04: First Hematologist Appointment for Polycythemia Vera Patient

04: First Hematologist Appointment for Polycythemia Vera Patient
MPN Chronicles

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MPN Chronicles Podcast – 04, PV Reporter, Always Ask Your Doctor for your CBC or your test results and keep a binder to Monitor your Progress

by David Wallace

After 2 visits to the ER, I finally had my first hematologist meeting.  She reviewed the tests that were done in the ER and ran a CBC.  The doctor informed me, I would need a series of phlebotomies over the next several weeks.

polycythemia vera PV patient getting phlebotomy treatmentThis would get my HCT down to a normal range.  In turn, my relentless chest pain (and other symptoms) due to thick, high volume and slow flowing blood should begin to ease.

Please listen to the Podcast for all the details.


About David Wallace

Founder of PV Reporter, a resource for Myeloproliferative Neoplasm (MPN) patients and caregivers. After being diagnosed with Polycythemia Vera (PV) in 2009, I utilized social media to connect with "informed patients" and develop a better understanding of emerging treatment options. My philosophy on patient care is straight forward - "educating the patient is essential, so the patient can guide their physician to meet his or her needs." PV Reporter is a comprehensive resource hub giving visitors vital tools to become "empowered patients."

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