Anything to be concerned about?
09-12-2007 08:14 PM
Anything to be concerned about?
I have been on HRT for about two years now, injections the past six months or so. My last appointment with Dr. John was last week during which he said it was time to donate blood, it was a little thick. He didn't say anything was way out of wack and actually said everything was just about perfect across the board. I went today to give blood and they rejected me because my blood pressure was 150/112. I have had some problems with anxiety in the past and still do on occasion when I go to the doctor or as in this case I am waiting for someone to jab a needle in my arm and draw out a pint of blood. I went home and took it; it was a little high and then after an hour or so and several times since has been around 130/80. Now I have to get doctor John to fax an order to them so they will take the blood, which sucks, for me as well as him I am sure. The technician also said my iron was 51 and was acting like it was outrageously high. I looked it up and the range is like 20-50 and if my RBC count is a little up I would assume my iron would be high as well. Any input? I guess the gears just started turning and I am a bit worried if all is okay.
09-12-2007 09:51 PM
09-13-2007 09:38 AM
Keep an eye on the BP. If your relaxed BP 130/80 (which is just about borderline high) then throughout the day it probably runs higher than that. High iron in a man is somewhat unusual, probably not anything to be concerned about at that level, but don't forget to keep an eye on it. If iron does go extremely high it can destroy the liver and kidneys.
09-13-2007 11:03 AM
Your hemoglobin is probably hitting the upper end of the range, which is probably why he is asking you to donate.
Many men have high iron and do not know it until something happens, as Mark said - kidneys or liver, or really any/all organs. Consider yourself lucky that you found this out.
What typically happens is that you slowly increase your iron level - it might take another 10 yrs to reach a serious point - but if you give blood regularily, you will keep your iron level in check. Drawing blood, or Phlebotomy is about the only way to get iron levels down. So give blood with regularity - it does 3 things - keeps your hemogloben level down, it takes iron out of your blood, and it is a community service.
I would HIGHLY suggest all men, especially once you start approaching 40, to have your iron checked. I found out mine had gone over 1000 - which finally explained my high ALT/AST levels. Often high iron isn't discovered until damage starts to occur somewhere, and then finally it is discovered. If yoru range was up to 50, and you were 51 - I wouldn't worry about it - just give blood once a year and monitor it.
Its a cheap blood test - I go outside of insurance to get extra ones done for about $25 from HealthCheckUSA without a Drs order (done at LabQuest), or I ask my Dr to add it in at time of annual physical.
09-13-2007 12:11 PM
These people are jerks.
Why did they ask for all these numbers, iron numbers, BP, etc?
This is why I never go to clinics to donate blood, to much hassle. Your better off going other routes, like red cross, or look into community areas that are having blood drives. In my area they do them every six months at the local high school. You walk in, give blood, leave, no BS hassle, etc.
Giving blood is a good idea, I go twice a year at least.
09-13-2007 01:28 PM
Originally Posted by bioman3131
The iron level could just be a blip. A couple of years ago, mine tested 54 against a similar reference range. I had it done again three months later and it was mid-30's.
Do make sure that none of your supplements contains iron.
09-13-2007 02:27 PM
Why isn't anyone telling him that HRT thickens the blood and increases RBC and iron ?
It's a good idea to monitor iron while on HRT and donate blood regularly.
09-13-2007 02:53 PM
Ah, I assumed he knew this considering he is one of Dr Johns guys.
Originally Posted by dcguy4u
09-13-2007 04:44 PM
Yes, I did know it does this but it just freaked me out, the way the technician was acting. This is nuts though, I am still waiting for the order from Dr. John so I decided to go back and try again today. I checked to BP before a left work and it was 138/80, got in my car drove ten minutes to the blood place and there it was 182/94. rejected again. Actually, it's kind of pissing me off. Why can't they just take my damn blood. I am kind of concerned with these spikes though.
09-13-2007 04:56 PM
I just went to the Red Cross website. It said they will reject you if your top number is 180 or higher, or if your lower number is 100 or higher. If it is a blood drive at your school run by the red cross, you will still be rejected.
Taking BP is an art. I have to remind the nurse sometimes to use the larger cuff, my arms are too big for the normal cuff. Was the room quiet? no music or distractions. How fast did they take it, tell them to take their time. Did they do both arms? If you are high on one arm, have them check the other. Make sure the cuff is not below your heart.
before having your BP taken, before and during - meditate on something that relaxes you. If the nurse has large tits, don't look at them <g>, instead, imagine that you just got a blow job, or, better, that you are relaxing on a beach listening to the waves crash in.
09-13-2007 06:17 PM
First they used the machine and then she took it mannually and she did rush. Actually seemed kind of happy she didn't have to take my blood. I guess its more fun to sit on your but than do your job. I don't trust the machine much either. I have a strange pulse, normal for me, I had it completly checked out, and sometimes is messes with the machine. This happend at my doctors office once and he rechecked it and said the nurse didn't listen close enough. I will use your suggestions. Hopefully I can get the order from doctor John soon and won't have to worry about this crap.Though, I will probably monitor it for a week and talk it over with my GP just to be sure tho
09-13-2007 11:11 PM
Don't lose sight of the fact that it's beginning to look like you need to address your BP.
09-13-2007 11:33 PM
Sounds like anxiety induced High BP to me, I have anxiety issues and white coat syndrome. I can look at a BP machine and my BP will go up, I would suggest telling them you get a little nervous sometimes and try to relax for 5 or 10 minutes then have them retest. I have been at my Dr. office and tested as high as 200 over 100, them 10 minutes later 130 over 80. If you have any anti anxiety medicine like xanax or valium you could take a small dose to calm you down prior to going to give blood. Good luck
09-14-2007 03:21 PM
Question: how high does iron have to be so that you should be concerned about hemochromatosis?
The American Hemochromatosis Society website says anything over 40% transferrin and/or more than 150 serum ferritin.
It also mentions that in young males (like myself), you commonly see high transferrin accompanied by normal ferritin, yet hemochromatosis is still present.
"What iron levels are considered "suspicious" for iron overload/hemochromatosis?
A: A percent of saturation of more than 40% and/or a serum ferritin of more than 150 are considered suspicious for iron overload/hemochromatosis. It is important to note that in some patients, the percent of saturation can be quite high while the ferritin rather low (this is often the case in children or young adults in their 20's) or conversely, with normal percent of saturation and a high serum ferritin. Genetic testing can, in most cases, confirm the diagnosis so that treatment can begin. Ask your doctor about liver function tests, if these are also elevated, that is another possible sign of HH."
I myself have a transferrin saturation of 51%, and mid/high ferritin. Is there any chance that this could indicate hemochromatosis, which might then explain my low T?
09-14-2007 05:20 PM
Also why nobody ask for Hematocrit levels?
Originally Posted by RPHMark
09-14-2007 09:05 PM
I have a cool BP tester from Costco. It goes on your wrist, has a sensor that will not allow the reading to be taken until the unit is that the right level. It also has a USB cable with graphing software.
09-15-2007 12:10 AM
I assumed from the first post that it was high, but I certainly could be wrong.
Originally Posted by JanSz
09-15-2007 08:13 AM
Probably close enough, but he is talking iron.
Originally Posted by RPHMark
Quote:"The technician also said my iron was 51 "
There is number of iron tests:
Quest Diagnostics: Test Menu
• Iron and Iron Binding Capacity (7573X) - (356N)
• IRON LIVER TISSUE (8350) - (8828X)
• Iron, 24 Hour Urine (8056) - (17515X)
• Iron, Blood (2430B) - (11104X)
• Iron, Total (571X) - (24984P)
I was assuming that most likely he is talking about one of the bottom two.
Ok, Hematocrit range on my test is (38.5-50)%
so, may be he really think of Hematocrit.
And his is 51, slightly over the upper range.
Not drinking before blood draw may raise it slightly.
09-16-2007 02:52 AM
I think your right about the iron test. I assumed when he mentioned the blood being "tihick" that the hemoglobin was high. But, that may not be what he meant at all.
09-16-2007 10:06 AM
I once tried to sell blood and they rejected me, saying there was "too much grease" in my blood. They told me to come back another day when I had not eaten such a greasy meal. I never went back.
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