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Recurrent coughing fits, hemochromatosis, anemia, sleeping difficulty, ankle swelling, back ache. Alternative treatments to increase blood count?

My wife has been in and out of A&E 4 times in the last 2 months due to coughing fits and general ill health feeling, she has a small amount of fluid on her left lung which is being treated with anti-biotics, she suffers from heamochromatosis and her blood count is very low after the treatment to remove the iron thru blood letting , she is now aneamic, from an iron count of over 3000 it dropped to less than 30 in a year of treatments, she is currently having difficulty sleeping , other symptoms are loss of energy, breathlessness and continuous coughing bouts, small bleeding from the nose, swelling of the ankles, sore throat (feeling of strangulation)and severe back ache. She is one of Jehovahs Witnesses and as a result will not take a blood transfusion under any circumstances although open to any other alternative treatments to increase the blood count to a normal level. The haemochromatososis was undiagnosed for a number of years during which time her hair fell out, it is now growing back again but very thinly. We recently bought a humidifier to help with her breathing. Her abdomen is swollen and she regularly feels bloated, varices in her lower asophogus and stomach have been banded.She is 61 yrs old, and has had cancer of the cervix treated successfully.
Asked On : Thu, 13 Dec 2012
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Hi and thanks for the query,

The past medical history of your wife deserves an in depth evaluation by a hematologist. It might be necessary to exclude any blood disorder, or rheumatologic disorder. Sleep disorder could be due to stress and psychotherapy and some drugs could give at least temporal relief. Kind regards
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