-poor diet (this is the most common cause) Body not being able to absorb iron very well, even though you're eating enough iron Long-term, slow blood loss -- usually through menstrual periods or bleeding in the digestive tract Rapid growth (in the first year of life and in adolescence), when more iron is needed Babies are born with iron stored in their bodies. Because t...
Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) is a neurologic sensorimotor disorder that is characterized by an overwhelming urge to move the legs when they are at rest. The urge to move the legs is usually, but not always, accompanied by unpleasant sensations. It is less common but possible to have RLS symptoms in the arms, face, torso, and genital region. RLS symptoms occur during inactivity and they are temporarily relieved by movement or pressure. Symptoms of RLS are most severe in the evening and nighttime hours and can profoundly disrupt a patient's sleep and daily life. RLS affects approximately 10% of adults in the U.S. Researchers believe that RLS is commonly unrecognized or misdiagnosed as insomnia or other neurological, muscular or orthopedic condition. RLS may also be confused with depression. According to the Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation, approximately 40% of people with RLS complain of symptoms that would indicate depression if assessed without knowledge or consideration of a sle...
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