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Why would my red blood cell count be high and low?

Why would my red blood cell count be high and low?

Anemia or polycythem: Many conditions that cause anemia can cause your red cells to go low including blood loss, blood destruction and overproduction. Excess red cells can result from chronic hypnotic states and various forms of polycythemias. ...Read more

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Blood Count (Definition)

Include the number of white blood cells (wbc), red blood cells (hgb or ...Read more


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Need answers help please my red blood count is elevated and my LDL is 139. Could this be why im always tired and should I worry about this?

Need answers help please my red blood count is elevated and my LDL is 139. Could this be why im always tired and should I worry about this?

Not related: Your LDL of 139 is definitely not causing your tiredness
you did not say how high is your red blood count and what is the cause of it. Elevated red blood cells can cause dizziness, blurred vision and other symptoms and if it is persistently high can cause thrombosis (clotting), fatigue, itcy skin, ringing in the ear, excessive bleeding
so discuss with your doctor if your elevated rbcs are of significant. ...Read more

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I had a doctor tell me my red blood count was high and I have polycythemia Vera what are some signs of it?

I had a doctor tell me my red blood count was high and I have polycythemia Vera what are some signs of it?

Signs Polycythemia: Headache, Dizzyness, weakness
Shortness of breath
Double or blurred vision
Itchiness
Bleeding of gums
Weight loss
Fatigue
Sweating
Gouty arthritis
Some people have bone pain ...Read more

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My lab work says my red blood count is low 4.24 units are m/mm3. my hematocrit is low 38.8. units just show a percent sign. My Eosinophils is high at?

My lab work says my red blood count is low 4.24 units are m/mm3. my hematocrit is low 38.8. units just show a percent sign. My Eosinophils is high at?

Mild anemia: Without your complete CBC and history, the eosinophils along with anemia paints a picture either of chronic infection, parasitism, or drug reaction with eosinophilia. Hence, with limited data, we can have limited answers. Or it could be entirely off by a wide margin. So do tell more and take care. ...Read more

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What red blood count number is considered to high?

What red blood count number is considered to high?

High RBC: A high rbc count is usually more 5.72 million rbc/ mcl for men & 5.03 million / mcl for women. Although different doctors may vary in their thoughts on exact numbers. ...Read more

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My sons white blood and red blood count was high what does that mean?

Symptoms?: Without knowing why he got his blood counts checked and what those numbers actually are, it is difficult to know what it means. Your white blood cell count can be elevated when you are fighting an infection (either viral or bacterial). The higher red blood cell count (i would be more worried if this were low) could be due to dehydration (among other things). ...Read more

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Is there anything you can do to lower a high red blood count as far as diet?

Is there anything you can do to lower a high red blood count as far as diet?

How high and why?: Diet is not likely to affect your RBC count unless you become deficient in iron, folic acid and B12. You need to consult a doctor to see if your RBC count is abnormally elevated, If it is abnormally elevated then it would need to be investigated for cause and proper treatment. ...Read more

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Please tell me what would cause a lower B12 and high red blood count?

Please tell me what would cause a lower B12 and high red blood count?

Wrong approach: Labs mean nothing in isolation. I'm going to assume that you feel well. If you're a vegetarian, a low B12 is a serious warning to reconsider what you're doing to yourself and/or to supplement as vegetarians must. Otherwise, it warns of possible pernicious anemia or other illnesses. A high red count in the absence of high Hgb/Hct often means thalassemia minor. Your physician's your guide. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your white blood count and red blood count is high?

What does it mean when your white blood count and red blood count is high?

Infection/dehydratio: White blood cells (WBC) are those cells that help fight off infection. The most common reason for an increase is infection, but could indicate a drug reaction, or even some cancers.

High red blood cell (rbc) are the cells that carry oxygen to/carbon dioxide from your bodies tissues. High count could be dehydration, heart disease, or low oxygen levels in blood.

A doctor can interpret results. ...Read more

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What does an elevated both white and red blood count mean? Do red cell counts rise during infections?

What does an elevated both white and red blood count mean? Do red cell counts rise during infections?

Leucocytosis: Elevated white cell count can represent many maladies in many people both male and female and also be normal in certain circumstances-like in labor! it can also be normal for certain people. Yes it does go up in infections -that being the most common condition for leucocytosis. It can also be a red flag for leukemia or other body area cancers. No-red cells do not commonly go up in infections! ...Read more

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Can having elevated red blood count make me so tired? Also should I worry that my LDL is 139? Just need to know so I don't stress so much

Can having elevated red blood count make me so tired? Also should I worry that my LDL is 139? Just need to know so I don't stress so much

RBC up + Hb?: Could be polycythemia rubra vera, a disease. On the other hand it could be that your brainstem is under the impression (biochemical) that you are living on a high mountain. Could be vitamin b1 and magnesium deficiency affecting the oxygen monitoring system. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have low red blood count, low hemoglobin, low hemocrit and high platelet count?

What does it mean when you have low red blood count, low hemoglobin, low hemocrit and high platelet count?

Anemia: A low red blood cell count is called anemia. Anemia can be further classified as microcytic when due to iron deficiency, or macrocytic when due to B12 deficiency. Sometimes we have a low blood cell count from bleeding or several other disorders. Elevated platelets are called thrombocytosis. Platelets are an acute phase reactant and elevate for several primary and secondary reasons. ...Read more

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Headaches, hb over 120, high bp (163/91), and elevated white & red blood count, am t2 diabetic. What could b going on?

Headaches, hb over 120, high bp (163/91), and elevated white & red blood count, am t2 diabetic. What could b going on?

Need more info.: Some illnesses, such as a pheochromocytoma or polycythemia, can cause some or all of your symptoms. However, you deserve to have an immediate careful general medical and cardiovascular evaluation to pinpoint the cause of your symptoms. ...Read more

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D Dimer test 550, high red blood count, long term shortness of breath for 5 years. What could be problem?

D Dimer test 550, high red blood count, long term shortness of breath for 5 years. What could be problem?

Context: Is the d dimer normal or high for the lab? Is there a history of smoking cigarettes, or a history of blood clots or emphysema? Chest pain, coughing up blood? This sounds like lung problems, but could also indicate a blood problem. More clinical info is needed. ...Read more

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I am a 31 yo female. My WBC was 19 and my RBC was 3.1 (iron level 8.2). What does it mean to have a high white blood count and a low red blood count?

D/w your doctor: How is your period? Is it heavy? What is your ferritin? Hemoglobin? You should see your doctor and discuss with your doctor about your blood work result. You are anemic and your serum iron is low. You may have an iron deficiency anemia which is related to your heavy cycle perhaps vs other kind of anemia. Wbc can be elevated in different settings-like bleeding, infection, inflammation, cancer etc. ...Read more

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Hello my son has low granulocytes and high lymphocytes, plus High red blood count and high pottasium. His IGE is also high. That does this indicate?

Hello my son has low granulocytes and high lymphocytes, plus High red blood count and high pottasium. His IGE is also high. That does this indicate?

Hard to say: To get the most from this site, we need you to provide background information like symptoms/duration/age. When you cite lab values we need to know why it was obtained. This is not a chat room & your questions are never linked. From what you provided this may be normal for the situation or a simple lab variation/error. ...Read more