Is it important to get a fasting iron test? Mine were okay, but were not done fasting.
I was told to fast for 12 hours before and get the tests done in the morning.
I have just got my hemochromatosis results and I am Heterozygous for C282Y, so just one gene. It mentions on the results that you can apparently still overload to some degree, which I am. My saturation is down from 62% to 51% (20-40% recommended), and my ferritin is down from 175 (150 recommended) to 121. My iron is down from 28 to 26.
Merlyn, nice to hear someone else felt better after having blood tests taken. LOL. I'm 47 so coming up to the time of menopause I'll have to watch the iron levels closely. I haven't slept once during the daytime since Tuesday morning when I had the blood tests done, first time since Xmas day, and I have quite a lot of energy, it's really refreshing! Now I've just started menstruating so will be fine for the next 7 days or so, until the fatigue builds up again.
Must also mention that I have no spleen (lost it in a car accident at 13yrs of age). I don't know if that has any effect on iron levels as it is a storage area, but it certainly gives me strange white blood counts and always has. Other than that never had a problem without it. Some other stuff has shown up on the blood tests. High ANA Titre - Speckled, so off to the Doc again to see what that's about.
I had to ring my Dad and tell him, and went to visit my sister too as they need to be tested for Hemochromatosis now. As I said my sister has MS, my brother has serious liver disease, so he'll need to get the HH tested for sure.
I'll keep you informed on the progress in the iron saga. No doubt I'll end up being sent to a Hemotologist or similar.