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Can a sluggish kidney cause abdominal pain with piles and anemia?

Hello I am 47 years old, with high blood pressure, I have recently been to the drs and have had some blood tests done and they came back that I have a sluggish kidney and am anemic, I am going to have a colonoscopy in a months time, since knowing this I have started to worry and I am having pains in my left side. I have over the years had piles which have been painful but I have treated them in the normal way, but I don't think I have lost blood to the extreme that I have now become anemic , being as I am 47 I have my concerns, but I have no family history of cancer
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
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Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

Decreased kidney function can itself produce anemia. And blood loss through piles can also be so much to cause anemia. Get your blood iron studies done to know the exact cause of anemia. If it is due to decreased kidney function you neex to take erythrpoietin injections. If your piles are not visibly bleeding get stool for occult blood test for blood loss. if that is present you can go ahead with colonoscopy.

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