Looking for information on arthritis related to Hereditary Hemochromatosis (HH)???? Anyone tested and found to have one or two HH genes and also been diagnosed with arthritis? Currently I am diagnosed with seroneg. arthritis and have H63D/H63D gene mutations. Currently I am taking; prednisone, MTX (SC), and Enbrel (SC). I've also been on a few others. that haven't helped either...... It's been over 2 years without relief. So now I'm questioning whether the HH mutation has anything to do with this. My iron panel is within the high end of normal. My rheumatologist believes that the HH genes are "just a coincidence" and do not have anything to do with the arthritis symptoms. I've yet to have a positive RF factor. All the other labs indicate RA.
just looking to figure out a way to push my PC and rheumy into further tests that will either rule in or out a REAL diagnosis before the meds I am on cause damage rather benefit. Changing doctors is not out of the question but I would really like to prompt without actually questioning if they know what the heck they are doing with my treatment. I am going for regular labs so I do know that currently there isn't a reason to stop any of the meds. I'm frustrated.