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Exposed to high chemicals, pain in legs, horrible head ache and tired always.

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One friday morning i went to get my blood test done because my doctor was worried about my health. I moved to Mexico in august i am from the U.S. i am american my family is american,etc. So here i am exposed to high chemicals. Also i have symptoms of inflammation in the stomach or like a little downer then there. I also have pains in the legs, i also have horrible head pains (AWFUL) and i am very tired all the time. I have ashma since i was little and been severely sick this whole year. i got high in this things(took them in mex. doing my best to translate):-High in Calcium -high Erythrocytes -High hemoglobin -high hematocrit-high in Hemoglobin Media Corp.-Distrib width. Erythrocyte-high monocytes-high basophils

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Hello, Thank you for asking your query at DoctorSpring.

From your CBC reports, high hematocrit , high hemoglobin, icreased erythrocyte points towards one diagnosis, Secondary Polycythemia Vera. You must have been exposed to chemicals such as benzene, embalming fluid or petroleum products.

If you can move from out of mexico where you are exposed to chemicals, would be the best option for you. As it's the chemicals you are exposed to that is bringing about these signs and symptoms in your body. Your body seems to be taking these chemicals as allergens further exacerbating your previous asthma and also the cause for your increased monocyte and high basophils.

As an immediate treatment I suggest you to take Pantoprazole two times half an hour before food, this will reduce your burning stomach. Continue the treatment you are taking for asthma. Move out of Mexico or the place you are exposed to chemicals. After two weeks after moving out, again go for a complete blood count, your blood counts should have stabilized.

If they haven't then I suggest you to visit a physician, treatments for polycythemia are Aspirin , Hydroxyurea, Phlebotomy, Myelosuppression depending on the severity.

Hope this helps. Please feel free to ask follow-up questions

Dr. John Monheit
Category: Family Physician-GP
Residecny: North Colorado Family Medicine
Medical School: The Chicago Medical Center
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