One of the problems with iron overload is that you can have substantial tissue damage in your vital organs before you ever experience any symptoms. Common, nonspecific complaints of abdominal discomfort, lethargy, and fatigue would probably go unnoticed in a patient receiving numerous transfusions for anemia. It's the lack of specific symptoms plus the potential for organ damage that means doctors and patients should be looking for elevated ferritin levels and thinking about beginning chelation before damage occurs.
Diagnosed AA 10/96, MDS/RA 6/98, MUD/BMT 10/6/98
Last edited by Ruth Cuadra : Thu Oct 5, 2006 at 04:44 PM.