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High Iron & Ferritin levels- no energy?

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  • Posted By: hannah06
  • February 13, 2007
  • 03:23 AM

i got my blood test results back yesterday i was expecting my iron levels to be very low because i never have any energy and i am always tired but instead my iron and ferritin levels were very High :confused: so how is it i have too much iron and never have any energy? also does anyone have any idea as to why my levels are so high and what i could do to bring them down to a more normal level? thanks

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  • Hi, I too just found out that my Iron Serum Level is too high, I also have a bladder infection, which from what I read could cause the iron levels to be too high? Did you have a bladder or UTI infection when your Iron was too high? Or do you drink alcohol or do you take Iron or daily vitamins?Those could all make the levels go up.
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    • September 24, 2008
    • 03:24 PM
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  • Ferritin is often elevated in people with inflammation and sometimes it is seen in some liver disorders. You might want to ask them to check your wbbc, sed rate, crp and lft's. Kiera
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 25, 2008
    • 06:57 PM
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  • You could have Iron Overload Disease (hemochromatosis.) It can lead to severe fatigue. Good news, it's completely treatable... if its found early enough. Ask your doctor.
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  • When Iron is too high there is some type of inflammation. However, You both should get some blood work done.. For instant, request to have Free T3, Total T4, TSH, Serum Iron % Saturation and Total Iron Binding Capacity.. If you TSH is low there can be some issues with your thyroid and it can explain about your Ferritin being too high. I suggest seeking a hormone specialist. They can help you.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 23, 2010
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  • i got my blood test results back yesterday i was expecting my iron levels to be very low because i never have any energy and i am always tired but instead my iron and ferritin levels were very High :confused: so how is it i have too much iron and never have any energy? also does anyone have any idea as to why my levels are so high and what i could do to bring them down to a more normal level? thanks[/QUOTEIf you have hemochromatosis, one of your parents would probably have it too. I don't have it but had high ferritin levels due to lack of a good diet and physical exercise. I have been going to a nutritionist and he has helped me to get it down to normal. I have been donating blood 2 times a year and that will also help control it. If you have hemochromotosis, I believe you can't donate blood. Diet is the main thing. I eat smaller portions more often during the day. Eat fiber. Find a doctor that understands the issue and doesn't want to just treat with medications.Good luck!
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  • Hi, I have been stressed out all last week because my doc said I have raised levels of Serrum Ferritin. On the chart it said anything greater then 50 was considered high. Mine was 78. Everything else on the test was fine and the blood work was a fairly extensive test across the board. I have almost felt like starving myself because it seems like every food I like to eat has alot of iron in it. I have been drinking more milk and really cut down on red meats. I have still eaten chicken but only the breast. I have avoided alcohol all together but I have always in the past never been much for alcohol.I had an adomen ultrasound done on Thursday and I am still waiting the results. The ultrasound guy said other then my liver being a bit fatty, he felt it was normal looking. He might have just said that to calm me down, lol. My doc also wants me to do another blood test for the gene HFE. I am a 37 year old male and I am just on the tail end of a major cold so my health hasn't been the greatest in the last couple of months. Is 78 considered really high? Is that enough to cause damage to my liver, heart and pancreas? Am I young enough to have caught the early stages of heamocromatosis if I test positive for it next week? I have had blood work done just 2 or 3 years ago and everything was normal then. I am thinking lack of good diet and exercise would probably be part of my problem. Thanks for your time.
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  • Ferritin is often elevated in people with inflammation and sometimes it is seen in some liver disorders. You might want to ask them to check your wbbc, sed rate, crp and lft's. KieraWhat is wbbc sed rate crp and lfts
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