Hi everyone, I am new here. I hope that you are well.
I have been diagnosed with Genetic Haemochromatosis since 2011, I had a few venesections but have required no further treatment except for 6 monthly blood tests. With serum ferritin being at its lowest 11 and transferrin saturation being below 50% I was discharged into my GPs care. Despite requesting Tsat% on tests the lab have failed to return any results in a 12 month period. This, coupled with extreme fatigue, brain fog, blurred vision, unsteadiness, radiculopathy/pins&needles and terrible bone pain I started to press for more answers. I had also had a host of gastro problems which led to having an endoscopy revealing mild gastritis/duodenitis. My mother has PA so I asked for B12 and vit D tests alongside more bloods taken for Tsat% They came back low but within range... Tsat was above range. I read that IF & PCA tests were more conclusive so they were ordered. The IF was negative but the PCA was positive so now I await Haematology appointment as I'm also iron-avid and GP doesn't know what to do.
Trying to understand things is hard especially when sometimes it's difficult to think and having spent so much time of late actually resting in bed; life has to improve soon, I hope.
My last results saw B12 at 256, Vit D at 55 (both low), iron at 36 (high), SF at 27, Tsat at 72% (h), transferrin at 1.7(l). I haven't a recent Hb or folate level. I understand that a few of these are not optimum and I may struggle especially as I am vegetarian/vegan, and specialists want to keep certain levels low due to the Haemo. It seems that I am on a steep learning curve in a complex situation.
There are so many questions and I hope to share experiences with you all.
Thanks for reading; apologies for long post.