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Question: Postural Hypotension and other symptoms

 Hyla - Sun Jan 11, 2009 7:37 pm

I am a 17 year old female who experiences symptoms of Postural Hypotension. I lose vision and balance upon standing and have fallen down occasionally. I feel a "head rush" and my arms feel heavy. Other symptoms include always feeling cold and always having cold hands. (poor circulation?) More recently I've been dealing with frequent urination and vaginal itching. At a blood drive I was deferred for low iron (37% hematocrite) and started developing Pica-like symptoms, exactly matching my mothers when she had an iron-deficiency. I would not say that I am skinny, but I would say I'm slender and my mother always complains I don't weigh enough. (5'8 and 122 lbs)

I don't know if any of these symptoms are connected or if any of them should cause any concern. Please respond with any information. Thanks!
 Debbie Miller, RN - Mon Jan 12, 2009 3:41 pm

User avatar Hello,
This could all be related to the anemia and it is important you get a complete workup with your doctor to find out if you have any underlying problems that have not been picked up. The doctor will likely start you on iron supplements but you would be wise to immediately increase your intake of iron-rich foods.

A few are: Cream of wheat and other whole grains, red meats (other meats also), red kidney beans, pinto beans, lentils, spinach, peas, apricots, raisins, molasses. Heme iron is the most readily absorbed by the body and this comes from animal sources - egg yolk and meats. And, when you eat any of the good iron foods, it will help absorption if you will take vitamin C-rich foods at the same time (fruits, orange juice, tomatoes, etc.).

Best wishes.


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