2. Joint Pain (Arthralgia)

Around 44% of people with hemochromatosis experience joint pain. In most cases, symptoms first appear between 50 and 60 years of age. Women generally experience symptoms after 60, or about ten years after menopause. Because joint pain is a symptom in other conditions, the individual may dismiss it as a sign of the normal aging process. Between 25 and 30% of those with hemochromatosis develop arthritis in the knuckles of the pointer and middle finger. Referred to as "iron fist," this is a specific symptom of the disease.

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