Blood work in general

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   Posted 5/25/2010 4:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey everyone...
I am waiting to see what the endo says on Friday when I see her....but I was called in to see my GP today, she had some BW done a couple of weeks ago and apparently the RBC are too high...she is concerned becuase there seems to be a pattern...this has been high for some time now...also the Hgb,Hct and MCV are also high....I have headaches, flushing, and soo tired..but I also have other issues as I am really scared and confused all in the one....
She now wants me to see a Hemotologist....oh good grief....I swear I have seen every "ist" there is....
Anyone else have these BLOOD issues???

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   Posted 5/26/2010 4:57 AM (GMT -7)   
No, not to the degree you're experiencing but I know what you mean about the ist's ;-) I have an impending appointment to discuss my latest A1c test and I know it will be not as low as I'd like it. I've recently had to put on some weight due to a medical problem/treatment and that meant straying from my usual diet. My doc won't be happy but I think I can explain my way out of it ;-)
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   Posted 5/27/2010 11:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't know what half of those abbreviations mean, but I do know that my A1c is currently high, and so are my cholesterol and triglyserid readings for some reason. Hemoglobin and other tests are normal as far as I know. Later this year I'll even get tested for insulin resistance because my doses are really high too (almost 100 IU / day). This test wasn't included in the usual annual lab tests thus far, but apparently there exists a test for that too.

I've had some other unrelated problems during these last few months though.. back pains, slight joint pain, frequent yawning, hair loss. My muscles also get tired too quickly - It's like they are building up lactic acid as soon as I flex them just a little bit. No worries though, I seem to be getting better little by little, but I'll have to exercise more this summer. I've been kind of skipping all sports for far too long.

However, It's funny that I'm not overweight. I've always been light to middle weight more or less. I didn't gain much weight (but I wasn't underweight either) while growing until I was ordered to take extra insulin in the form of injections, thanks to being diagnosed with type 1 at the age of 11..

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   Posted 5/27/2010 12:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I understand (from reading your other post) that you'll be seeing an Endo today/tomorrow.

That's great! It's who's hands you should be in, especially with some of the other issues you previously listed (i.e. thyroid). He's the hormone/endocrine and metabolism specialist. He'll be the one to make the best assessment of your recent labs in the context of your specific situation. Was it your GP that prescribed the thyroid meds? An Endo is the thyroid specialist so, he'll be looking at that, too. He's also familiar with the gastro issue, as it is not uncommon with Diabetes and is within his professional scope.

The tests you mention all have to do with red blood cells: how many, how big, what colour, etc. Sometimes these tests help determine the direction or progression of disease or illness (with or without medication) as well as things like anemia. It's usually not the result that's important but how the result relates to previous tests; it's the changes that matter.

When you see the new doc, ask him to explain things, that's what he's there for. I've even gone so far as taking a little tape recorder to help me retain the message :-)

Hang in there. You'll be in the right hands soon - an Endocrinologist (and I hope you get a good one).
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus

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