Scientist Noah Scheinfeld advises in journal article that Physicians should be aware that heavy bleeding is a side reaction to Adalimumab treatment and could consider birth control pills as a treatment.
Heavy periods can be caused by other reasons too and they are covered by excellent sites in great detail:
1) Menstruation in adolescents – whats normal
2) Iron deficiency anemia – because heavy bleeding can be one cause of anemia and this would need both nutrition and medical attention.
3) Causes of iron deficiency anemia – because one form of anemia may be from iron deficiency from a range of specific causes. This a New York Times health article and is very thorough.
The articles list in detail many causes and details of heavy bleeding. One of them is pregnancy and miscarriage. So rule that out first before continuing to investigate a medical issue. These articles are amazing in their depth of coverage.
Nutrition is above all most important for a healthy iron level. Take good advice on nutrition, but remind the nutritionist that you could have low haemoglobin anemia and yet have a high iron overload. This may be true in cases of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Anemia can cause heavy bleeding: It is possible to have heavy bleeding from anemia. So, it is a vicious cycle – anemia causes heavy bleeding and this could cause anemia. So, it could be dangerous if nutrition is not monitored and managed to cure the anemia with iron rich foods and mineral rich fruits.
Iron Absorption: The articles cover the range of minerals that aid in iron absorption like Magnesium, Vit C and B 12. So, include this in your diet. Oranges and limes are a must with an iron rich diet of Spinach and meat. Include with stress release to help relax and rest. Anemia needs rest and relaxation and food.
Encourage your scientists in this field: Noah Schienfeld is a leader in this field of research of heavy bleeding and adalimumab. He would be encouraged and inspired by your words of encouragement and your specific questions. Scientists work in isolation and are often not rewarded directly by the people they reach. If you have been bleeding heavily after a treatment of MAbs that healed another serious inflammatory issue, and
Do shower him with accolades and gratefulness and encourage him and his colleagues to speak at your invited gathering and treat him like a celebrity. He will be surprised and happy. Trust me!
Correspondence: Noah Scheinfeld, St Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center, Department of Dermatology, New York, NY 10029, USA, NSS32@columbia.edu