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I've had fibro for a long time but saw another rheumatologist last week on referral from my GP and she says she thinks that my current problems (which include muscle pain, back pain, fatigue, cramping, nausea, etc) may be due to excess iron in the blood, which could be a sign of Haemochromatosis - an inherited disease. Too much iron in the blood can increase the symptoms of arthritis, which I already have. Apparently if left untreated it can go on to cause some very serious health issues such as cirrhosis of the liver, liver cancer, heart failure etc. scary thoughts. It's detectable by a very simple ferritin test but the test isnt done as a matter of course (I wonder why?!) I'm going for blood tests this coming week, so dont know the outcome yet. Just thought I'd pass this info on, as I'd never heard about having too much iron in the blood, only too little - eg anaemia.
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