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I am a 61 year old male and believe I may have symptoms of Polycythemia rubra. Do any people have it

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 21, 2014
  • 08:14 AM

I have had a lot of headaches, some dizzy spells and vertigo and several other symptoms that I suspect may indicate PV. Does anyone have more information on this blood disorder, I understand that red platelets are increased, but would this be conclusive in a test, or is the diagnosis based on symptomatic evidence? I understand treatment is basic, with blood letting and blood thinners. Does anyone know the overall prognosis? At 61 it is hard for me to maintain an occupation as a pilot at the best of times with health issues, and I suspect this PV, if proven, would be the end of my flying career, which is fine, I just need to know.

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  • I was diagnosed with Polycythemia Vera nearly 4 years ago. I needed a basic blood test for something else, and it showed my 'HTC' (one of the red blood counts) was high. It's a simple blood test - (they did a "CBC with differential"). If your count is high, then the do an additional test to verify and to try to determine if it is Polycythemia Vera (Primary Polycythemia), or if it is "Secondary Polycythemia". I had NO symptoms. Ask a Dr. to do a blood test to rule out PV. Good Luck!
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    • January 21, 2014
    • 07:55 PM
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