Do you feel tired and weak? The two most common symptoms of anemia are fatigue and weakness. Anemia is a condition wherein you have a lower than normal number of red blood cells in your blood or the red blood cells in your blood don’t have enough hemoglobin.
Hemoglobin is a protein, which gives your blood that red color. Its primary function is to carrying oxygen to all parts of your body. If you have anemia, your body is oxygen deficient and your organs and tissues don’t work too good.
Anemia usually takes time to develop, you may not initially experience any signs. However, as it worsens you may notice subtle symptoms begin to emerge, such as:
- pale skin
- chest pain
- shortness of breath
- low body temperature
- fatigue (very common)
- weakness (very common)
- rapid or irregular heartbeat
- not doing well in work/school
- numbness/coldness in hands & feet
These fatigue causing symptoms present because your heart has to work harder to provide oxygen rich blood to your body.
Some basic causes of anemia:
- loss of blood
- problems making red blood cells
- red blood cells break down or die faster than your body replaces them
There are different types of anemia, with different causes for treatment.