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Are there any chances of getting hemochromatisis after menopause ?

I am 52 years old and have been in menopause (no periods) for approx 2 years. I have since gained about 40 pounds, and been very fatigued, and have had bouts of depression . I have been on blood pressure medicine for about 5 years now, but last time I was in the doctors office, about 2 weeks ago, it was 146/96. I read an article recently about hemochromatosis and remember that many years ago the doctor had told me that I that and had sent me to the hospital to have blood removed, then I had my period, and when I was tested again I was told my iron level was fine, and it was never brought up again. I didn t realize how dangerous it can be, and I am wondering if now that I no longer have periods if the issues I am having now could be signs that it is resurfacing? Should I ask my doctor for certain blood tests, and are there any other tests I should be asking for? I am 5 1, now weigh 160, and the only other medical issue I have is restless leg syndrome, which seems to have gotten less bothersome over the past couple of years, and am so tired all the time I feel like I can sit down and go to sleep at all times of the day. Do you have any advice on this?
Sun, 1 Jan 2012
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Haemochromatosis can be associated with excess iron in the body which can deposit in various organs and cause respective problems. You could be at risk for diabetes which makes it essential to get your blood sugar tested. Also check your liver function by various tests as exercised by your Doctor's discretion. Even heart and joints can be involved which needs to be assessed by your Doctor. What medications are you taking. Do you have joint pain, shortness of breath, chest pain, excessive sleepiness, weakness.
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General Surgeon Dr. Swapnendu Sekhar Ghosh's  Response
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please consult physician and get a check up
if you have ever been diagnosed with the problem of haemochromatosis ,get consultation with haematologist and get the tests done to have a diagnosis and treatment
serum iron level estimation will tell you whether you are having the problem and if it is there tests to be done to find out the cause and rule out any haemolytic problem

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