I have been diagnosed as having a blood disease which is named hemochromatosis. Hemochromatosis is a condition of a person absorbing too much iron from food.
I had known that my iron level was too high for the last ten years, as my physicians had mentioned in years past. Finally, someone is very concerned.
I have dealt with constant pain and fatigue my whole adult life. I regularly expressed this to my physicians, who would take x-rays, or perform other tests. Yet, each time results came back negative. I wondered many times if my physicians even cared or were just blowing me off.
I switched to a new physician who decided to request blood tests, and next thing you know, I’m seeing physicians with titles I never knew existed.
I have seen four different specialist in the past week alone. I have appointments with more in the coming weeks. I been scheduled for a MRI on my liver, thyroid and pancreas.
The only treatment is removal of blood until my iron levels are down. I just had my first removal this week, and will have blood removed weekly for the next three months. After that, I will have to have blood removed monthly for life.
I now must change my diet; shellfish consumption must cease. I must watch my intake of red meat, and stop the use of cast iron pans as the iron leaches out.
Physicians have informed me that if my iron levels are not controlled, iron could accumulate in my organs, and therefore become fatal.
This past month has been intense to say the least. I have a lot of lifestyle changes to make, but I will carry on.
On a good note, I saved money on my car insurance by switching to Geico.