A LITTLE MORE INFO TOO MUCH IRON (or too little iron; anemia)
(I am a post menopausal woman. What I describe is my own personal journey for an accurate diagnosis followed by maintaining my iron level in a healthy range. Please use my information as a beginning. Add it in your own conversation with your doctor.)
If you and I are related by blood you ABSOLUTLEY SHOULD be discussing your family history of Inherited Hemochromatosis! Sister Nurse is incorrect in her ‘professional opinion’ regarding management of my Inherited Iron Storage Disease (Hereditary Hemochromatosis). Blindly placing faith into an uneducated person provides a absolute basis of failure.
As iron accumulates in the body the follow symptoms may accure:
BRAIN FOG (rusting caused by the abundance of Iron freely mixing within a contained area is the perfect breeding ground for inflammation.)
Fatigue ( Red blood cells filled with Too much Iron prevent oxygen from reaching organs.)
MOOD SWINGS; especially ANGER- the body is under constant fight or flight survival. Excess iron particles form sharp daggers-like accumulations in joints and organs. The body attempts flight for survival. “Let’s get rid of this iron crap!” It’s a fight for survival and the instinct to battle the ever accumulation iron stores is continuous and very real battle for life or death. This is a real disease with real physical symptoms.
DIGESTIVE PROBLEMS as iron builds-up in the gut. (After many years of living with Too Much Iron the digestive track believes all nutrition is harmful. It does not absorb any good or bad nutrients.The 1 constantlyabsorbed nutrient is the only one not needed, Iron.
ANXIETY (constant oxytivate stress of cells is also known as living with rust inside your body. Reimagine your body as an old car; a Model T. Every morning you awaken your body by turning the crank just to function. Your blood has turned into rusty sludge in the hours of sleep. Do you think that sludge is going to automatically turn back into free flowing blood with a single crank? No. It hurts and it causes stress! Hence anxiety does exist but can be managed. Notice I did not write ‘cure’?
DEPRESSION (yes, it is sad living with chronic disease. I’ve since been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Breast Cancer and Graves Disease; hyper thyroid. Similar to Anxiety, depression can be managed.
FARIGUE AFTER MEALS (insulin resistance) (the pancreas is usually one of the first organs to be bombarded with Too Much Iron.)
MEMORY LOSS (exhaustion from all of the above can cause Memory Loss. It can be managed.
JOINT PAIN ( the synovial fluid inside the sacks surrounding each joint is a warm and inviting host for excess iron. Once inside the iron particles join together forming hook or beak like creatures with the formal medical term of ‘pseudo-gout’. Similar to Gout but since there is not any uric acid involved as with gout, the term ‘pseudo’ or mimicking every detail of true gout. Treatment for Gout is dietary. The only treatment for Pseudo Gout is after the pain becomes further advanced the joint maybe replaced.)
WEIGHT LOSS/GAIN (Personally my weight has increased from inactivity of the disease. Iron is EXTREMELY heavy in the bloodstream so it forces the heart to work harder as it pumps.)
HEAVY METAL pumping through your blood vessels resulting in blood pressure changes and more inflammation in your arteries. TOO MUCH IRON is painful and it is exhausting!
Taking an extra tube of blood during routine labs for a Ferritin Test is a simple and easy request. Every patient, even not at risk of Hemochromatosis, should request it of their healthcare provider. Too little ferritin could explain the same symptoms. Remember Ferritin is a binder. It attaches itself to iron.
Too little ferritin could signal anemia.
Too much ferritin could signal Hemochronatosis.
TOO extreme IN ANY BLOOD TEST is important! Blood work should be interpreted over a range of years. A slowly climbing ferritin blood test over several years could be the beginning of Hemochromatosis. A declining test rate could signify anemia developing. Either way your medical professional should be paying attention!
Congestive heart failure
(Male only- low sex drive. Iron stores in testicles!)
Yes, many of the symptoms caused by having Much Iron could also be psychiatric symptoms. The iron should be removed before psych meds are used. Without a list of ingredients Taking an anti depressant or anti anxiety medication could add iron! It could cause liver problems. It’s wise to have this discussion with your HH Doctor.
It’s also possible there is overlap of symptoms. Treat each one until it clears. I will be breaking down symptoms individually over the coming weeks.
Iron is EXTREMELY heavy in the bloodstream. It forces the heart to work harder as it pumps. Heavy metal pumping through your blood vessels resulting in blood pressure changes and more inflammation in your arteries. Yes just like an old rusted car.
Taking one extra tube of blood during routine labs could save your life! When should your Ferritin be checked? The test timing varies on age, medical history, etc. do start the conversation with your primary care medical team early on rather that when its too late. A Ferritin Test is a simple and easy to request. It is just an addition tube of blood! Every patient, even not at risk of Hemochromatosis, should request this test of their healthcare provider.
A slowly climbing ferritin blood test over several years could be the beginning of Hemochromatosis. A declining test rate could signify anemia developing. Either way your medical professional should be paying attention!