Are there other causes of high iron besides hemochromatosis?

Posted by elmtree @elmtree, May 21, 2019

My iron saturation has been at 75% for at least a year (since I first checked). I was tested for hemochromatosis and found that I did not have it. I do carry one each of a couple of the genes for this. My total iron is 210.

C282Y: One copy of the C282Y mutation was identified.

H63D: Not detected.

S65C: One copy of the S65C mutation was identified.

I am wondering what could be causing this. My symptoms are fatigue, frequent mouth ulcers, and tongue swelling.

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Hello @elmtree. Did your provider suggest any possible reasons or further testing to be done to help find another cause? Here is another discussion you may want to check out to see what a few other members had to say about high iron counts in their blood, https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/iron-overload-in-blood/.

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The doctor who ordered the test thought my genes mean I could have a lighter version of hemochromatosis and he thought I should give blood. My general doctor does not think this is necessary because my ferritin is normal and I don't have any organ damage.

Thanks for the link.

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My 39 yr old son is suffering in pain missing work. On the verge of getting fired due to missed work. He filled out online request met ins requirement. And given appt for Jan 2022. Given his symptoms he wants to be seen while he still has ins from his 18yr employer. He is in constant pain. Has been undergoing blood withdrawls weekly for 2 yrs. Has seen Neuro-Gastro- Primary- ruled out MS and a bunch of other things. Cat Scans -Mri– His hemotologist said he has never seen someone to continue to have symptoms after there iron levels were in normal range. Has been suffering for 2 years.Has signed consent for all tests results from all of his doc to be sent. I will be driving him so my Daughter in law can stay home with all of my Grandkids.Any tips on getting in sooner. Please and thanks

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@judyn

My 39 yr old son is suffering in pain missing work. On the verge of getting fired due to missed work. He filled out online request met ins requirement. And given appt for Jan 2022. Given his symptoms he wants to be seen while he still has ins from his 18yr employer. He is in constant pain. Has been undergoing blood withdrawls weekly for 2 yrs. Has seen Neuro-Gastro- Primary- ruled out MS and a bunch of other things. Cat Scans -Mri– His hemotologist said he has never seen someone to continue to have symptoms after there iron levels were in normal range. Has been suffering for 2 years.Has signed consent for all tests results from all of his doc to be sent. I will be driving him so my Daughter in law can stay home with all of my Grandkids.Any tips on getting in sooner. Please and thanks

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Hi @judyn, I can imagine how concerned you are for your son's health and the complications with work absences and the threat of losing insurance. Has your son called Mayo Clinic to let them know about the terms of his insurance and the need to get an appointment sooner? Is he able to get a leave of absence from his work without losing his insurance until his health improves?

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@colleenyoung

Hi @judyn, I can imagine how concerned you are for your son's health and the complications with work absences and the threat of losing insurance. Has your son called Mayo Clinic to let them know about the terms of his insurance and the need to get an appointment sooner? Is he able to get a leave of absence from his work without losing his insurance until his health improves?

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Thanks for responding. He has missed a lot of work over the past few years. They are very short staffed. Last time he called in. His boss said I have a business here to run are you going to come in today or not. He has been hospitalized twice for kidney stone surgery. And once for gallbladder surgery. And the last diagnosis for a neurology consult and work up. We live in Las Vegas and they can fire you for any reason. Since he has given them Many call ins . When he talk to scheduling he was told the next appointments are in January 2022 .

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