I was diagnosed with polycythaemia vera a couple of years ago at the age of 61 and have been on daily low dose aspirin and regular venesections since then. I started off with weekly treatments which then reduced to monthly and for the last year I have been getting blood tests every 3 months which always leads to me needing to have a venesection. Two weeks ago I had a venesection as a result of my hematocrit testing at 46.2% two weeks previously. I asked the nurse if I could have a blood test after the treatment as I had no idea how much the venesection reduced the hematocrit. I thought that it would be good to see the variation over 3 months. I got a shock when I received the results this morning, I now have a level of 46.5%.
To me this indicates two possibilities, the first one being that my blood is staying around 46-47% throughout the 3 month cycle I have been working on and the venesection is not making any difference to this level. The second one being that in the two weeks between the test and the venesection my level had risen to some higher level and the venesection had only managed to reduce it to just above the level it had been a month ago.
Does anyone else have blood tests after they have a venesection? How long after do you have the test? does it bring the level down substantially or only a little?
Since my symptoms of itchiness, tiredness and loss of sleep through a foggy brain seem to be just the same after a venesection as before I am wondering whether I need a different treatment. I am reluctant to start taking drugs that could lead me towards complications and leukaemia. Has anyone found help through acupuncture, reiki or other forms of natural healing work?