Well I went yesterday I got the blood test for ferritin, mainly because that is the only iron test I would have to compare with old numbers. My Dr. was aware of Zamboni, and he said kind of kiddingly that he expected me to come in the next day and ask for the ultrasound. But I said no I first want to check out some of the iron levels in my system, although I did go over my existing structural problems as a reminder to him that I have pre-existing problems and might just fit into the profile of someone with CCSVI. He said he finds the whole thing fascinating and was very agreeable to testing ferritin. My timing was great at the lab, sometimes I find the technicians are kind of taciturn, but this guy was very open to discussing iron. The guy ahead of me turns out had just gotten rid of a pint of blood due to hemochromatosis! The technician said this guy used to come in for a blood draw and it would take a half an hour to get the blood out, because it was so thick! Iron overload does make for thick blood, it makes the platelets stick together. I told this guy that I had an older reading of ferritin at 88 and he said he thought that was high because they try to keep it below 60 in the case of hemochromatosis. So I question the reference ranges for iron, when you start to read about IOD (Iron Overload Disease) there are dissenting opinions on what is a healthy level of iron. I found a blog yesterday
http://blogcritics.org/scitech/article/ ... cess-iron/
somewhere on that site she says she feels better with an iron level of 15!
Frankly, given that they say they always find thick blood in multiple sclerosis, what is the relationship between iron and MS? Reference ranges are ridiculous, they are so broad and they are usually determined when they test a bunch of sick people. When you have iron overload, it is my understanding that your glutathione gets used up trying to deal with the iron... anemic people have very high levels of glutathione which I find fascinating. I was anemic as a teenager, and I had tons and tons of energy, more energy than anybody I knew. So I don't know if we really understand whether iron overload or thick blood and cause restriction of the veins etc. it was so nice to hear this lab technician verify for me that too much iron causes this problem of thick blood which would definitely definitely have an impact on circulation.