I am 29 years old, girl, 160 cm height, 57kg weight, my period time is also almost always at when it should be. I feel almost healthy except that I feel exhausted after a working day. I don't like red meat, and I rarely eat it. However, I have no problem with sea foods or chicken. Grilled potato however is my favorite food to eat and I eat it too much almost everyday. Pistachio, nuts, wheat are also always with me!
To find out why I sometimes feel exhausted, I have had a complete blood and urine analysis. All was
normal except Fe(Iron) and TIBC. The Fe level is very high (it was 399 while it should be less than 170) and TIBC is very low (158 while it should be more than 270). Ferritin however, is in normal range (was 48 and it should be less than 70). HGB, WBC, RBC, SGOT, SGPT, T3, T4, TSH,... and urine analysis, all are normal.
I was wondering why this overdosed of iron has happened to me, I know it is very dangerous to have such high amount of Fe. I have almost no exposure to medical facts, however, how can HGB could be normal and Fe is high, I think it is like Fe is located in HGB!!! I want to repeat the test next month, however, I fear it happens again. If I suffer iron poisoning somehow by too much intake of iron, could it normally be cured and next month the test result would be normal? or it needs special treatment. After finding about the test result, I don't like to eat anythings because I feel like all of them have iron and they may increase my Fe :(
P.S: Two weeks before the test, I had a dental surgery and consumed antibiotics for 1 week after surgery.
Yes, high iron, low TIBC and normal ferritin is seen in iron poisoning. In hemochromatosis, the Ferritin is high. Usually it happens due to taking iron pills or food fortified with iron. If you do not take iron pills, check food labels please. Also you need to cut down on almonds, pistachios, and other food rich in iron. Do discuss this with your doctor. Take care!
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