Hello all, I had high HB and HCT about three years ago and had venesection approx 7 times over the next year. I was then advised that the consultants would monitor levels, so to have a blood test every 3 months for the next year, where it would be reviewed. After the first blood test, 3 months later the consultant discharged me saying there was nothing wrong with me!!
Anyway, this was just over a year ago and 3 weeks ago I had a blood test where the HB was 17.9, HCT 51.5 and red cell count 58.2. Dr advised that I drink lots and have tests again in 3 weeks. I have just had the second blood tests and HB has gone down to 16.3, HCT 51.6 and not sure about any others yet. Receptionist says that the Dr says no further action required.
In your opinions, should I worry about the high HCT level as this was the one that the previous consultants advised they look at and it needs to be kept below 45. I know the HB is just into the normal range again, but I am not convinced that this is all just "normal" again now. Previously I had had a headache constantly for over 2 years and this miraculously went away when I started running back in October, but the headaches have come back in the last 5 weeks, which seems to coincide with the blood levels going back up again.
Sorry to go on and on, but feeling confused and not sure if the GP is really on top of things?
Thank you in advance, Chrissie