Hi- I'm hoping someone here can help or point me in the right direction.
I'm 69 yr old male. I had a bad accident in 2013 involving six months in hospital and got a new spine out of it all. After coming off the opioids , I experienced severe restless legs. While researching this affliction , I got my doctor to test my ferritin level. It was over 1000!
After doing the rounds of blood and liver specialists , and all the tests , I know I'm not genetically hemocromatic ( even though Celtic background) have healthy liver , abdomen , heart etc. I'm a medical mystery.
Ferritn levels were-- 2010 -- 136
2013 (ICU) 3000+ (Transfusions)
2015/16 between 1100 and 1200 measured every few months.
Experts are stumped.
I'm wondering if osteoarthritis in lower back is enough to cause this? *Inflamation) I'm quite fit and healthy otherwise.
Phlebotomy is the next proposed action.
Question-- if I'm otherwise perfectly healthy , should I be worried at all with the high ferritin? --(concerns about cancer , diabetes etc,etc?)
Or should I try the phlebotomy and see how it goes?
Am I missing anything?
I appreciate your attention and welcome any comments or tips or pointers.