Yanche wrote:Sorry to learn you have a rare condition. Does it cause you any limitations in living your life?
Constant weakness, dizziness, visual problems, memory problems, balance problems, a flushed red face, pressure in the head, tinnitus, a very high risk of blood clots, heart attack, and stroke, and the need to donate a pint of my blood to science far more frequently than you can ever imagine are my main problems so far. My spleen is slowly getting bigger by the day also and may need to be removed some day. The condition is loosely in the Leukemia family, though in the early stages at least it is more like the exact opposite of Leukemia in that my bone marrow makes too many red blood cells (actually all blood cells) all the time and can't stop doing so. The thick blood from too many cells being generated continually is the reason for the high risk of stroke, blood clots, etc... Eventually it can devolve into acute Leukemia, after the bone marrow becomes tired of its never ending production of blood cells and it eventually stops doing so altogether. This is called the "spent phase".