9 Symptoms of Hemochromatosis

Hemochromatosis is a medical condition in which the body absorbs too much iron. The weight of iron in the body, therefore, exceeds the normal range which should be between 2mg to 3mg per liter.

There are two types of hemochromatosis:

Hereditary, which happens when you inherit one or two abnormal genes from your parents, and Secondary. The latter may be caused by too many blood transfusions especially if you have a chronic liver disease or some types of anemia.

The multiple transfusions lead to excessive accumulation of iron in the body. There are several signs of the condition. These are listed in the paragraphs that follow.

1. Joint Pain

These are among the first symptoms of hemochromatosis. The flag is common in persons in middle ages.

It is associated with pains in both sides of the hips in women which also include a reduction in internal rotation, reduced grip of things, pains in both metacarpals and stiffness in the second and third metacarpals.

Soft tissues swell over the stiff metacarpals. You can also have stiff sub-talar joints. In the case of hereditary hemochromatosis, the joint pains may affect the whole family.

If not treated early, it may lead to complications which can force you to have a bilateral total hip replacement since the condition becomes un-treatable in advanced stages.