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Osteoarthritis Warning! Hemochromatosis.

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  • Posted By: Strype
  • March 2, 2009
  • 08:24 PM

Hi ladies and gentlemen. I wanted to share something with those of you who have been diagnosed with osteo and other forms of arthritis.

My father died from RA in 2005. My joints started hurting the next year. I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis at the age of 26. I just knew that I had RA. I had an RA screening and it was negative.

Fast forwarding, it turns out that I have Hemochromatosis. This is a genetic iron overloading disorder. Osteoarthritis is just the first symptom of it. It is completely treatible if found in time. 1 in 200 people have this. If have an Irish, Scottish, Brittish, or even a Swedish or Netherlands background and you have osteoarthritis or a similar joint problem you fit the bill.

If you are like me and you fit the "young person with arthritis" criteria, please do yourself a favor and have your iron level and "serum ferritin" checked. It may save your life, and those of your family and children as well. It is a simple blood test that can be done at your dr's office.

Take it from me. I was happy enough to know I did NOT have RA. I was happy just knowing I had osteoarthritis at a young age. For 2 years I was happy with this until a small hiccup on a blood test led my doctor to investigate further.

Had she not found this, I'd have been dead 5-15 years from now.

Thanks for your time, and my heart is with all of you RA sufferers. It took my father from me. God Bless.


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  • I wanted to add on this stream.. My husband was diagnosed with Osteoarthritis at the age of 30!.. really come one. Now me being a lab tech i did my homework and drew his blood and tested him for the HFE gene.Come to find out he carries on of the mutations! Of course the doctors didn't do the test because of the stereotypes of him being a non-Caucasian.. but do the doctors realize that Hispanics are not all alike? Their backgrounds come from Spaniards that are partial Caucasian..So now I have to prove to the doctors that OA and Hemochromatosis to hand in hand.. for which the joint pain...Nice to see that someone else has the same symptoms..
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