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This is not one of my usual witty, light-hearted yet info-filled posts.

It doesn't really belong on a motorcyle board, however.....

I was just diagnosed with a condition called hemochromatosis.

Why is this significant?

If you are from northern european extraction, especially celtic origin, you may have the condition, or may be carrying the gene that causes this.

33% of Irish people carry the gene.

Statistically 110 people on this board have this condition.

What it does is cause Iron Overload. Iron isn't metabolized and starts to cause problems in your body.

It starts with fatigue and maybe depression,
through emotional problems like rage.

It builds up in organs and joints and causes arthiritis, and affects your liver, pancreas, kidneys, brain etc. you begin to see reddish patches on your skin.

Eventually it may cause liver damage and liver cancer, crippling arthiritis, diabetes and change the structure of your brain.

About 1 in 200 Canadians have this condition. The figures are similar for USA, Australia, and higher for Northern Europe and especially Ireland and Scotland. It goes virtually undetected though for decades since doctors don't typically check for Iron Overload.

There's no cure, just treatment. For a year I have to give blood up to twice a week to reduce the iron levels! From then on I have to give blood every two months or so.

Just something to ask your doctor about if you've been dragging your butt for a few years and not been able to figure out why.
 

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I read about that condition in a weightlifting magazine a while ago. Yet another good reason to give blood, which I haven't done in way too long.

Glad you got diagnosed, haggis. Hope the donating does the trick!
 

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It's just what it is, and I've got to do what I have to, so no biggy really - just a tedious process:(.

I just want to others to be aware of this if they feel they are getting old before their time. You're going to have some doc's finger up your bum at some point. You may as well get your iron levels checked too.
 

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See what happens when you live in Calgary.......

Cheers, Haggis - Keep healthy. Maybe I should get checked 1/2 my family comes from Northern England (Durham) and Scotland and the other half from the Ukraine.

Does it affect women as well? My wife is from Liverpool and her family is from Ireland.

Yeesh... something to think about....
 

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It'll be a royal pain to go through metal detectors in airports!
(Hope I made you laugh!)

Fortunately you've got a real grip on reality and you seem well informed and motivated. My thoughts go to you and your loved ones.
 

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As Drainbamage indicates, stay clear of magnets !

It's tough picking up something like that, I get the tiredness, achy muscles symptoms, but I put that down to age, you appear to be on top of the problem though Haggis, I am sure your will power and mental strength will cope with it.

Thanks for sharing this, I had never heard of it before, something to be aware of.


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Cal, it affects women as much as men.

I, too hadn't heard of it until 4 weeks ago, when the doctor got some tests back from the lab. Since then I've had numerous blood tests and a gentic test. I'm waiting to see the liver specialist.

I'm hoping it will be some radical weight loss treatment:D Giving up 2 pints of blood per week has got to be good for a few thousand calories!

Re: the magnet - maybe if I -put a magnet down my pants.... (umm, you get the picture!):cool:
 

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Snip.....

I'm hoping it will be some radical weight loss treatment:D Giving up 2 pints of blood per week has got to be good for a few thousand calories!

Re: the magnet - maybe if I -put a magnet down my pants.... (umm, you get the picture!):cool:
Haggis, good luck with the treatment, I hope it goes well for you,

On the other hand, if you find the giving of blood too tedious, you could try leaches! :eek:

Mick :cool:
 

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Thanks for that PR.

I've logged on already, but it's not as lively a site as this one. The don't have a jokes page or a beer thread.

Also, don't be sorry - It's not your fault:p

The only reason I'm posting this is in the hope that even 1 person on this site finds out that they have this, and gets treatment before any harm is done.

BTW PR. That website is a good place to start.
 

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Well you seem pretty up beat about it matey - that's the way to be. Strong of will, resolute and get on with it and all that - good for you.

It takes sound moral character to do that. You set a good example.
 
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