HYPOCHONDRIA? (A little humor in today)

Maybe Iโ€™m bordering on every little symptom…… After spending a week in the hospital with pneumonia in July I really worry needlessly about my health. Or am I? I have a primary care, an endocrinologist, a neurologist, an oncologist, a breast surgeon, an allergist, a rheumatologist, a pain specialist, an anesthesiologist, a few different pathologists, […]

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HEMOCHROMATOSIS and BREAST CANCER

Nine years ago I was diagnosed with Hereditary Hemochromatosis. It had been years since I had really felt well. I wasnโ€™t sick, per se. Just unwell. I worked a physical job in the retail sector. Had been full time live-in caregiver to my mother in law with Alzheimerโ€™s. I thought this is what life is […]

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CLINICAL PRESENTATION OF HEMOCHROMATOSIS

History and Physical Examination Patients with hereditary hemochromatosis may be asymptomatic or may present with general and organ-related signs and symptoms. Symptoms from hemochromatosis usually begin between age 30 years and age 50 years, but they may occur much earlier in life. Most patients are asymptomatic (75%) and are diagnosed when elevated serum iron levels […]

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WHAT IS HEPCIDIN?

Hemochromatosis was for many years thought to be a rare genetic disorder. But today we know that it results from the inheritance of an abnormal recessive gene from each parent. One in every 150 to 250 white people is affected, research shows. Itโ€™s less common among blacks and practically nonexistent among Asians. The disease rarely […]

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HEMOCHROMATOSIS IN ITALY

As caregiver to my husbands mother (1999-2004) with Alzheimer’s Dementia I was at the beginning of my journey with iron overload. I guess you could say I was pretty self absorbed with my own health especially since I had also been diagnosed with breast cancer (stage 0- non invasive). When my mother in law in […]

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A SLUG IN THE IRON.

I found this on Facebook and had to stop and ponder…… I thought about this for less than a minute. As someone who has iron overload…. maybe the iron needs: 1- a therapeutic phlebotomy every week for 6 months? 2- Epsom salts to chill out in a nice warm bath? 3- a new iron? (I’m […]

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