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Hemochromatosis And Thyroid Dysfunction
What are some potential causes of chronic fatigue? I've been tested for anaemia, thyroid disorders, mononucleosis and haemochromatosis, but no answer.
More Leaves to Turn: Fatigue unfortunately carries a significant amount of possible causes. It sounds as if your doctors are going through the process of eliminating some of the likely players. In the small space we have here, if the above mentioned work-ups were negative....I would take a close look at your bmi or body mass index. Food choices can make a big difference in how you feel hr to hr during the day. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It is possible: Hemochromatosis is a hereditary disorder which leads to iron overload in the body caused by excess iron absorption from the GI tract. The extra iron is deposited in various organs in the body including the heart, liver, joints, pancreas & thyroid glands. Iron can also be deposited in the brain & can lead to cognitive impairment. Depending on the location, it may cause paranoia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Being predisposed to hemochromatosis, is it okay to take iron supplements for incredible fatigue possibly due to anemia?
Certainly: Red meats are known for iron content in them, so avoid those, avoid foods high in vitamin c, as it increases iron absorption. Foods high in sugar should be avoided, as it increases iron absorption. Avoid raw shellfish.Alcohol in moderation, better off - none. Should eat - nuts, veggies, grains, rice, beans. Coffee and tea are fine if not consumed in excessive amounts. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Varies: Many times, it is only presented with high iron saturation and or iron storage without having any symptoms. However, the clinical manifestations of iron accumulation can include liver disease, elevation of liver enzymes, skin pigmentation, diabetes mellitus, arthropathy, impotence in males, and cardiac enlargement with or without heart failure or conduction defects etc. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It's relatively rare: Hemochromatosis is a disorder where a person has too much iron in the blood. This can cause significant problems as iron will deposit in areas like the hear and liver. While it is typically rare, it can be seen if someone takes too much iron supplement. Generally, men should not take iron if they are otherwise healthy. Women, on the other hand, are usually ok provided they are still mentruati. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Get treated or die: It's as simple as that. Common hereditary hemochromatosis is by far the easiest to manage of all the common, deadly diseases of young people. It announces itself as elevated liver enzymes, impotence, an odd skin color, sore joints at the base of the thumbs, glucose intolerance, or whatever. Accept therapeutic phlebotomy and you'll feel much better. If it's missed or neglected, it's deadly. Period. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No one in my family has ever been diagnosed with hemochromatosis or had any of the symptoms; how could I possibly have this disease?
Recessive genetics: Hereditary hemochromatosis is a recessive genetic disease - you have to inherit two mutations, one in each of your two hfe genes, to develop this condition. Your parents would be carriers but completely unaffected. What's more, only 10-15% of folks with two mutations ever get sick. The american hemochromatosis society (http://www.Americanhs.Org/) has more information. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A few: Lack of energy, abdominal pain, memory fog, loss of sex drive, heart flutters, irregular heart beat. When symptoms are associated with hemochromatosis, these usually begin in men in their late 20’s to early 30’s. In women, symptoms usually start about 10-15 years after they stop having a period due to menopause, birth control pills or hysterectomy. ...Read more
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