Hi first post so be gentle.
Had routine blood test just over a year ago, went to get results & the practice nurse mentioned in passing that my red count was high and they needed to keep an eye on, come for another blood test in 3 months. 3 months another test & session with the nurse, red still high (17.4) if memory serves me correctly & first mention of PV but told not worry but come back in 3 months. So once again time passes get my results heamoglobin still moving up (17.5), told to come back in 6 months. Longest 6 months of my life pass and I go back and have my test, phone up for results and get told my gp wants to see me. (Wee bit worried now) can't see him for a week, go back and mentions that he's concerned about heamoglobin again and I need another test, but didn't say what (he doesn't encourage questions )
Phone up about results, told abnormal as expected please come in. Went today, fortunately it was a locum who actually asked me how I felt, explained I was tired all the time, itchy & had a pain in my leg. He then asked about family history (lost grandad to strokes at early age & mum to cancer).
He then explained about PV but said my test last week was jak test and it was negative, he examined my abdomen (spleen palpable apparently), then phoned haematology at hospital for advice as tests borderline & not all symptoms consistent with PV (by now I'm totally confused)
He then explains that other blood tests should have been done (liver function etc)
So have got to have them, but also ultrasound on spleen and an x-Ray
He was a great doc, but I'm still confused, have I got PV ? Should I be worried?
I'm a 48 year old male who has lived life to the full shall we say & am now concerned it's coming back to bite me.
Sorry for long post, started typing and it all poured out