Freaked by high levels of ferritin

Hi all

My recent blood test on 8th Feb came back with the following:

Biochemistry

CRP H 7.30 <5.0 mg/L

Ferritin H 564.5 20 - 150 ug/L

I was recovering from a cold when I did the blood test. SeasideSusie kindly interpreted the remaining results as far as B12, Vit D and Folate were concerned and they're in the mid range, so I am supplementing now accordingly.

But this high ferritin and crp is freaking me out a bit. I can't see my GP for a follow up till I get back to Oz in mid March. I read that ferritin levels can be reduced by donating blood, but that's not possible for me as I have Sjogren's Syndrome. I'm concerned that this high ferritin will cause irreparable damage :(

Is there a way of reducing ferritin? I'm fatigued and sooooo weary too. Any advice appreciated.

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  • Ferritin and CRP can both be raised with inflammation so could be due to infection. Don't panic and get retested when you have recovered.

  • Tracy59,

    It's haemochromatosis (iron overload) which requires venous withdrawal. Blood donation is the usual method but if the blood can't be used it can be withdrawn and destroyed.

    Ferritin is stored iron. It may be high due to inflammation or infection. Your GP will probably do a full blood count to see whether there are other indications of inflammation/infection and perhaps a full iron panel to check for haemochromatosis.

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