Anemia is a condition in which the patient’s blood does not have enough healthy red blood cells. If a person does not have enough red blood cells, or if too many of them have abnormalities, then this can result in the cells in the body not being able to get enough oxygen. This can cause all manner of health problems, because when the blood doesn’t have enough oxygen, then the organs in the body lose the ability to function the way that they should. Anemia is very common, and it affects over three million people in the United States alone. While its symptoms can be very common, several paired together can point a trained professional to anemia as the culprit.
One of the more common early warning signs of being anemic is having headaches. These headaches can range in severity to a light pressure in the head to a pounding that causes severe pain. Patients may also experience being lightheaded or dizzy, especially when sitting down or standing up too quickly. In severe cases, this can also lead to fainting spells. Of course, all of these symptoms occur due to the lack of oxygen that is reaching the brain through the healthy red blood cells. In most cases, when the iron count goes up, the symptoms will begin to lessen in both frequency and severity.