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What are some of the symptoms of hemochromatosis?

What are some of the symptoms of hemochromatosis?

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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Hemochromatosis (Definition)

A medical condition caused by iron accumulation in the body. It can be the result of underlying hereditary disease or be due ...Read more


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What are the symptoms of hemochromatosis?

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 more

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Please doctor, i want to know what are the symptoms of hemochromatosis?

Please doctor, i want to know what are the symptoms of hemochromatosis?

Many: Usually it's picked up as elevated liver enzymes / other labs, but once the hemochromatosis patient is treated by removal of blood / iron, they usually say, "wow! i no longer have the blahs." impotence, arthritis at the thumb base, the gray skin, lots more, all self-heal when it's treated. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of having hemochromatosis?

Subtle: Simply feeling unwell. Arthritis worst at the base of the thumb is said to be quite suggestive. Erectile dysfunction in a man. When the symptoms become obvious, the damage is already massive. ...Read more

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Does anyone know some facts about hemochromatosis?

Does anyone know some facts about hemochromatosis?

Common & easy: In the common form, the gut absorbs iron too well -- something of a plus, but too much iron will ruin the liver, pancreas, adrenals, heart, sex drive, and joints (base of thumb especially) and turn you gray. Easy to test for by labs, and easy to treat by draining a pint or two of blood every week. Maybe one person in 200 has the genes to get it, and some still get missed. ...Read more

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No one in my family has ever been diagnosed with hemochromatosis or had any of the symptoms; how could I possibly have this disease?

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 more

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What are the symptoms of iron overload, hemochromatosis?

What are the symptoms of iron overload, hemochromatosis?

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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Are there support groups for polycythemia/ hemochromatosis in dallas tx area? What is a list of symptoms for these disorders? Thank u.

Search Internet: I found many online support groups for polycythemia by searching for "polycythemia search group" (http://goo.Gl/u06c9s). I'd suggest asking those members for assistance in your area. Same goes for hemochromatosis support groups (http://goo.Gl/8yvkzb). As for symptoms, check out http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/polycythemia-vera/ds00919 & http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/hemochromatosis/ds00455. ...Read more

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Can you still get symptoms of hemochromatosis while breastfeeding at age 44?

Not really: In hemochromatosis, not only excess deposition of iron occurs in liver, pancreas, heart, joints but can also deposit in pitutary gland (gland in the brain), which can cause hormonal imbalance. However, females are usually less affected than male. ...Read more

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Is phlebotomy an effective treatment for hemochromatosis after symptoms have been allayed?

Yes: Yes, phlebotomy is the most effective treatment for hemochromatosis, both to control symptoms and prevent complications. ...Read more

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What is hemochromatosis & what is the symptom's and treatment - we understand it is heredity, however no one in family effected no more to give

Deadly to miss: Hemochromatosis is a genetic tendency to absorb iron overly well through the gut. This has its plusses but in the long run, in the absence of bleeding or iron loss from periods / pregnancies, too much iron accumulates. The liver failure, diabetes, joint pain at thumb base, dark skin are familiar; it's the easiest really bad disease to treat (drain blood) & folks feel much better. ...Read more

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Hemochromatosis: is it possible to be in 30's & post hysterectomy (have left ovary) to have symptoms develop over a 2 yr period? Testing? How is dx?

Hemochromatosis: is it possible to be in 30's & post hysterectomy (have left ovary) to have symptoms develop over a 2 yr period? Testing? How is dx?

Hemochromatosis: It is hereditary disease and has nothing to do with your operation and age. It starts in child hood and diagnosed in 50's&60'. The tests are hemoglobin, hematocrit, serum iron, tibc, %saturation, ferritin. Gold standard for diagnosis is liver biopsy with dried tissue iron & deposit in tissue. Mri is also used. Later family screen and counseling done. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can a person with skin bronzing symptom have hemochromatosis if his liver function tests are normal?

Can a person with skin bronzing symptom have hemochromatosis if his liver function tests are normal?

Yes: Patients with hemachromatosis do not always have elevated liver enzymes. It is possible to have bronzing of the skin without elevated liver enzymes. All of these manifestations would be uncommon at 19 years old as end organ damage generally takes decades. ...Read more

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My serum cortisol 8am test is normal but i show symptoms like skin bronzing & others.Can I have hemochromatosis? I'm 19 yrs and female. Need help :(

Please see doctor: You really need to see your doctor to determine what is causing the bronzing you've described. I previously mentioned hemochromatosis because those who have it may appear bronzed. However, it is not a common disorder. You merit a comprehensive evaluation by a physician who will take a thorough history and perform a physical exam to determine if you need any testing. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Can a 19 yr old girl have hemochromatosis and show symptoms such as skin bronzing?

Can a 19 yr old girl have hemochromatosis and show symptoms such as skin bronzing?

Not likely: Hemachromatosis usually manifests in women after menopause. See this site for more information. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hemochromatosis/ds00455/dsection=symptoms. ...Read more

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Hemochromatosis - do I have to be a gene carrier to have symptoms? My gastro is just ck for gene not actual blood levels. Seems he may be skip a step?

Gene's not the key: If you're shown to be iron-overloaded, the key is "get the iron out of you." it's fun and good to go looking for the gene, and it'll be helpful for when other family members need to be worked up, but it's not going to make or break the diagnosis. There are a couple of common alleles at the main locus, some uncommon alleles and some other loci -- all part of a thorough workup. ...Read more

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I'm concerned I may have hemochromatosis. I have chronic fatigue, anxiety, occasional depression, symptoms that seem to suggest the "iron fist" & more?

Hemochromatosis: I suspect you have looked this up on the web. Make a list of your symptoms and concerns and see your doctor. Your medical history will be recorded, you will be examined and appropriate labs will be ordered. I hope everything turns out OK. ...Read more

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