- Feb 15, 2006
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- G.R. MI
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linkPolycythemia vera is an abnormal increase in blood cells (primarily red blood cells) resulting from excess production by the bone marrow.
Polycythemia vera is an acquired disorder of the bone marrow that causes the overproduction of all three blood cell lines: white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets.
It is a rare disease that occurs more frequently in men than women, and rarely in patients under 40 years old. It is not known what causes polycythemia vera.
The disease usually develops slowly, and most patients do not experience any problems related to the disease after being diagnosed. However, the abnormal bone marrow cells may begin to grow uncontrollably in some patients leading to acute myelogenous leukemia.
Patients with polycythemia vera also have an increased tendency to form blood clots that can result in strokes or heart attacks. Some patients may experience abnormal bleeding because their platelets are abnormal.
I was diagnosed with this two years ago, while in the hospital for chest pains (turned out to be stress-related)... they had to drain two pints of blood from me, and kept me for another day, when they drained another pint. Basically my blood is too thick, and draining off a pint or two thins it for a while.
My question is: is there any way for me to siphon off my own blood occasionally? Self-phlebotomy? This isn't a joke... it needs to be done but I don't have medical insurance and the bills are killing me (NPI). Any doctors in the house?