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[QUOTE=ChristineVA;2922510]Transferrin is usually high-normal to high in iron deficiency and saturation is usually low. When the opposite occurs (as in your case), then it is sometimes not true iron deficiency but can be an anemia caused by a chronic disease such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.
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LUPUS...NOT LUPUS!!! .... Sorry that just made me think of George Costanza from Seinfeld :)

Well the test in which my saturation and iron were high was a test done in 1999, interestingly this was a period in which i suffered from alopecia areata for about a year or two. Alopecia Areata, similar in some ways to Lupus, is an autoimmune condition in which the body attacks its own hair folicles causing bald patches. I was pretty lucky as i only got two small patches but many others suffer much worse. I don't know if there is a connection between this condition and my iron levels at the time, but i do know that i was rather unhealthy at the time with poor diet, lack of execise, smoking, drinking etc.

Now days i am alot healthier and my current blood tests seem to indicate iron deficiency as the problem, but i will keep in mind that there could be other issues. I am currently on iron supps and feeling soooooo much better & will take a blood test in a couple of months time to see if there has been any progress. I have also taught my self to be much more gentle with brushing and flossing and have managed to halve my blood loss during the process. In fact when i floss now and start to bleed, i swallow the blood instead of spitting it out. Dunno whether that will help, but it's worth a try i suppose.





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