Hi - I am wondering whether I should push for further investigation about the possibility of having Polycythemia. My doctor feels that my symptoms can be explained as side effects of Effexor (which I've been taking for a year), but I'm not entirely convinced, as I was feeling certain symptoms before I started that medication... I experience intermittent flu-like feelings: muscle aches (particularly calves and forearms), itching post bath or shower, night sweats, shortness of breath/ pressure in chest, headaches, heat intolerance, tiredness, dizziness / lightheaded - near fainting a few times recently.
Blood work abnormalities are:
Hematocrit range 35-43, mine at 46
Hemoglobin range 120-150, mine at 153
MCV range 82-98, mine at 101
We have ruled out B12 and folic acid deficiencies. A hematologist apparently reviewed my results and thought to retest in a year. It's been 3 months and I feels like my symptoms are getting worse.
Odd thing was my RBC was normal, and I would think that the red blood cell count would be high if it were Polycythemia? Perhaps I am wrong on that? If anyone has any insight I would appreciate it! Thanks