Posted: June 13th, 2022
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Time: 12:30 p.m
“My skin is turning pale, and my feet and hands are cold. I’m also exhausted.”
S.S. complains of her skin turning pale and feeling cold in her feet and hands when she visits the clinic. The patient claims that she has been experiencing these symptoms for three weeks. She says the icy sensation in her feet and hands is accompanied by headaches, chest pain, and dizziness, all of which subside after taking ibuprofen. She also claims that she is unable to walk long distances because she is out of breath and weak, in addition to being exhausted. She takes frequent breaks to gather her breath. She also mentions that, despite being a vegetarian, she has had an inclination to eat dirt. Since being diagnosed with positive HBV, the patient reports she has been avoiding meals. Pylori.
She denies blood in stool, states that the last colonoscopy was in 2010 with normal results.
Medications: Ibuprofen PRN for headache and chest pain Levothyroxine 0.50 mcg/daily for hypothyroidism
PMH: Hypothyroidism diagnosed in 2013
Medication Intolerances: None
She mentions that in 2009, she underwent a breast biopsy for suspected breast cancer, but the results were negative. Colonoscopy 2010 negative results.
Father died 20 years ago from coronary artery disease. Mother died 15 years ago from diabetes. Brother was diagnosed with colon cancer 2 years ago. Other siblings are healthy.
Patient holds a Bachelor’s degree in commerce. Patient worked as a bank manager before retiring. Patient is married and lives with her husband (74 years of age) and two grandchildren (19 years and 15 years of age). Patient does not consume alcohol, smoke or abuse drugs. Patient mentions putting on her seatbelt on always.
Patient reports feeling extremely fatigued, dizzy, and feeling weak. Denies, night sweats, fever, chills, weight change
Patient reports dyspnea and chest pain. Denies edema
Patient reports pale skin. Denies bruising,
Patient reports dyspnea and wheezing. Denies
rashes, or lesions
cough, hemoptysis, hx of pneumonia or TB
Patient wears corrective lenses, reports blurring vision
Denies abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, or changes in stool color or bowel movement
Denies discharge, hearing loss, ear pain, ringing in ears
Denies burning, changes in color of urine, urgency, or frequency or vaginal discharge
Denies nose bleeds or discharge, dental disease, sinus problems, dysphagia, throat pain, hoarseness,
Denies joint swelling, back pain, fracture hx, pain or stiffness, osteoporosis
Denies SBE, bumps, tumors, or changes
Reports feeling weak. Denies paresthesia, syncope, black out spells, transient paralysis, seizures
Denies hx of blood transfusion, bruising, swollen glands, cold or heat intolerance, night sweats, increase hunger or thirst
Patient reports being anxious. Denies sleeping difficulties, depression, suicidal attempts/ideation
Weight 130 lbs. BMI 21.0
Well-nourished and well-developed, normal asthenic. Excellent attention to grooming
Skin is pale. Clear to lesion, rashes or ulcers
Head is normocephalic/atraumatic without lesions; hair consistently dispersed. Eyes: PERRLA. Scleral injection or Conjunctival absent. EOMs intact. Ears: Bilateral TMs pearly grey with positive light reflex; landmarks easily visualized. Canals patent. Nose: Normal turbinate’s; nasal mucosa pink. Septal deviation absent. Neck: Supple. Full ROM; cervical lymphadenopathy and occipital nodes absent. Nodules or thyromegaly absent.
Oral mucosa moist and pink. Non erythematous pharynx without exudate. Teeth are in excellent repair.
Regular RR. Gallops and rubs absent. JVD absent. 2+ peripheral pulses in both dorsalis and both radialis bilaterally
Lungs clear to auscultation and percussion bilaterally. Wheezes, rhonchi and crackles absent
Abdomen soft, non-tender, non-distended; BS active X4 quadrants. No hepatosplenomegaly
Unstable gait. Cyanosis, clubbing, pitting edema absent. Full motion range. Joint deformities absent
Cranial nerves II-XII within normal limits. Deep tendon reflexes 2+ in both biceps and both knees.
Excellent insight and judgment. Oriented X4. Excellent recent and remote memory. Appropriate affect and mood.
Hemoglobin 9.8 g/dL (Low) Hematocrit 30.0 % (Low)
Mean Corpuscular Volume (MCV): 65 fL (decreased) RDW 16.0% (increased)
Platelet, Neutrophils, Mono, Eosinophils, basophils: WNL Serum ferritin levels: pending
Serum iron- pending Reticulocyte count-pending
Total iron binding capacity- pending
Further test: Serum ferritin levels
Total iron binding capacity
Iron Deficiency Anemia (IDA) D50.9: The primary diagnosis is iron deficiency anemia (IDA) D50.9, judging from the victims’ signs, physical results, and diagnostic findings. IDA is characterized by a lack of enough iron in the body; there exists little hemoglobin in the patients’ blood (Mantadakis et al., 2020). Hemoglobin plays an essential role in moving oxygen in the body. For hemoglobin to be formed, it requires various nutrients like iron, vitamins, and proteins. The signs and symptoms present in the disease include difficulty in breathing, getting exhausted quickly, tongue burn, cracks in the skin of the mouth, cold feet and hands, strange cravings, and several others. Hemoglobin and hematocrit that show levels of red blood cells indicated low levels in the lab test hence confirming the condition of IDA. S.S results gave 9.8 g/dL hemoglobin and 30% hematocrit, which are below the standard average of 12.0-15.5 g/dL in females and 80-96 fL red cells, respectively.
– Cold Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia (AIHA) D59.1Cold AIHA was the second possible disease characterized by dark urine, jaundice, chest pains, headaches, cold hands and feet, diarrhea, etc. The patient never presented the major symptoms of Cold AIHA; therefore, the condition was eliminated. Furthermore, the victim does not experience major risk aspects of Cold AIHA like family history of hemolytic disorders, particular cancers, or collagen-vascular infections. But once Coombs test findings are established negative for antibodies, there will be confirmation of lack of Cold AIHA. (Murakhovskaya, 2020).
– Thalassemia D56.1: The primary symptoms of Thalassemia include weakness, slow growth, yellowish skin, abdominal swelling, dark urine, and facial bone disorders (Jyothshna & Kumar, 2018). Thalassemia was eliminated since the patient never presented the significant symptoms of the condition. Furthermore, people from Italy, Greek, Africa, or Middle Eastern descent face increased risk factors for the condition, yet the patient is Caucasian.
Gastritis K29.70: Gastritis is a general term for a group of conditions with one thing in common:Inflammation of the lining of the stomach. The inflammation of gastritis is most often the result of infection with the same bacterium that causes most stomach ulcers or the regular use of certain pain relievers. ( Lenti, & Di Sabatino, A. (2020).
· Search for underlying cause and correct.
· Avoid transfusions, except in rare cases.
Ferrous sulfate 325 mg TID, ferrous gluconate 300 mg 1 to 3 tablets BID–TID or on an empty stomach 1 hour before meals
· Vitamin C (500 units) qd for 3 months
· Patient was educated on the significance of amplifying daily intake of iron-rich foods.
· Patient was educated to increase vitamin C intake
· Patient was advised to avoid drinking black tea.
· Increase dietary fiber to prevent constipation, which is a side effects of ferrous sulfate
· Patient scheduled for a follow-up appointment in 4 weeks, to repeat
· blood work after therapy. Patient was advised to contact the clinic if
· symptoms exacerbate or do not improve.
Referral GI for colonoscopy
Postmenopausal women with IDA (Test for colon cancer.)
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