I have to donate blood occasionally to get the iron levels in my blood within normal ranges, as suggested by my last nurse practitioner, after reviewing my blood test results. Can this condition be causing me to be a more anxious person? What could be causing me to have high iron levels in my blood? What are long term side effects from having this condition?
Hello G Mc
Hemochromatosis otherwise known as HH is a genetic/hereditary disorder.
Hemochromatosis is not know to cause anxiety. Instead, it's more likely to cause depression and give your skin tone a greyish tinge.
Another common side effect is fatigue.
HH as you know is a condition caused by having to much iron (ferritin protein) in the blood. If you suffer from HH you must get your blood drawn several times a year, otherwise the ferritin protein is stored and remains in your body. The organs that are effected most are the Liver, Pancreas, and heart.
It's important to note, If your levels were high but caught early your symptoms would be mild inflammation conditions. You'd be more apt to suffer inflammation diseases such as dizziness, arthritis, osteoarthritis or irregular heart rhythms.
If however your iron levels got too high the ferritin in your iron would become stored in organs such as the heart, liver and pancreas. If that happens more serious conditions such as diabetes, cirrhosis of the liver and even heart attacks can occur.
These more serious conditions should not happen if you get your ferritin protein levels checked on a regular basis.
Lastly, if the ferritin levels do get high the treatment is to give a pint of blood to your local hospital.
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