Anemia occurs when there is a significant reduction of hemoglobin in the circulating blood. Hemoglobin plays a very important role in the body. It carries adequate oxygen to the body’s tissues. When there is decreased oxygen, organs and tissues will not be able to function properly. This will often result in feeling tired and weak all the time.
Anemia has many forms. It can be mild to severe; can be temporary to long-term and basically each with its own cause. The condition is also grouped into three categories: the body does not make enough red blood cells, the body destroys red blood cells more than the body can compensate, and bleed from accidents and injuries that the body can’t replace on time.
Anemia is an indication of an underlying disease. There are several medical conditions, including infections and inflammations associated with anemia. The associated common conditions include the following:
- Duodenal or Gastric Ulcer
- Rheumatic disease
- Iron deficiency in the poor diet
The following are some of the signs and symptoms of anemia, these include:
- Pale or yellowish skin
- Irregular heartbeats
- Difficulty or shortness of breath
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Cold hands and feet
At its first stage anemia is so mild and can sometimes go unnoticed. However, symptoms can worsen as anemia worsens.
Treatment and Prevention
Depending on the cause of anemia, some of the conditions can be prevented such as the iron deficiency anemia and vitamin deficiency anemia. With proper diet including vitamins and nutrients, anemia can be defeated.
The following are some of the complications if anemia is left untreated.
- Severe fatigue
- Complications of pregnancy
- Problems of the heart
If you think you are suffering from Chronic Anemia you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Chronic Anemia as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).