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Medicine For Blood Disorders
Can any internal medicine doctor interpret most blood tests or is it better to see a specialist such as for blood tests for lupus or blood disorders?
Start with PCP: Yes, any general internist can interpret routine blood work including for auto immune issues like lupus, but there may be a benefit of having a specialist like a rheumatologist (arthritis doctor) help if further testing and detailed management of such disorders if needed. Best regards. ...Read more
There are many types of blood cells: red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, etc which can develop problems. In addition there are diseases of the bone marrow (where blood cells are made) such as leukemia, myelodysplasia, polycythemia vera, essential thrombocythemia, etc. All of these disparate disorders plus others unmentioned ...Read more
Very involved: There are many types of blood cells: red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, etc which can develop problems. In addition there are diseases of the bone marrow (where blood cells are made) such as leukemia, myelodysplasia, polycythemia vera, essential thrombocythemia, etc. All of these disparate disorders plus others unmentioned are considered blood disorders. ...Read more
Can you tell me if there are blood disorders/diseases that could be caused by cutting yourself too much?
???: Not that I know of unless you cut yourself so much and lose so much blood that ends up causing anemia. It would have to be a lot, though. You can also get infected, of course but that is not a blood disorder per se. If this happens in your job, protect yourself better. If not, I suggest a different hobby. ...Read more
This a BIG question!: Nature will take care of it if you keep good health. This requires healthy eating habits, maintain healthy weight and exercise daily. If you are concerned, get an annual check up from your family doctor. This will assure you in case you are heading for any such disorder which are rare...So do not worry right now (my advice: you should wait to worry!). ...Read more
I have 3different blood disorders, mthfr677, pai1, and factor 8v34l. Can I get pregnant and if so what are the risks? S
Yes.: You don't mention why these things were tested, usually because of infertility problems. It is still possible to get pregnant, but there is a potential risk miscarriage, toxemia, and blood clots complicating pregnancy. Sometimes, anticoagulants are given to prevent those complications. Talk with an OB who handles high risk pregnancy and infertility if appropriate. ...Read more
Polycythema vera: Some times polycytemia vera can cause, but rare, this needs further work up, especially low. Iron that is most of the time due to bleeding. ...Read more
Normal platlet count is 150000 to 450000.You should not worry if other indices in blood count like wbc, hemoglobin etc are normal and you have no symptoms, and you are not taking any medication which causes decrease in platlet count
just moniter your platlet count anf if it keeps going down then see a hematologist. ...Read more
No,: There is no any scientific evidence leading to or supporting such a hypothesis. ...Read more
Congenital: Many cultures have an increased risk of various diseases due to marriage within the family. The more such sharing of the gene pool occurs with closely related people the more of a chance that the gene expression will become dominant. This is also true in some religions such as Judaism. ...Read more
15 years on Depo (only choice w/ 2 blood disorders), experiencing brown spotting? No pain, no odor. Shots on time + protected sex. Curious?
See below: Having these types of symptoms can best be solved by having your doctor perform a thorough evaluation. Only through this type of process can he/she discover what's going on and how best to help you. ...Read more
Front tooth crown 4 years ago pain from day one. Could this cause blood disorders. Dentist has not fix pain. Or gave meds?
Second opinion: Suggest you go to another well respected dentist in your area for a second opinion. It should not take 4 years to diagnose cause of pain. Once the cause of the pain is determined you can be given appropriate treatment options. Nerve damage requiring Root Canal Therapy or crown or root fracture are most likely causes of your pain. ...Read more
Can acid reflux cause secondary polycythemia? I've had all the tests for blood disorders and everything comes back negative.
No: I have never read of any association between the two. ...Read more
I am a very immobile person. Would it be wise and safe to wear compression socks/stockings since I have a family history of blood disorders?
Probably not, Matt: You've 19 and you're so inactive you're thinking of wearing a old person's compression stockings rather than go talk a walk or play a ball game with your friends? What's up, buddy? This isn't you. Is someone interfering with your doing the things that a normal teenager gets to do? Perhaps your family physician can help you find a happier way to live. That's what I'll bet you really want. ...Read more
Hematologist: Often they also do oncology -- hematologist-oncologist. ...Read more
Heme-Onc: Many hematologists (specialists in unusual blood disorders) are also oncologists, and vice-versa. ...Read more
If no one in my family has DVT or any vascular/blood disorders, could I still have these and not know?
Yes: Some vascular disorders and clotting abnormalities can be genetically related. Blood tests may help rule those in or out ...Read more
I 'am on blood thinning medication. Can I check for genetic blood disorders while taking blood thinning?
Yes-any genetic test: If blood work is needed, be sure to elevate your arm, with pressure on the withdrawal site for several minutes, to prevent a nasty bruise. A pressure dressing should be applied. ...Read more
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