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hunnybunny
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   Posted 7/30/2007 11:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi just a question.  I just got  my extensive labs back and everything was good except for my Ferritin levels.  Normal is 40-150, i think, and about 6 weeks ago mind was 787.
 
This time they were 870. I have gone to a liver specialist and my Rhuemy.  They weren't concerned about it and said they will monitor me as usual.  Does anyone know what this could mean?.    I have been diag. with MCTD four years ago.  I take placqunil, and motrin.  I function, but not without pain and stiffness in the hands and knees.  Thanks, Hunnybunny

Ducky
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   Posted 7/31/2007 4:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey there hunnybunny.. I looked some stuff up, and this is what I found..

A standard reference range is not available for this test. Because reference values are dependent on many factors, including patient age, gender, sample population, and test method, numeric test results have different meanings in different labs. Your lab report should include the specific reference range for your test. Lab Tests Online strongly recommends that you discuss your test results with your doctor.

Have either your Liver Specialist or Rhuemy said anything about Hemochromatosis?
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hunnybunny
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   Posted 7/31/2007 8:27 AM (GMT -6)   
  1. Thank you and NO about the Hemochromotosis.  I will find out more about this.  Hunnybunny

iMarzz
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   Posted 7/31/2007 11:02 AM (GMT -6)   
The ferritin test measures the amt of iron stored in the body. If you are over 50 you should not take a multivitamin with iron. (You probably shouldn't anyway) There may also be high levels of iron in your drinking water.

ANY INFLAMMATORY DISORDER can raise the ferritin level.

High levels of ferritin are also associated with - alcoholic liver disease, hemochromotosis, hemolytic amemia, Hodgkins lymphoma and megaloblastic anemia.

hunnybunny
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   Posted 7/31/2007 11:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the help.  I just got off the phone from my liver Dr. and he explained it more clearly.  I only drink about 1 drink every three or four months , if that, so that's not the problem.  He said he is giving me a few months to shed 20 lbs and see how my ALT and AST results are.  They have been slighly elevated for 5 years.  Normal is 40-50 range i am 60-80 range.  He said that the levels are caused my the MCTD.  In about four months I will be taking a liver biospy.  He has already ruled out liver cancer and Hepitisis.  My Father had both.  I just started an exercise program with swimming and pilates. (Sounds good)LOL  I ache everywhere.  Sorry I went on and on.  It feels good to throw out my worries.  Thanks, Hunnybunny

iMarzz
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   Posted 7/31/2007 4:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Great. I'm glad your concerns were cleared up.

Mary
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