Hemachromatosis (Too Much Iron)

Hemachromatosis is a disease in which the body stores too much iron in organs (brain, heart, liver, pancreas, reproductive organs) and joints. Because of this, it can lead to brain involvement like depression, heart failure, fatty liver, liver cancer, diabetes, infertility, and arthritis.

Risk Factors: More prevalent in British, Irish, or Scottish descent

Things that may make doctors suspect you have it: routine blood tests may show increased MCV or elevated liver enzymes, enlarged organs (abdomen, liver, or spleen), sometimes bronzed skin color

Potential Tests: blood tests for iron, total iron binding capacity, and ferritin. If iron is high, there is a $125 cheek swab genetic test available although there may be other genes that have not been discovered yet.

Support Groups: American Hemochromatosis Society, Iron Overload Diseases Association

(Since iron deficiency anemia is the most common cause of anemia, doctors sometimes have their anemic patients try iron supplements without knowing the exact cause of the anemia. There are many types. Before taking iron, make sure your doctor knows the cause of your anemia. In patients that have both anemia due to other causes and iron overload disease, taking excess iron could be harmful.)

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IC: Increased Brain Gray Matter Is Associated With Greater Pain & Anxiety

Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome:

"When compared to controls, females with IC displayed significant increased gray matter (GM) volume in several regions of the brain… GM volume in the right somatosensory cortex (S1) was associated with greater pain, mood (anxiety), and urological symptoms." (Kairys et al.)

Neuropathy Differential Diagnosis: Vitamin B12 Deficiency

In a study of patients with vitamin B12 deficiency neurological syndrome,”Clinical features of neuropathy were present in 69.7% of patients and nerve conduction was abnormal in 54.5% of patients.… Nerve biopsy revealed acute axonal degeneration in early stage and chronic axonopathy with demyelination in the late stages of disease.” Vitamin B12 improved the nerve conduction and signs and symptoms. (Kalita et al. From a study in the journal Nutri Neurosci 2014)

(Other studies have said some nerve damage can become permanent if not caught and treated.)

Have an autoimmune disease but steroids don't seem to be working? You may be steroid resistant and need to try a different medicine.

Steroid resistance may play a role in treatment ineffectiveness in some patients with inflammatory diseases including asthma, IBD, RA, and. SLE:

"Glucocorticoid (GC) (steroid) therapy is the main treatment for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). However, some patients are resistant to these agents… . Abnormalities of expression and binding of the glucocorticoid receptor (GR) may be involved in tissue resistance to steroids in SLE patients."

These researchers suggest the test they used could one day help doctors know when to use other treatment options,”Determination of GR expression and binding by flow cytometry (FCM) may be useful in predicting the response to steroid treatment of SLE patients.” (Du et al.)

(In the meantime, talk to your doctor if steroids don’t seem to be working.)


My mother is pissing me off. “Why are you sleeping all day is it because of your depression?”
“It’s because your overweight probably.”
Mom. I have something called narcolepsy. Did you forget?

(The decreased hypocretin neurons & hypocretin that cause narcolepsy can also cause weight gain and depression.)

lovesickguide3 said: Hey could I talk to you? I've just been diagnosed with narcolepsy and I don't know how to feel about it to be honest :(

A new diagnosis is so tough. You are glad to finally know what you have, but at the same time, that means you definitely have something. That silent hope that we secretly cling to, that you may wake up someday and your illness will suddenly be gone, is no longer possible. Some diseases effect primarily your head or your body. Narcolepsy effects both. The brainfog, the weight gain you can’t seem to lose no matter how hard you try, those are narcolepsy too. They know what causes it, which is huge. Now they are trying to figure out the best way to deliver meds. They recently found evidence that it may be an autoimmune disease, which means steroids may be tried in the future. There are things other than meds that can effect the levels of the hypocretin/orexin. One of them is weight loss. So while it might be a monumental feat to try to lose weight while your body fights so hard against you, it may help some people with narcolepsy, at least that’s what the research indicates although some patients may not feel it helped them.

See #narcolepsy

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Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is a common condition affecting 98.7 million people globally and nearly 35 million adults in the United States. This chronic condition, characterized by depressed mood and/or anhedonia that interfere with activities of daily living, is a major cause of disability worldwide. By the year 2020, MDD will become second only to ischemic heart disease in the amount of disability experienced by sufferers of all ages according to the World Health Organization Global Burden of Disease Survey.