For years, Katherine Hough, 27, suffered a number of disturbing symptoms.
"I had pain in my stomach for no reason, and then when I entered the university, I started to fade often, my hair fell, I had severe joint pain, and I was constantly tired," she says.
"My mom thought it was all because of my lively lifestyle."
After visiting a general practitioner, two blood tests for the detection of iron levels revealed that the girl suffered from hereditary haemorrhosis (HH), which caused the iron to accumulate excessively in the body.
Most of us think that iron is a rusting mineral and we only care about its defect.
— little knowledge —
There is little knowledge about the risks of accumulation of the compound, and some of its symptoms, such as fatigue, can also be confused with other disorders.
"I was happy to be diagnosed quickly, and many health professionals believe itWomen show symptoms much later in life, which can potentially lead to damage to some organs. "
"Last year I visited sick about 30 times, today I suffer from chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome and joints in my knees, arms and elbows."
"The only treatment for this is the phlebotomy, in which I am singled out Half a liter of blood every few months. "
"I feel lucky because she diagnosed me when I was young because it allows me to find my health, I suffer from intolerable pain for several days, the other day is good, but more awareness is needed about this disorder," she says.
— What is hereditary hemochromatosis (HH) —
►There is a disorder that causes iron accumulation in
►In Britain, about 250,000 people are at risk for HH, although many are not diagnosed.
►Recycle is higher in women than men.
►Display is caused by a defective genome. Northern Europeans, especially those of Irish origin, are more likely to have this gene.
► HH symptoms include: fatigue, joint pain, skin problems and sexual health. If not treated, HH can cause serious illnesses such as liver cancer and cirrhosis.
►Treatment is relatively simple. It consists of phlebotomy (blood extraction). As the body produces more blood to replace the one that is removed, it uses excess iron stored.
Source: Hemocromatosis United Kingdom
— "The most common disorder for which you have never heard" —
For a recent Hemochromatosis UK (HUK) help report, 2,000 people with this disorder have been interviewed around the world.
It was found that 73% of patients experienced psychological difficulties, 81% experienced tiredness and 87% experienced arthritis or joint pain.
Although most were satisfied with the treatment of their specialists, the third said that the information and support of their general practitioners is poor.
As the doctor points out Edward Fitzsimons, a specialist in hemochromatosis at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, "hemochromatosis is one of the most common genetic disturbances among the populations in northern Europe."
"However, it is a disease that easily avoids the diagnosis, eight out of 10 patients have not been diagnosed."
"It's certainly one of the most common disorders you've never heard of."
— "I feel like an old appellant" —
Abigail Harvei, 19, was diagnosed with hemochromatosis when she was only 15 years old.
Until then, in addition to depression, she suffered from severe menstrual cramps and joint pains. At the age of 14, she was admitted to the hospital for attempted suicide.
"The nice therapist he saw suggested he had blood tests."
"I had severe pains all over the body and I felt like an old joke, not as a young teenager."
"Everyone around me thought I was anemic, but it turned out that it had suffered excessive accumulation of iron. "
"Many doctors I've seen asked me to explain my illness, why is she so familiar with anemia, but not about his fellow cousin?"
From its diagnosis, Abigail was treated with flabotomies with limited success.
"I have to emphasize how important it is to ask your doctor to analyze the levels of iron if you experience those symptoms, "he says.
David Head, HUK Executive Director says: "Abigail's history of menstrual problems, joint pain, mental health problems, delayed diagnosis and stress therapy is repeated with many patients."
"It is important to emphasize the importance of health professionals who are aware of the accumulation of iron as a defect and conduct adequate tests when patients describe these problems," he says.
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