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My Father Diagonised With Hemochromotosis Does That Mean I Get It
Yes: Your dad has a storage disease that may cause trouble, and if his hemochromatosis is primary, he'll need to get rid of the iron by phlebotomy -- easy enough. If you mean "concerned about your own health", if your parents aren't close blood relatives you're unlikely to get niemann pick's, but the hemochromatosis gene is quite common and it's worth screening you just like everybody else. ...Read more
My father has niemann pick's disease type c and also hemochromatosis. What can you tell me about these conditions?
Hard and easy: Coincidence. Niemann-Pick is a genetic disease of variable severity. Hemochromatosis is a very common disease in which storage iron is increased; it is extremely easy to manage by phlebotomy. There's a new orphan drug that may be available to manage Nieman-Pick. Best wishes. ...Read more
There's an hemochromatosis health issue in my family. My grandfather had it, but not my father. What are the chances that I have the disease?
Low, probably: If your granddad had hereditary hemochromatosis caused by homozygous mutations of the hfe gene, then your father has at least one mutation. Your mom may be a carrier - this is pretty common: about 1/9 people with a northern european background have 1 mutation. So your risk of inheriting 2 mutations may be about 3%. However, 75-90% of individuals with 2 mutations never get sick. ...Read more
My father has a diagnosis of hemochromatosis. My blood lab results seem ambivalent to me. Insight would be appreciated. I have blood tests with me?
Hemochromatosis: The most important thing to know is that all of your first degree relatives need to be examined and have lab tests and genetic testing for hemochromatosis. In some cases imaging may need to be performed. See this link for more info:http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/hemochromatosis/diagnosis-treatment/diagnosis/dxc-20167322 ...Read more
Hemochromatosis: is it possible to inherit both mutated genes from one parent, or is it always one from each parent?
One per parent: It's exceptional to inherit two alleles at one locus from a single parent, though there's some exceptional cases. Here's a heads-up, though -- hemochromatosis can occur in someone with just one dose if he/she takes in a lot of iron for some reason. Of all the highly lethal common diseases, hemochromatosis is the easiest by far to manage. ...Read more
Inherited: Most primary hemochromatosis is passed parent-to-child, especially if each parent supplies one defective gene, though people with a single dose may be affected. If you're not familiar with basic genetics, you need to become familiar with the terminology as it's basic to life and understanding health and disease in the 21st century. ...Read more
I have hemochromatosis and had my first phlebotomy yesterday. I was to get 300cc out. My blood was so thick it took 1.5hrs to get 200. Why is my blood like that and the risks?
Iron overload: This disease, if advanced, causes increased red blood cells, increased iron, and "thick blood". You may not be well hydrated. Are you on an aspirin? You need to see a hematologist or a GI doctor who deals with this illness & have a good treatment area with experienced phlebotomists. Drink lots of water the day of and be patient. You may have to go every 1-2 weeks for a while & follow closely. ...Read more
What to do if I have hemochromatosis have to give blood. Can you get medical retirement on this or not. Just asking than?
Not a disability: Of all the common diseases that will kill a person horribly if they are missed or neglected, hemochromatosis is the easiest to manage. Dropping off a unit or two of blood each week -- whether it's available for transfusion or not -- until you're at a good iron level, then being followed and having blood drawn as required, will keep you healthy. I hope this isn't a disappointment. Best wishes. ...Read more
I have hemochromatosis and recently I have been having really bad headaches x 3 weeks a vision more blurry. Could this mean my ferritin level elevated?
Probably not: Look for a different cause. A good neuro exam is in order. ...Read more
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 more
Is it possible for a person to get iron overload from eating a lot of meat but doesn't have gene for hemochromatosis?
I get darting pains all over my body. I also feel hot on the inside of hands arms legs etc. Note I do have psoriasis & hemochromatosis. What could this b?
Impossible to say: These symptoms are very unlikely to be related to either of your conditions. See a rheumatologist. ...Read more
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
Iron overload: This is a genetic tendency to absorb iron too readily through the gut, overloading and damaging the organs. Of all the common, deadly diseases that disable and kill young adults, this is by far the easiest to manage by removing blood and thus iron. Consider yourself fortunate. Secondary hemochromatosis is due to repeated transfusions and is more difficult to care for. Glad you're diagnosed. ...Read more
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 more
Hemochromatosis: Genetic metabolic disorder of the utilization of iron and can lead to tissue Fe deposits which can have serious side effects to those organs, especially the liver. ...Read more
Yes: Untreated, it's lethal. If it's unrecognized, your elevated liver enzymes may lead to your being accused of being a secret problem drinker. You'll lose your sexuality, develop arthritis, and eventually turn yellow, bloat up, and die over several years. It's not pleasant. If you are diagnosed with hemochromatosis, be aware that it's the easiest of all the killers to keep under control. ...Read more
Glad it's diagnosed: Of all the common, dread diseases, this one is the easiest to manage. I'm going to assume this is primary hemochromatosis not secondary to transfusion for some other lifetime illness. Your friend will be treated with regular phlebotomy and will start feeling a whole lot better in a short time. ...Read more
Too much bodily iron: As a result of the inability to increase iron loss, iron overload is an inevitable response to increased iron entry into the body. This can occur by one of three mechanisms - nutritional intake, increased absorption, parenteral sources (i.e. Transfusions). Hemochromatosis is abnormally high absorption of iron as result of a genetic defect. Extra iron can be toxic. ...Read more
1 in 200: It's extremely common, and of all the common, serious diseases, it is the easiest to manage. If it's discovered relatively late, the person realizes they've had "the blahs" for years once phlebotomy removes the excess iron. ...Read more
Can be deadly: Over time, excesses of iron build up in major organs such as the heart, liver, pancreas, joints and pituitary. If the extra iron is not removed, these organs can become diseased, causing conditions like diabetes mellitus, irregular heart beat or heart attack, arthritis, cirrhosis of the liver or liver cancer, gall bladder disease, depression, impotence, infertility, hypothyroidism, hypogonadism. ...Read more
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