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What are the symptons of too much iron?

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What are the symptons of too much iron?
Posted Mon, 22 Jul 2013 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Omer 58 minutes later

I am Dr.Omer and I am here to help with your query.

As you have said that you want to know the symptoms of high iron ( ferritin ) in body.

I don't have any other information , even your age , male or female .

Any how high iron in body is a disease known as heamochromatosis , it can be primary or secondary.

In primary heamochromatosis , a genetic family reason , a gene is defective , which should be causing stopping of iron absorption from intestines , when blood iron content is high , so that person keeps on absorbing high iron every day , can occur in you adults , or middle aged people.

In secondary heamochromatosis , usually a disease after birth , due to increased blood destruction , releasing iron in the body , liver failure , chronic ailments ( cancers , heart failure etc ).

Symptoms of primary are mostly joint pain ( hand fingers pain/ knee pain ) , change in skin colour ( greyish black tinge not colour ) , increased thirst , frequent urination , shortness of breath , lethargic , low mood , decreased appetite.

Secondary causes are usually hidden under the main cause like , you may be having sickle cell symptoms like headache , diabetes water in abdomen etc and secondary heamachromatosis is hidden under the main cause.

Just get a test of serum ferritin , TIBC total iron binding capacity , transferrin saturation , and that tension will be resolved.

Hope this helps.

Feel free to ask any further questions , take care.
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