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So - My mother, ever the bearer of medical anomaly news from the family front (and random calls to tell me that the sweet old ladies I used to work with are dead), called today to let me know that my brother has tested positive for hemochromatosis.

We have a weird medical history in my family. I probably should never have children based on this history alone (but hey, I'm a white American, it's my birthright to ignore "good ideas"). The females in my family all have migraine conditions or epiliepsy. My mom has a lot of issues concerning her joints, arthritis, and recently high blood pressure. My father claims nothing is ever wrong with him until he puts off going to the doctor for so long that every trip = major surgery.

And looking through the list of conditions symptomatic of this condition it looks like a list of things that have cropped up in all four of us. Joints, arthritis, extreme fatigue, thyroid conditions, diabetes, issues with the liver, pancreas, and heart, etc. So I guess I'll have to add "get a blood test for hemochromatosis" to the other long list of things I should eventually see a doctor about. In reading about this thing, it's funny that it's so common because I don't think I've ever known anyone who had it. But then I don't tend to hang out with a lot of people in their upper 40's to 50's, either and that's when it typically presents.

Good news for my brother - treatment is typically a lot of blood donation to regulate the amount of iron in the blood. The bad news is that there is one thing my brother is deathly afraid of and it's needles.

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patientsvoice
Jun. 5th, 2007 11:16 am (UTC)
Hemochromatosis and Phlebotomy – Updated Blog
Hemochromatosis and Phlebotomy – Updated Blog

Hi

Thanks for all your help so far with our Hemochromatosis blog. The discussion has changed in the last few days so we would like to take this opportunity to invite you again to a research blog on Hemochromatosis. We are very interested in you attitude toward Phlebotomy and have therefore added a few new questions.


To take part please click this link

http://www.thepatientconnections.com/blog.asp?uid=44


The blog is anonymous and easy to use. Instructions are given on the blog so thanks in advance for your help it is much appreciated.


Best wishes

Belinda
The Patient Connection
Belinda.shale@thepatientconnections.com

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