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I have been diagnosed with stress polycythemia. Do you have any recommendation to what I should to help treat or deal with condition to get better?

I have been diagnosed with stress polycythemia. Do you have any recommendation to what I should to help treat or deal with condition to get better?

Second opinion: "Stress" seldom causes polycythemia especially in a young man. If you also left the practitioner's office without a plan, you should not be satisfied. You may have dehydration, sleep apnea, unknown exposure to an anabolic steroid, a hole in your heart, a Kidney tumor, or any of several other dangerous, treatable things. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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How is polycythemia rubra vera differentiated from polycythemia associated with stress? RBC only elevated once in life. HGB/HCT elevated often.

How is polycythemia rubra vera differentiated from polycythemia associated with stress? RBC only elevated once in life. HGB/HCT elevated often.

Stress?: Stress doesn't cause polycythemia. Being dehydrated is a common cause. If your Hgb/Hct is only slightly elevated, stop worrying -- reference ranges are set so that several percent of healthy folks fall outside. If it's well above, consider a workup for the causes, including a variant hemoglobin and a subtle right-to-left shunt. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of polycythemia vera?

What are the symptoms of polycythemia vera?

P. vera: P. Vera may present with redness of the face, swelling of the face and neck, shortness of breath, fatigue and blood clots. ...Read more

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Are there support groups for polycythemia/ hemochromatosis in dallas tx area? What is a list of symptoms for these disorders? Thank u.

Are there support groups for polycythemia/ hemochromatosis in dallas tx area? What is a list of symptoms for these disorders? Thank u.

Search Internet: I found many online support groups for polycythemia by searching for "polycythemia search group" (http://goo. Gl/u06c9s). I'd suggest asking those members for assistance in your area. Same goes for hemochromatosis support groups (http://goo. Gl/8yvkzb). As for symptoms, check out http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/polycythemia-vera/ds00919 & http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/hemochromatosis/ds00455. ...Read more

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What symptoms, do I have to look for in case of polycythemia? My son, 17, has 18, 3 hemoglobine value and 54, 3 hematocrit but platelets are normal, 156k.

What symptoms, do I have to look for in case of polycythemia? My son, 17, has 18, 3 hemoglobine value and 54, 3 hematocrit but platelets are normal, 156k.

Probably okay: Junior may have been a bit dehydrated and in any case reference ranges are set so that several percent of healthy folks are out of range on either side. If this is his usual, he may have a high-affinity hemoglobin; I trust there's no right-to-left cardiac shunt and you're not mountain-dwellers, etc. Polycythemia vera doesn't affect teens. Don't ask about steroids, Dr. Already did. ...Read more

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Dad has polycythemia vera. Under control now but. Is this rare blood disorder genetically passed down and what are very early symptoms? Worried..

Dad has polycythemia vera. Under control now but. Is this rare blood disorder genetically passed down and what are very early symptoms? Worried..

Rare condition: So the genetics is not fully understood. Mayo clinic reference states is not inherited. Http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/polycythemia-vera/ds00919/dsection=causes. ...Read more

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Is polycythemia something that will go away on its own eventually?

Is polycythemia something that will go away on its own eventually?

It depends: If polycythemia occurs in a newborn, either as the result of maternal diabetes, placental insufficiency, or maternal-fetal transfusion at delivery (e.g., delayed cord clamping) then the extra red blood cells will slowly be removed naturally by the infant's body. There is no therapy required. Rarely, polycythemia is associated with an underlying hematologic problem, in which case it will persist. ...Read more

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Why does polycythemia cause bleeding?

Why does polycythemia cause bleeding?

Abnormal platelets: Individuals with polycythemia (an acquired disorder of the bone marrow that causes an abnormal increase in all three blood cell types: red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets) have an increased tendency to form blood clots that can result in strokes or heart attacks. Some people also have abnormal bleeding because their platelets (responsible for clotting) are abnormal. ...Read more

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Do boys or girls get polycythemia more?

Do boys or girls get polycythemia more?

Boys: Males are slightly more affected than girls, but not by much. Other risk factors include older age, and having a family history of the disease. ...Read more

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How does polycythemia affect your blood?

How does polycythemia affect your blood?

Thicker blood: Thicker blood means slow flow to the organs. True polycythemia may cause headaches. Severe polycythemia can develop blood clots. ...Read more

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What's the difference between polycythemia & polycythemia rubra vera?

What's the difference between polycythemia & polycythemia rubra vera?

Elevated RBC: Polycythemia refers to abnormally high of hemoglobin/hematocrit or. Rbc. There are many factors that can explain polycythemia-primary bone marrow problem- i.e. Polycythemia vera (pv) -vs. Other condition such as- problems with lung/sleep apnea that can result in decrease o2 level in the body (hypoxia), other condition is kidney/liver, familial disorder etc. See and discuss further with your md. ...Read more

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If you have polycythemia how can it effect you if you have to have surgery?

If you have polycythemia how can it effect you if you have to have surgery?

Blood clotting: You should check your levels prior to surgery. The primary concern it that thick blood and inactivity during and after surgery increase your risk foe blood clots. ...Read more

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What is polycythemia vera?

What is polycythemia vera?

High red blood cell: This means the red blood cell count is high (seen in blood test) without any cause--not from smoking, dehydration or living in high altitude. ...Read more

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Is polycythemia vera hereditary?

Sometimes.: Most patients with polycythemia vera develop the condition in adulthood, most commonly from an acquired mutation in the jak2 gene, and are not born with it. However, there are families who pass on the tendency to have a high red blood cell count through a variety of genetic mutations. It is usually well known in the family when that is the case. ...Read more

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How's diagnosed polycythemia vera?

Your Doctor is guide: P. Vera is a rare condition. It is not difficult to diagnose provided you have consulted a specialist...A hematologist is the right specialist to help you with this issue. It typically manifests with high hemoglobin (>17 grams) and often has high white blood cell count as well as high platelets associated with high hemoglobin levels. ...Read more

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What is treatment for polycythemia?

What is treatment for polycythemia?

Blood letting.: There are different types of polycythemia. What they have in common is an elevated number of red blood cells. If too many, this can cause serious complication and is managed by taking blood out (phlebotomy). There are other medications that might be recommended depending on the type of polycythemia, the other blood counts and the patient's age & general health. ...Read more

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How can you treat polycythemia vera?

How can you treat polycythemia vera?

Depends: It can be a primary problem treated with removal of blood (thereby reducing iron) or it may be due to extrinsic factors (high altitude, smoking, carbon monoxide poisoning, etc) in which case avoiding the factor may be the treatment. ...Read more

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I've got polycythemia vera. Now what?

Polycythemia vera: Phlebotomy (blood removal) will be needed to maintain your blood at certain level to prevent stroke or blood clot. In addition, Aspirin is recommended if there is no risk of bleeding or other contraindication. For patients with high risk to develop stroke/clot (age>60 or prior history of clot)- medication called-hydroxy-urea- is also recommended. Discuss with your hematologist. ...Read more

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My mom has polycythemia. What to expect?

My mom has polycythemia. What to expect?

Polycythemia vera: Polycythemia vera is usually treated with phlebotomies to keep the hematocrit < 42% in women, with Hydroxyurea to keep the platelets < 400, 000, and with Aspirin to prevent blood clots. Barring complications, patients with polycythemia vera can live for many years. Good information can be obtained on the websites www. Mpdsupport. Org and www. Mpnresearchfoundation. Org. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get polycythemia vera?

Do a lot of people get polycythemia vera?

Not common: According to one study, about 65, 000 people in the US have this condition, or about 22 out of every 100, 000 people. Http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/18181200. ...Read more

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What are the tests for polycythemia vera?

What are the tests for polycythemia vera?

Blood, bone marrow: Initial blood tests include cbc, smear review, jak2 testing and other blood tests. Often a bone marrow biopsy may be performed. ...Read more

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What are the system of polycythemia Vera?

Check out this: Link for more information on polycythemia vera: http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/polycythemia-vera/symptoms-causes/dxc-20307465 ...Read more

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Could polycythemia vera go away with time?

Unfortunately, no.: This disease cannot be cured at this time, but must be treated by treating symptoms. Phlebotomy is the major treatment done. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for polycythemia vera?

What do you recommend for polycythemia vera?

Maybe blood draw: Depends on how high the blood count and whether or not symptoms are present. Also, if pcv is caused by something (secondary polycythemia), that cause needs to be addressed. Smoking, sleep apnea, hemochromatosis are common causes of secondary pcv. If primary and symptoms exist the main treatment is phlebotomy - drawing blood off regularly to decrease the hemoglobin. ...Read more

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Can polycythemia vera make u shakey and anxious?

Can polycythemia vera make u shakey and anxious?

In reaction to sxs: There are many possible effects from polycythemia vera. Although being shakey & anxious are not specified - this would be understandable as a reaction to acute symptoms. ...Read more

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Does having polycythemia mean that my kid has cancer?

Does having polycythemia mean that my kid has cancer?

No: In general, childhood cancers are often associated with anemia, which is a low red blood cell count. Polycythemia is the opposite, or a high red blood cell count. Polycythemia is common in newborn infants, and usually goes away on its own. If it persists or is found beyond the newborn period it should be evaluated by a pediatric hematologist, although generally for conditions other than cancer. ...Read more

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Could a person have secondary polycythemia at age 21?

Could a person have secondary polycythemia at age 21?

Yes.: Polycythemia vera, a primary disorder of blood would be very rare at age 21, but not impossible. As for sercondary causes, inherited causes of high red blood cells, smoking, lung disease, congenital heart disease, and high altitute living could easily be found at age 21. "blood doping" (using a drug to increase blood count) will cause polycythemia. ...Read more

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I have polycythemia vera. What food should I eat or avoid,?

I have polycythemia vera. What food should I eat or avoid,?

There are those: Who would encourage you to go forth with a strict organic raw food diet, like something along the lines of the Gerson diet (which also includes coffee enemas!) But I don't think there is any strong data to suggests a "curative" diet. But I will help to eat as healthy as you can, it may help limit further stress on your body. ...Read more