Iron Deficiency Anemia Specialists

Illinois Gastroenterology Group -  - Gastroenterology

Illinois Gastroenterology Group

Gastroenterology located in Elgin, IL, South Elgin, IL & Lake In The Hills, IL

Are you experiencing chest pain, extreme fatigue, and a strange craving for ice? You could have iron-deficiency anemia. The team of board-certified gastroenterologists at the Illinois Gastroenterology Group in Elgin, Illinois, has extensive experience in diagnosing the cause of your anemia and providing the most effective treatment available. This includes iron-infusion therapy provided at the Illinois Gastroenterology Group for your convenience and comfort. Schedule an appointment today for further evaluation regarding anemia. Call the office or try the easy-to-use online scheduling tool.

Iron Deficiency Anemia Q & A

What is Iron-Deficiency Anemia?

Your red blood cells use iron to create hemoglobin, which carries oxygen throughout your body. Without adequate oxygen, your cells can’t function properly. Iron-deficiency anemia occurs when you lack the iron your body needs to manufacture appropriate levels of hemoglobin.

What are the Symptoms of Iron-Deficiency Anemia?

Iron-deficiency anemia often starts slowly and worsens over time. You might not notice any symptoms initially, but as your iron levels continue to decline, you could experience:

  • Chest discomfort
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Hair loss
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Brittle nails

Individuals with iron-deficiency anemia can also experience cravings for unusual substances like dirt, chalk, or ice.

What Causes Iron-Deficiency Anemia?

Iron-deficiency anemia is a relatively common condition that affects more than 3 million people in the United States. Underlying causes vary and can include:

  • Inadequate iron intake through your diet
  • Inability to absorb iron in the small intestine due to digestive tract disorders
  • Internal blood loss

For women, iron-deficiency anemia can be brought on by heavy menstrual periods and something as natural as pregnancy.

Many people have iron-deficiency anemia for years without realizing it because the symptoms are often vague and easily blamed on other issues like fatigue due to a hectic schedule.

What is the Treatment for Iron-Deficiency Anemia?

At the Illinois Gastroenterology Group, the first stage of treatment includes accurately diagnosing the condition and its underlying cause. You can expect a thorough physical exam and a detailed discussion of your symptoms. Your specialist also recommends appropriate diagnostic studies that can include blood work, imaging studies, and other tests to uncover what’s causing the low iron levels.

Your treatment can include:

  • Oral iron supplements
  • Dietary changes
  • Treatment of the underlying condition causing your anemia

If you have extremely low iron levels or difficulty taking oral iron supplements, your gastroenterologist may recommend intravenous (IV) iron infusion.

IV iron infusion is provided in a relaxed setting at the Illinois Gastroenterology Group office for your comfort and convenience. It’s part of their long-term commitment to patient-focused health care.

Schedule an appointment at the Illinois Gastroenterology Group today for further evaluation regarding iron-deficiency anemia. Try their convenient online scheduling tool or give the office a call.