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Anemia Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • For how long have you had iron-deficiency anemia?
  • Do you experience any of the following symptoms: fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath, dizziness, paleness, or feeling cold, especially in the hands and feet?
  • Are your symptoms constant, or do they come and go?
  • What treatments have you been taking for your anemia?
  • Have you been taking your medications as prescribed?
  • What other health conditions do you have? Do you have any history of ulcers or other gastrointestinal disorders?
  • Have you recently donated blood?
  • Are you a vegetarian? How many servings of fruits and vegetables do you typically eat in a day?
  • If female, do you have heavy menstrual periods? Have you stopped having regular periods?
  • What medications are you taking for other health conditions?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • Has the root cause of your symptoms been identified?
  • What are the early symptoms of iron-deficiency anemia?
  • How is anemia diagnosed?
  • Will I need to see a specialist for anemia?
  • How might I need to adjust my diet to incorporate more iron?
  • What else can I do to manage my symptoms?
  • What is causing my iron-deficiency anemia?
  • Is my anemia temporary or chronic?
  • Will I need to take iron supplements? If yes, for how long?
  • What other treatments might I need for iron-deficiency anemia?
  • Will I need more blood tests to monitor my anemia? If yes, how often?
  • What happens if I experience side effects from my iron-deficiency anemia medications?
  • Are my new symptoms a result of my iron-deficiency anemia?
  • What else can be done to resolve my iron-deficiency anemia?
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Last Review Date: 2018 Jul 17
  1. Iron-Deficiency Anemia. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/iron-deficiency-anemia
  2. Iron-Deficiency Anemia. American Society of Hematology. http://www.hematology.org/Patients/Anemia/Iron-Deficiency.aspx
  3. Anemia. Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/anemia/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20351366
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