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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Do I Need Treatment?
My father dies of Hemochromatosis at 64. Two of his cousins (both male) were diagnosed shorlty after and are being treated. I have had symptoms for about 1 1/2 yrs. I do not have all blood test results but the rheumatologist that diagnosed it said saturation was 57% and total iron was on high side. I have on each of C282 and H63D - heterozygote - C reactive protein was slightly high (3.6) and BUN was slightly low. She sent me to a hemotologist who almost laughed saying there is nothing wrong with me and my symptoms were totally unrelated. I have arthritis in my hand and hips. I also have severe scoliosis and have a full spinal fusion. Maybe symptoms ARE unrelated but I would like your opinion. I am female, 44, still menstruating. Thank you for your help as I am struggling with this.
Thank you for visiting NetWellness. Checking a ferritin level will be very helpful in helping you and your hematologist determine whether or not treatment is indicated.
Mark Wurster, MD
Former Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University