Finding a Doctor: Challenge for Patients with Anemia

Anemia is not a diagnosis – it is a symptom. Finding the reason for anemia can occur in a matter of moments, months, even years.  The process of investigating, ruling out causes and testing methods, altering diets, supplementation, undergoing iron injections, infusions, or whole blood transfusions might fail to eliminate the anemia.  

 Doctors of all disciplines are capable of diagnosing and treating anemia. However, during the journey to locate and cure the cause, a patient with anemia will likely see one of two types of specialists: a gastroenterologist or hematologist.

 The gastroenterologist will look for causes associated with (but not limited to) blood loss from the digestive system or problems of absorption. Some of the causes they will pursue can include celiac disease, H. pylori infection, bowel lesions or polps, hemorrhoids, and esophageal variances (varicose veins of the esophagus). They may include evaluation of the kidney function for the production of erythropoietin (EPO) – a hormone produced by the kidney that stimulates the bone marrow to make blood cells. These investigations can involve scopes, blood work, urine samples, biopsies, and scans.

 The hematologist will look for causes associated with the blood forming organs and the systems that manage misshapen blood cells or ones that are no longer of use. Blood work can provide clues to some of these causes, but generally a bone marrow aspiration procedure will be required.

 With handouts a patient should have the basic information needed to assure a complete diagnosis and to manage iron levels. Increase your level of knowledge, help family members, and track results with these other helpful forms, brochures, and books:

Get Your Iron Up Website

Guide to Anemia Book

The Personal Health Profile

Boost Your Ferritin


Browse our Iron Library for other resources.

18 comments (Add your own)

1. CS wrote:
Ironic post since you refuse to offer recommendations. Thanks for pointing out the obvious with no helpful solution! This comment will likely be censored out, but very disappointing.

Fri, January 9, 2015 @ 10:16 AM

2. Srob wrote:
My sister is battling with low iron lately. After two iron infusions, and a change to a high iron diet, with no success. Her diagnosis was her body is not absorbing the iron. She is now going through a gamut of tests, Blood work, endoscopy, colonoscopy, and know one can give her an answer as to how to correct it. Poor thing is so tired, she has a hard time getting out of bed every day. Has any one else ever experienced this, and if so, what did you do to correct it? Any advice would be helpful, Thanks Steve.

Wed, November 4, 2015 @ 4:13 PM

3. Bijo wrote:
My brother was suffering from anaemia. Whenever we went out for playing or any work he does he suddenly have a breathing problem such as shortness of breath and dizziness. Can you suggest us the best medicine or best doctor to cure his problem

Mon, February 15, 2016 @ 2:31 AM

4. Laine wrote:
Bijo - I had the same shortness of breath at the least activity, lightheadness, and extreme fatigue. Pulmonologist put me through over $4000 of tests (paid by me because I have a high deductible plan) with no negative results. PCP diagnosed severe anemia after routine blood work. Pulmonologist knew I had anemia and did nothing about it. My PCP had me in with a hematologist immediately, and hematologist had me in the hospital the next am for two pints red blood cells, followed by two units of iron. Both said I was at risk for a heart attack. Tests to determine cause of blood loss showed ulcers and gastritis. Now take Protonix for that. I feel like a new person. Your brother should check with a hematologist if he is having these problems.

Wed, March 16, 2016 @ 3:10 PM

5. Lizzi Federle wrote:
I have Anemia and this post really helped me learn about it. I'm doing a presentation on Anemia. Your Stories helped me get more insight and people's perspective on the topic.

Tue, May 24, 2016 @ 8:57 AM

6. Heyhey wrote:

Fri, December 23, 2016 @ 9:05 AM

7. Nonkululeko wrote:
I'm heavy flow which leads me to anemia, end up to hospital for blood transmission twice a year.i can't even concive
and I'm really desperate for a child don't know what to do anymore please help

Fri, January 6, 2017 @ 3:09 AM

8. wrote:
Not to be rude...but I agree with the comment at the top written by CS...not much help!

Mon, May 1, 2017 @ 11:15 AM

9. Daaisy wrote:
I have anemia but I don't know what doctor to go to I went to the Guadalupe and they didn't help me AT ALL not to mention the employees are really rude and hard on us I just want a Doctor (hematologist) that will actually take the time to explain to me exactly what I have and to help me find a cure because I've taken. Over 5 medications and nothing has helped :( and it's really hard for me to even do anything or even pick myself up I can't work the way I want to. If someone has an answer for me I would really appreciate it.!

P.s. I have Culinary under my dad and Amerigroup on my own.

Sun, May 21, 2017 @ 12:51 AM

10. Teri wrote:
I've walked through all these tests mentioned. I have a Hematologist and GI doctor. The endoscope found H Pylori which might be the cause. I took antbiotics and it went away. Well a year later, my sypmtoms are back, which my Hematologist warned me of. Sometimes it comes back. So now I am to get my blood checked and a stool check. This article is well written and accurate.

Sat, August 19, 2017 @ 2:40 PM

11. Susan George wrote:
Well if you are looking for doctors in new jersey then you can visit us, we are best in New Jersey

Tue, September 5, 2017 @ 2:03 AM

12. dhanshri wrote:
my brother is having every 3 months his bilirubin decreases and fever comes for almost 3 to 4 days..then after taking some medicines it comes in control..but because of that he becomes low for almost 10 days, at the first time we thought its a sign of jaundice and doing its treatment but after cure also it used to come in every 3 doctor told us what and why this is happening..then we searched and researched and now we come to know that it is anemia..still if we ask doctor they say that there is no cure for this.One time he has been admitted to hospital because of high we are always having fear that dont know when fever will come and skin and urine becomes yellow..he is too depressed now from this,we just dont know why is this happening to him all the time because of this he cant even work in office...we also tested everything and all internal body parts and blood is there any cure or my brother has to suffer this all his life :(

Thu, September 14, 2017 @ 6:02 AM

13. ANN wrote:
I have terrible symptoms similar to ones listed here. I am thinking of seeing an acupuncturist in nyc. I will share my results.

Wed, January 24, 2018 @ 7:16 PM

14. Dee Simms wrote:
Also look into disability insurance for severe anemia , because it causes short of breath and hard to do work for any long periods of time. So check into that too.

Wed, January 31, 2018 @ 10:54 AM

15. Dee Simms wrote:
Also look into disability insurance for severe anemia , because it causes short of breath and hard to do work for any long periods of time. So check into that too.

Wed, January 31, 2018 @ 10:55 AM

16. Willliam J wrote:
Yes,you are right really challenging issue for patients to finding a doctor now a days.Every time there is a big risk for patient's.But online world is very help full to patients to solve a problem.
Every lab test is very expensive but online world is very easy to find out the best lab tests online .

Tue, April 17, 2018 @ 8:26 AM

17. makgeta wrote:
My three months baby has Anenia,he is in a government hospital and they have been giving him only antibiotics I am really worried course I can't afford to take him to private hospital or specialist.he not looking good at all I am scared.

Thu, May 17, 2018 @ 3:29 PM

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