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Side Effects Of Thick Blood
I usually have clear stretchy discharge & stretchy thick blood clots during my menstrual period & pains on both sides of my lower abdomen. Why so?
May be normal: There are considerable variations in the menstrual patterns among women and variation in time for the same woman. However, you may wish to take oral iron supplements to prevent anemia, as you seem to be losing quite a bit of blood. Please consult with your gynecologist at the next visit. You did not give your age; if you are younger than 26, take HPV vaccine. Practice safe sex, always. ...Read more
Depends: Most of the time, "thick blood" refers to someone that makes too many red blood cells. This is known as polycythemia. If it occurs because of bone marrow malfunction, it can be serious and lead to strokes and heart attacks. It is often treated with phlebotomy ("blood-letting") but sometimes needs mild forms of chemotherapy. If by "thick blood" you meaning forming blood clots, that needs more veal. ...Read more
Hyperviscosity?: Blood may be extra-viscous (i.e., resist flowing through narrow tubes, like molasses) because of a high hematocrit (way too many red cells) or an excess of large protein molecules (usually excess igm) in the plasma. Your physician can work this up if need be. A phlebotomist after a difficult blood draw may remark that the blood "seems thick" but this means nothing. ...Read more
Thrombosis panel: There are blood tests to determine if someone has a likelihood of developing blood clots (thick blood). Your doctor can order these tests or refer you to a hematologist. ...Read more
Depends: Some bleeding and passage of clots is expected; however, if heavy, please call your GYN ASAP. ...Read more
What to do if a nurse checked my sugar level and said I have thick blood, that it's not good. What does this mean?
Not a proper: Diagnosis. Thick blood is not a proper diagnosis. You should ask your doctor who may have more information about your blood tests. ...Read more
Iv bn having this pianfull sores on face for some time now thy cames n go n when I sqeeze them thick blood n some white stuff comes out?
I'm 47 year old female, my blood tests result is 44 and the maximum should be 45, is it good or I should take care and what are the side effects of it?
Unclear: Please tell us which blood test result this is. Can re-ask with this clarification. Thank you. ...Read more
Bad: Assuming blood pressure medications are taken to control hypertension (high blood pressure), not taking the medications leaves one open to the effects of chronic hypertension. Those include stroke, heart attack, kidney disease. One of the biggest successes of modern medicine has been the recognition of this danger, and diligent treatment of high blood pressure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cells & protein: Blood may become too thick if there too many cells or too much protein. Increased red cell count, polycythemia, can make the blood viscous. High levels of immunogolobulins, usually due to cancer, also increse viscosity. Rarely leukemia with a very high white cell count may make the blood thick. ...Read more
Yes.: "thick blood" might mean blood with too many red cells (called polycythemia). This can be detected by a complete blood count (CBC) test. Some people say "thick blood" when they mean someone who's blood clots excessively (thrombophilia). That is defined by a history of abnormal blood clotting, and may or may not be explained by blood tests. ...Read more
You need info: Many conditions are called "thick blood"; but it is not a medical term. If you find out exactly what they mean by that, we may be able to give you a more helpful answer. ...Read more
On 1000mg of Lithium a day, my blood levels were 0.44 mmol/L (0.3-1.3). Last 2 days I'm on 1500mg and still no benefits or side effects. Is this weird?
Ans: You're taking lithium, Concerta, aripiprazole and Lamotrigine, which interact to cause side effects and make clinical picture hard to understand. Why are you taking two mood stabilizers? Also, Concerta (dose unknown) can trigger mania/hypomania. Hard to interpret lithium level with limited clinical information. Review meds with prescribing doctor to simplify regimen if possible. Hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A variety: Especially if you have had a blood clot form in a peripheral vein, or lost an unborn child, your physician may wish to screen you for a variety of known, fairly common genetic mutations and an autoantibody group that make the blood clot somewhat more easily than normal. The information's good to have though there's uncertainty about how to treat most of these folks. Good luck. ...Read more
Lots of things: Too low of a blood pressure and possibly a low pulse. That can lead to dizziness, weakness, fatigue, etc. Making asthma worse is possible. Coughing, hives, swelling, tingling scalp, urination, and many others. Even so, carefully chosen, BP meds can save your life. Don't try to figure this out on your own, find a doc you trust and them guide you. ...Read more
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