If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms of IDA there are treatment options available.
What to Do If You Think You May Have IDA 1
If you think you may have anemia, talk to your doctor about testing and treatment options.
It is important to optimize your time with your doctor. To be prepared for your appointment, make a list that includes:
- Any symptoms you're experiencing, including any that may seem unrelated to the reason for which you scheduled the appointment
- Key personal information, including any major stresses or recent life changes
- All medications, as well as any vitamins or supplements (including herbal or botanical supplements) you're taking
- Any dietary changes or food group restrictions
- Questions to ask your doctor
At your appointment be sure to discuss any signs and symptoms that worry you, including fatigue, dizziness, headaches and irritability.
For iron deficiency anemia, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:
- What's the most likely cause of my symptoms?
- Are there other possible causes for my symptoms?
- Is my condition likely temporary or chronic?
- How can I better manage my iron levels?
- Are there any alternatives to the primary approach that you're suggesting?
- I have another health condition. How can I best manage this condition as well as my IDA?
- Are there any restrictions or dietary advice that I should be aware of?
- Are there any brochures or other printed material that I can take with me? What websites do you recommend?
In addition to the questions that you've prepared to ask your doctor, don't hesitate to ask questions as they come to you during your appointment.
How Doctors Diagnose IDA
Your doctor will use your medical history, a physical exam, and the results from diagnostic tests and procedures to determine if you have IDA.
Talk to your doctor about ways to manage your IDA, including diet or medications.
Disclaimer: The information on this site is for informational purposes only and not intended to provide medical advice. You should direct all questions about your health to your health care provider.