I went to the doctor on Monday because I haven’t slept the night through for a month and the acupuncture didn’t make it any better.The hot flushes wake me up at least twice a night. I have now missed two periods. The doctor gave me some sleeping tablets and took some blood.
The test results came back yesterday showing that my FSH levels were well below what signifies the start of or completion of menopause (mine is 10, menopause is 25). But what was worrying was my level of iron.
It seems that I have high iron levels in my blood which could be caused by a genetic condition called haemochromatosis. The doctor asked “Do you have a history of this illness in your family?” and I said “I don’t know, I’m adopted.”
I had another blood test yesterday and I’m off for an abdominal ultrasound today.
I don’t think it can be solved through dietary intervention (giving up meat), it seems treatment is some kind of enforced blood donation — draining off pints of blood until my iron levels return to normal.
Perhaps they should just give me leeches like the old days!
Anyone ever heard of this condition? I know about low iron, but too much iron is not something I thought was possible.
PS: I am pleased that I’m not “over the hill” just yet. I’m not ready to get old and menopause seems like the proverbial nail in the coffin.
PPS: I’m going to attempt to take an instagr.am (@chaotickatiep) photo every day. You can see the growing portfolio on my Tumblr blog (yes I know I’ve got WAY too many photography sites/blogs but Tumblr is the easiest because I can upload directly from my iPod).
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY (TOTALLY UNRELATED)
Do not cringe and make yourself small if you are called the black sheep, the maverick, the lone wolf, Those with slow seeing say a nonconformist is a blight on society. But it has been proven over the centuries, that being different means standing on the edge, means one is practically guaranteed to make an original contribution, a useful and stunning contribution to her culture. ~ Women Who Run With the Wolves