Interesting stuff Dan! I was aware of anemia of chronic disease for quite some time, but had not read about hepciden as the primary mediator. It all makes sense now, as I never really understood why chronic disease caused iron deficiency, since the inflammation could be anywhere, not just the GI system.
So, it is important for all who suffer with chronic iron deficiency anemia to get properly diagnosed, or they will forever be looking for bleeding or taking supplements that won't work. You have to go to a hematologist for that.
Marianne, it is unclear to me why your iron infusions are not covered by insurance. Perhaps your hematologist is not putting the order in correctly, reflecting that oral supplements are not effective. It is like telling a hemophiliac that clotting factors are not covered!
Thanks again for the links.