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Low blood pressure, paleness, tiredness and black circles around the eyes.

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  • Posted By: Scucca
  • March 16, 2010
  • 09:18 PM

I'm worried about my girlfriend.

She has these symptoms:
- Paleness
- Tiredness
- Low blood pressure
- Black circles around her eyes.

I'm guessing from what I've read online that she has some sort of anemia or iron deficiency but she went to the doctor and they said the iron levels were fine.

The other problem is that she's stubborn but there's no cure for that so thats ok.
But my question is this; Could anyone suggest dietary changes she could try to see if that might help.
And also if anyone knows any clever ways of getting her to try out new food then that'd be great! She doesn't eat much fruit and isn't too willing to try them so if someone can suggest a few ways of getting her to eat fruit without her thinking I'm trying force her then you'll be a hero to me.

It concerns me because she keeps telling me she's tired but seems to have become apathetic to it.

I really appreciate any help here, so thanks in advance.

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  • Hi, well taking the symptoms into consideration that you just described, I would say she definitely is anemic, because I have the same symptoms you listed and my doctor told me that I'm anemic. Also, low blood pressure does result in extreme laziness, weakness and stubborn-ness (if that's a word lol) so I think you should get her to change her diet in such a way that she receives more iron and vitamins in her body. I haven't changed my diet either, but my sister (who is also anemic with similar symptoms as you listed above) is a lot more active and healthy now that she's changed her eating habits. Try getting lots of spinach and eggplants into the diet, it helps a lot! Fruits and other vegetables will also help in fulfilling the body's needs for vitamins and other things.Hope that helps! (:- R. Kay
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  • "I would say she definitely is anemic, because I have the same symptoms you listed"I totally agree that it as an anemic because before i have felt that symptoms before.
    inellgilsta 30 Replies
    • December 27, 2010
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  • I'm worried about my girlfriend. She has these symptoms:- Paleness- Tiredness- Low blood pressure- Black circles around her eyes. I'm guessing from what I've read online that she has some sort of anemia or iron deficiency but she went to the doctor and they said the iron levels were fine. The other problem is that she's stubborn but there's no cure for that so thats ok.But my question is this; Could anyone suggest dietary changes she could try to see if that might help.And also if anyone knows any clever ways of getting her to try out new food then that'd be great! She doesn't eat much fruit and isn't too willing to try them so if someone can suggest a few ways of getting her to eat fruit without her thinking I'm trying force her then you'll be a hero to me. It concerns me because she keeps telling me she's tired but seems to have become apathetic to it. I really appreciate any help here, so thanks in advance. Ok -- your girlfriend is Anemic, most likely. It is completely possible -- and relatively common -- to have normal iron levels and still have some form of Anemia. Anemia has many various manifestations, and can occur at any point in the process by which our blood transports oxygen. Iron binds to the folding protein Hemoglobin and aids in oxygen binding and, eventually, in the uptaking of carbon dioxide. It's the process by which we achieve aerobic respiration. However, while the presence of iron in Hemoglobin is necessary for normal oxygen transport throughout our blood stream, and while the absence of normal iron levels would interfere with the blood's ability to carry oxygen which would result in a type of anemia, it is NOT THE ONLY WAY ANEMIA CAN OCCUR. For instance, I have perfectly normal iron levels and an absolute vicious case of life-long anemia. I have Macrocytic Anemia, which means that my erythrocytes -- or, red blood cells -- are too large and often misshapen, meaning they don't carry oxygen easily, and because my iron levels are normal my red blood cells have even more difficulty dropping the carbon dioxide they incur (because iron has a greater affinity for bonding with carbon dioxide than it does with oxygen). So, I have all the same symptoms as your girlfriend -- chronic paleness, dark circles (bad ones that never go away), fatigue, weakness, among a myriad of other related symptoms and conditions. So, only a CBC can accurately diagnose my anemia, because only when doing a blood count or a blood smear test can one properly diagnose the type of anemia that is concerned -- not with iron deficiency -- but with the improper shape and size of blood cells. Sickle Cell Anemia is probably the most house-hold-name of these types of anemia’s, though it is relatively rare and most often presents in childhood (not to mention, it is a genetic thing -- specifically, it is a genetic homozygotic mutation of the hemoglobin gene, which means no matter how much iron you intake, the gene itself is mutated and will not yield normal erythrocyte function). So she probably doesn't have Sickle Cell Anemia -- don't go googling it and have a panic attack. ;) For some types of Anemia -- those like mine, where a simple iron pill regiment won't really help anything -- the battle with fatigue and pale, grayish skin is a lifelong battle. I have found that keeping my vitamin D levels high (by taking vitamin supplements -- not by sun exposure, as that can have negative effects in the long-run) and taking a mutli-vitamin every day, keeping my general health up, and exercising lightly (like a brisk walk after dinner) all help me feel more normal. I'm not sure what the link is between vitamin D and my anemia, but I do know that I have often had tests show that I am astonishingly deficient, and when I take vitamin D plus calcium supplements, I feel a lot better anemia-wise. Tell your girlfriend to get a CBC done (her GP will gladly do the blood work upon request) just to confirm the presence of anemia. She probably has Macrocytic anemia, like me. And tell her to try a multi vitamin and a vitamin D supplement. You don't need to feed her horse pills -- it's not an outrageously dire condition. I like the gummy vitamins that are shaped like bears, easier for me to take everyday :p With her symptoms, it's either some kind of Macrocytic Anemia, or she's becoming a vampire. :rolleyes: Ok, so....probably Anemia, then. :D Be Well!
    MeanReds85 4 Replies
    • December 28, 2010
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  • I'm worried about my girlfriend.She has these symptoms:- Paleness- Tiredness- Low blood pressure- Black circles around her eyes.I'm guessing from what I've read online that she has some sort of anemia or iron deficiency but she went to the doctor and they said the iron levels were fine. The other problem is that she's stubborn but there's no cure for that so thats ok.But my question is this; Could anyone suggest dietary changes she could try to see if that might help.This post is old but I want to reply anyway since maybe I have noticed something about black circles not many people seem to be aware of:Two cousins of mine and myself always had deep black circles. The two cousins had known asthma, I had an undiagnosed pneumonia presumed to be asthma too. I also had sufficient iron, though barely, but this was undiagnosed malnutrition. Some iron did help though, because it made oxygen circulate more easily.Later on in life, I met a few other people with deep black circles and every time, there was some respiratory problem.My condition improved when I started living on my own and I started eating wholesome and sufficient food. I do tend to skip meals, however, and lately I noticed my body does not "play ball" anymore and simply refuses to do the work on too little fuel, i.e. I get feelings of fatigue, especially in the big muscles like thighs.If she doesn't like to EAT fruit, maybe she likes to DRINK it. I do not like tomatoes much, but I do like to drink tomato juice. I have self-care issues that are not readily apparent because I seem to go through all the motions. Maybe she is not good at listening to her body, like me, and her body is making her listen. Also you should know that small fruits often contain as much as big ones apiece, e.g. I love brambles, especially fresh off the bush, and I read online that they contain way more vitamins and such per gram than e.g. apples. So if you can't ramp up the quantity, how about the quality? Try to come up with new recipes with veggies or fruits in them, especially those she has not tried before. People tend to get stuck in a rut with their eating and get bored. I have bought gorgeous glasses so I will more often have Ice cream with small fruits on and chocolate sauce or whipped cream. I try to make eating enticing for myself. Rather than guilting myself, which makes it worse.I am also stubborn because I have had to fight things that sounded well-meaning, but were not. Over and over. Whenever these days someone tries to push me into something that might actually be good for me, because they actually mean well, I feel engulfed and have to take deep breaths, and I make frantic attempts to soothe the other person's worries without giving in. It feels horrible. I do try to think over the advice itself, but somehow giving in is giving myself up. Giving in is scary. It breeds mistrust in me. It damages the relationship. So in order to not damage the relationship, I do not give in. Catch 22, right? So people learned to wait until I experience a problem and then go "Well you know what I read online the other day?" and pass me the link and leave it at that. Maybe after a long time, since sometimes I do get distracted and forget the advice, suggest the same thing once more in a different way that does not trigger stubbornness, as long as there is absolutely no pushing, blaming, nagging etc. I'm able to handle it.
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    • December 30, 2010
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  • The persons with anemia may feel tired and fatigue easily, appear pale, develop palpitations and become unusually short of breath. That is the other signs of being anemic.-----------Where can I buy medical scrubs
    inellgilsta 30 Replies
    • January 18, 2011
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