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I have had flu, chest infection, ear infection and severe mouth ulcers I have PV blood counts good last test. Does PV compromise immune syst

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Think your question is difficult to answer definitively but I too had numerous infections and unexplained aches & pains prior to my diagnosis of ET.

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Hi, I think it may depend on what meds you are taking, i know when i was on the interferon injections my consultant said my immune system would be compromised and recommended the flu jab every winter for example....

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quonut, The meds definately compromise our immune systems but I believe our conditions may contribute too. Before I was diagnosed I had amongst other things extreme fatigue, migraines, tinitus, Pneumonia, Hip and joint pain.

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There is no doubt that HU hydroxy urea or HC as its now called reduces resistance to infections . I have had Flu jabs for the last 15 years or so and generally keep reasonably well.

Catkinspolymer ET for 20years

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Since diagnosis/starting HU, the pains in my hips and pelvis have disappeared. Also, the chest infections (at least twice a year with lingering cold/cough for 6 weeks+ and 'tight chest') have gone. However, was told that my meds would affect my imune system - to counteract that I try to eat and live healthily and have not had any infection/cold for about 16 months now. Fingers crossed......

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