My Iron Deficiency Anemia
I'm having another spine operation to correct a "lump" which developed on the incision site from my first operation. The "lump" is a pseudomeningocele.
"A pseudomeningocele is an abnormal collection of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) that communicates with the CSF space around the brain or spinal cord. In a pseudomeningocele, the fluid has no surrounding membrane but is contained in a cavity within the soft tissues."
Anyway, while having my pre-op blood work they found that I have anemia. It was a surprise to me because I have no symptoms.
I thought the treatment would be easy. Take iron tablets 3 times a day. But after spending a day on and off the toilet with painful black tar-like stools; I decided to stop taking the medication. Maybe after my operation next week I might try 1 tablet a day.
I found the chart above with some strange causes for anemia. I can believe some of them but there are others that are just too much for me to believe.
~candle burning (This is my favorite. How can this cause anemia? I thought about it but haven't come up with anything.)
~excess tea/coffee (Well maybe)
~Poor Detention (What the heck? Does this mean that if they made after school detention more enjoyable there would be fewer cases of anemia?)
So I guess that if you're an immigrant who burns candles and drinks a lot of tea; you have a "very high risk" for getting anemia.